Course Title: Fiction for Young Adults

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fiction for Young Adults

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2470

City Campus

Undergraduate

345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Coordinator Email: penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prerequisites

None

Required Prior Study

Successful completion of COMM2456 Building a Strong Narrative

OR

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=x94or0ccuu7k


Course Description

This course focuses on writing fiction for older children and teenagers. By reading examples and discussing themes, character development, plot and style you will learn the conventions that govern this market and develop ways to make your writing relevant and appealing to a young readership. You will explore options for publication within both the trade and education markets and identify publishers specialising in children’s and teenage fiction.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify and discuss different style, genres and trends in young adult fiction
  • write original texts suitable for teenagers and young adults, creating a credible narrative voice and characters that appeal to this readership
  • identify and manage issues such as gender, ethnicity, sexuality and censorship that arise when writing for this market
  • critically review and give feedback on peers’ writing, and use feedback to improve your own writing.


Program Learning Outcomes

This is an option course, which will complement the Program Learning Outcomes you are developing in your program.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • studios, where you will learn through practice, exploration and reflection
  • lectures, which provide the framework for exploring novels and other texts for children
  • completion of class exercises designed to clarify course content and practice relevant skills
  • writing workshops to assist development of writing techniques with feedback from peers and teacher
  • independent study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.


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 http://rmit.libguides.com/wcprp.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/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 for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Writing voice and character (20%)

You will produce a piece of creative writing that focuses on voice and character.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcome:

  • write original texts suitable for teenagers and young adults, creating a credible narrative voice and characters that appeal to this readership.


Assessment Task 2: Novel opening (30%)

You will develop a concept for a young adult novel and write the opening section of the novel.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • identify and discuss different style, genres and trends in young adult fiction
  • write original texts suitable for teenagers and young adults, creating a credible narrative voice and characters that appeal to this readership
  • identify and manage issues such as gender, ethnicity, sexuality and censorship that arise when writing for this market.
     

Assessment Task 3: Novel excerpt (50%)

You will write an excerpt from a young adult novel. You will be expected to analyse any feedback you receive on your work and use this to improve your writing. 

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • write original texts suitable for teenagers and young adults, creating a credible narrative voice and characters that appeal to this readership
  • identify and manage issues such as gender, ethnicity, sexuality and censorship that arise when writing for this market
  • critically review and give feedback on peers’ writing, and use feedback to improve your own writing.