Course Title: Produce Writings - Novel
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2007
Course Code: COMM5401
Course Title: Produce Writings - Novel
School: 345T Creative Media
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing
Course Contact : Program Administration Brendan Lee
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368
Course Contact Email:Brendan.email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 105
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This course introduces you to the basic conventions of novel writing. You originate a concept early in first semester and then refine this concept while developing the first draft of a novel. Produce Writings – Novel supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent performance as a writer in a range of writing contexts.
The competency Produce Writings – Novel VBP552 is delivered and assessed alongside the following competencies:
CUVCOR03A: Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work
CUVCOR11A: Source information on history and theory and apply to own work
CUSRAD01A: collect and organise information
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VBP552 Produce Writings - Novel
Not applicable On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to develop the concept for a novel, create and refine a synopsis and begin the first draft of a manuscript.
Details of Learning Activities
Students learn through classroom-based lectures, workshopping, writing exercises, discussion and class presentations. Students are expected to do their own research and writing off-campus.
The following schedule is a rough guide, subject to change depending on class needs.
|2||Getting ideas for novel themes|
|3||Craft elements in the beginnings of novels|
|4–6||Voice and point of view|
|7–8||Rhythm and pace|
|9–11||Show, don’t tell|
|20–21||Sense of place and atmosphere|
|22||Politics and the novel|
|23–24||Texts set by teacher|
|25||Realism, modernism and post-modernism|
|26–27||Texts set by teacher|
|28–29||Imagery, metaphor and symbolism|
|30–31||Texts set by teacher|
|35||Practicalities of selling novels|
This will vary according to the teacher.
For Olga Lorenzo
Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
The Love Child by Fran Cusworth
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
For Laurie Clancy
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner
Moral Hazard by Kate Jennings
The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Overview of Assessment
Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.
1. Novel excerpt
A 5000-word excerpt from your novel, including word count, and edited to publishable standard.
80% of total assessment
A five-minute presentation on one of the set texts, focussing on a single element of craft.
Note: this is neither a book review, a discussion of the themes of the novel nor a recounting of the plot. It is a discussion of only one element of craft covered in the teaching schedule above: for example, pace, dialogue or point of view. The presentation should focus on ’what I learned’ about this element of craft while reading this book. Students should take notes while reading.
10% of total assessment
3. Class participation
Students are expected to participate in class discussions, consistently workshop manuscripts, respond to feedback, provide a positive contribution to the work-in-progress of other students, contribute to an analysis and discussion of set texts, and participate in the writing and discussion of class exercises.
10 % of total assessment
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