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Minor in Chinese Creative Writing

Offered from AY2014/15, the Minor in Chinese Creative Writing aims to nurture students with an interest in writing in Chinese, providing them with opportunities to study various literary forms and writing techniques. The courses offered will cover areas in fiction, poetry, prose, playwriting and  cross-media writing.

This Minor is open to all NTU students. To pursue the Minor in Chinese Creative Writing, students will have to read at least 5 courses, totaling at least 15 AUs in courses (including ONE compulsory course and any FOUR elective courses), taken as Unrestricted Electives (UE).

The School also partners the National Arts Council to run a Chinese creative writing residencies programme. Critically acclaimed writers, both local and international, work on a literary project of their own and teach creative writing courses in NTU.


Compulsory course

HF9101 Introduction to Creative Writing

This course introduces the students to the various genres of creative writing, which includes fiction, prose, poetry, playwriting, cross-media writing etc. Students will learn the techniques of appreciating various styles of works through the practices of writing, reading and collaborative critical response. This will help them to gain knowledge and experience in creative and critical cross-reading, which will increase their interest to develop a working knowledge in creative writing.


Elective Courses
(Students to take AT LEAST FOUR courses from the following)

HF9201 Creative Writing: Prose

This course explores the students to the various styles of prose writing, which includes lyrical prose, short essay, diary, autobiography, travel writing etc. Students will learn the techniques of appreciating various styles of works through the practices of writing, reading and collaborative critical response. This will help them to gain knowledge and experience in creative and critical cross-reading, which will increase their interest to develop a working knowledge in prose writing.

HF9301 Creative Writing: Chinese Fiction

Firstly, this course introduces fictional forms, including, the novel, novella, short story, and flash fiction. Various genres of fiction will be discussed in this course, for example coming-of-age fiction, native fiction, science fiction, martial arts fiction, and postmodern fiction. Students will gain the ability to appreciate the styles and techniques found in fiction classics. They will practice the writing styles found in fiction classics in order to stimulate their own fictional self-expression. The objective of this course is to guide students in the creative writing of fiction.

HF9401 Creative Writing: Chinese Poetry

First of all, this course guides students in the appreciation of symbols, rhythms, and forms of Chinese poetry and to grasp creative interpretation techniques. This course also discusses various experiments in poetic form, including lyrical poetry, regulated verse, visual poetry, misty poetry and erotic poetry. Students will learn to appreciate poems in all forms, discussing them and criticizing them. This course places particular emphasis on the practice of poetry composition, and encourages students to publish their works.​​​

HF9501 Creative Writing: Chinese Playwriting

This course combines the concepts and practice of theatre and performance. Firstly, structures and forms advocated by traditional Western theories of drama, such as the “three unities” and the “fourth wall” will be revisited. Then, the course will move on to the theatricality and suppositionality valued by Chinese and modern theatrical theory. This will provide students with a complete overview of basic dramatic concepts from both China and the West, acting as a theoretical resource for students to draw on when interpreting and writing plays. Various forms of drama are also discussed, such as one-act plays, plays dealing with social issues, the theatre of the absurd, black box theatre, and avant-garde theatre. This course places special emphasis on the practice of playwriting and performance. Students will be required to write scenes and short plays.

HF9601 Creative Writing: Chinese Crossmedia Writing

With the arrival of the digital era, cross-media writing has broken down the limitations imposed on literary creation by traditional print media. Crossmedia writing has achieved experiments in the breaking down of boundaries between different media, such as video, music, broadcast, and internet. More non-literary factors, such as digital technology, are absorbed to reconstruct the creative text. This course will discuss cross-media writing in all forms, for example literary film adaptations, film scriptwriting, TV scriptwriting, Internet literature, and new media writing. This course places emphasis on the practice of crossmedia writing, and encourages students to make direct use of the Internet to create cross-media writings, upload their creations, publish them on new media, and discuss and critique the results.

HF9701 Advanced Creative Writing: Chinese Prose
Pre-requisites: HF9101, HF9201

This course places special emphasis on intensive practice of Chinese prose. Students are required to have hands-on practice in writing various styles of prose. The objective of this course is to guide students into producing Chinese prose which possess creativity and to encourage them to publish their works. This course can only be offered to those students who have successfully completed HF9101 Introduction to Chinese Creative Writing and HF9201 Creative Writing: Chinese Prose.

HF9801 Advanced Creative Writing: Chinese Fiction
Pre-requisites: HF9101, HF9301;

This course places special emphasis on intensive practice of Chinese prose. Students are required to have hands-on practice in writing various genres of fiction. The objective of this course is to guide students into producing Chinese fiction which possess creativity and to encourage them to publish their works. This course can only be offered to those students who have successfully completed HF9101 Introduction to Chinese Creative Writing and HF9301 Creative Writing: Chinese Fiction.​​​​​​​​​​