Course Title: Developing a Writing Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Developing a Writing Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context


Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed Building a Strong Narrative (COMM2456).

Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop a more substantial writing project. Building on skills learned in first year, you develop your concept in consultation with your teacher and outline the project, building in realistic timelines and objectives. Your work may take the form of a novel, non-fiction project, collection of short stories or another work of fiction or creative non-fiction.

You are introduced to selected readings to inform your project and you continue to learn about aspects of narrative technique, applying these techniques to your own writing. You develop your project with the support of staff and peers in a structured classroom environment as well as in smaller workshopping groups.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • acquire and apply the skills to write works of fiction and non-fiction, edit professionally, create digital content, design print and web-based products, develop and manage writing and editing projects 
  • apply and creatively adapt theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to reflect the needs and expectations of varied readerships and markets.

Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • communicate the concept for your writing project, identify the form in which you are going to develop your project, and outline its structure
  • undertake and manage a long-term writing project, develop your narrative, redraft your work as necessary, reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses and reviewing constructive feedback from others to improve your work
  • provide constructive feedback to others, clearly communicating your writing and/or editing corrections, suggestions and concerns to fellow writers.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves considerable class discussion and workshopping, giving you an opportunity for ongoing feedback from staff and peers. You will be expected to work independently on your chosen project as well as submit and critique material for regular workshopping sessions.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Professional Writing and Editing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Presentation (35%)

You will prepare a 10-minute presentation of your project outline and workshop ideas with the class.

Aligned course learning outcomes: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2: Folio (15%)

You will write a minimum 3000-word first-draft folio of writing.

Aligned course learning outcomes: 2

Assessment Task 3: Essay (45%)

You will write a 2500-word major writing piece and a 100-word statement of context.

Aligned course learning outcomes: 2, 3