Course Title: Produce Writings - Novel

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COMM5401

Course Title: Produce Writings - Novel

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Coordinator : Dr Olga Lorenzo
Phone: 9925 4058 (Mon pm only)
Email: olga.lorenzo@rmit.edu.au

Teacher: Fran Cusworth
Email: fran.cusworth@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 105

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


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

Course Description

Produce Writings – Novel supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for developing the first draft of a novel.  You originate a concept early in first semester and then refine this concept while learning the basic conventions of novel writing.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP552 Produce Writings - Novel

Element:

1. Analyse the purpose of the writing task 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The purpose of the work is confirmed with relevant parties
1.2 The form, media and technique most appropriate to the purpose of the writing task is selected
1.3 The stylistic and cultural context of the writing task is proposed to meet the writing objective

Element:

2. Investigate the scope of the writing task

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The level and scope of the writing task is analysed to determine the length and style of the work
2.2 The level of research required to fulfil the agreed outcome to the required style and standard is analysed
2.3 The resources necessary to retrieve or generate the relevant information is determined
2.4 The type and level of information required to suit the context of the writing task is planned

Element:

3. Plan the writing task

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work
3.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence
3.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
3.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined

Element:

4. Create the writing task

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Components of the information required and the form in which the writing will be developed, constructed and presented is resolved
4.2 The intention of the writing task and the characteristics of the audience are reflected in the writing
4.3 Appropriate processes and research are utilised to retrieve the necessary information
4.4 The particular characteristics of the media are analysed to inform the writing in a way that is appropriate for the purpose of the writing
4.5 Relevant information sources are employed to generate and inform the writing task
4.5 Common literary devices and the metaphoric function of language are integrated into the writing task
4.6 Writing task is produced in accordance with writing goals

Element:

5. Realise the writing task

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The writing task is appropriate for the media, the context of the brief and the style of the subject matter
5.2 The language in which the writing task is written is suitable for the intended audience
5.3 The writing task is proofed and edited to the standard required for presentation
5.4 A draft is presented, if required, to the client to confirm that the work is acceptable
5.5 Work is adjusted as required and presented in the agreed manner and timeframe


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will have gained insight into the process of writing a novel. Through research and practical application of theory, 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

In-class activities:
• lectures
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• reading of excerpts of writings and set texts to provide examples of writing elements
• workshopping of students’ own projects
• analysis/critique of writings of students’ choice

Out-of-class activities:
• independent project based work
• writing and reading assignments
• online and other research
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

 WeekClass ContentAssignments Due Competency & Elements 
 Week 1

 Introduction to subject. Explanation of course structure and
assessment. Discussion of student and teacher expectations.
Texts set for the course

 Writing exercise

  VBP 552 1,2,3;
CUSRAD01A 1-4;
CUVCOR03A 1
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 2

 IDEAS                                               Where they come from. Finding your inspiration.
Workshopping

Workshopping

  VBP 552 1, 2, 3
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A1,2
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 3

 BEGINNINGS
Work-shopping of beginnings commences
Discussion of conventional and non-conventional beginnings
Writing exercise on beginnings

  VBP 552 3,4
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 4

 CHARACTER

Writing exercises experimenting with character
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 1,2,3,4
CUVCOR03A 1
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 5
POINT OF VIEW
Writing exercises on pov
work-shopping

 Notes for all 4-minute presentations on set texts DUE today VBP 552 2,3
CUVCOR03A 1
 Week 6

 MEMORY

Exercises experimenting with memory
work-shopping                                              

  VBP 552 2,3
CUVCOR03A 1
 Week 7
 VOICE AND TENSE


Other elements of voice examined
Writing exercises Presentations by students on set texts exploring elements of craft
Work-shopping
  VBP 552 1-4
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 8

 SMELL

Writing exercises experimenting with smell

Presentations by students on set texts exploring elements of craft
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 9
 STORY / PLOT
Writing exercise
Presentations by students on set texts exploring elements of craft
Work-shopping
  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2
 Week 10
 DEATH
Exercise on writing about death
Presentations by students on set texts exploring elements of craft
Work-shopping
  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 11

 FIGHTING fears and procrastination about writing.

Goal setting, time management, online tools.

Writing exercise
Presentations by students on set texts discussing elements of craft in novel
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A, 12, 3
 Week 12

Author visit

 Class presentations continued
Work-shopping
Writing exercises

  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 2,3
 Week 13
 DIALOGUE
Examination of dialogue and character in classic novels
Writing exercises to do with dialogue
Class presentations
Work-shopping
 500-word synopsis and 2000-word excerpt DUE today VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4;
CUVCOR03A
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 14

 Editor visit

Writing exercises to do with dialogue
Class presentations
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 2,3
 Week 15
 HUMOUR

Writing exercises
Class presentations
Work-shopping
  VBP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1, 2, 3
CUVCOR03A 2,3
 Week 16

 PACE and time lines - moving things along. When to linger, when to run.

Class presentations
Work-shopping

  BP 552 1-5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 2,3
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 17
 Assessment Week - no classes
  
  Semester 2  
 Week 1
 PLACE - Creating sense of place
Review of Semester 1 and introduction to Semester 2 work
 VBP 552 3,4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3;
CUVCOR11A 1,2  
 Week 2
 FOOD - Writing about
Discussion of craft
Writing exercises
Work-shopping
  VBP 552 3,4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 2,3
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 3

 STRUCTURE

Writing exercises
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 3,4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 2,3
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 4

 LOVE AND SEX - writing about

Class presentations
Writing exercises
Work-shopping

  BP 552 3,4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4;
CUVCOR03A
CUVCOR11A
 Week 5
 THE ’SHOW DON’T TELL DICTUM: When you have to tell; the unreliable narrator and subjectivity in the novel
Presentations on set text
Class presentations
Work-shopping
Writing exercises
 All 4-minute presentation notes due today VBP 552 3,4,5
CUVCOR03A 1,2,3
 Week 6
9 Aug

CHARACTER REVISITED

Presentations on set text
Class presentations
Work-shopping
Writing exercises

  VBP 552 3,4,5
CUVCOR03A 2,3
 Week 7

 STORY ARCS

Discussion of craft
Class presentations
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 3,4,
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 2, 3
CUVCOR11A
Week 8

 CHILDHOOD - writing about
Presentations on set text
Work-shopping
Writing exercises

  VBP 552 1,2,3,4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1, 2, 3
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 9

 Publisher visit

Presentations on set text
Work-shopping

  VBP 552 1,2,3
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
 Week 10
 CHARACTER ARCS
Class presentations
Work-shopping
  VBP 552 4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 11

REVISION and proof-reading.

Drafts.

Class presentations
Work-shopping
Writing exercise

  VBP 552 1,2,3,4,5
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
 Week 12
 TENSION, raising the stakes
Presentations on set text
Work-shopping
Writing exercise
  VBP 552 3,4,5
CUSRAD01A
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
 Week 13
 RESEARCH
Work-shopping
 500-word synopsis and 2000-word excerpt DUE today VBP 552 3,4
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
CUVCOR11A 1,2
 Week 14

 Author visit
Research

workshopping

  VBP 552 2
CUSRAD01A;
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
 Week 15

ENDINGS,

The publishing industry and
agents
workshopping

Breakup

  VBP 552 2
CUSRAD01A 1-4
CUVCOR03A 1,2, 3
 Week 16 Public Holiday  
 Week 17 Assessment Week - no classes
  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Brown, H., 2010, The Good Daughter, Penguin
Amsterdam,S., 2009, Things We Didn’t See Coming, Sleepers Publishing
O’Reilly, P., March 2012, The Fine Colour of Rust, Harper Collins
Temple, P,. 2009,  Truth, Text Publishing


References

George, E., 2004. Write Away — (ISBN 9780060560423)
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course


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.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. 

Semester 1

Assessment 1: Workshop 1,500-word novel extract.  Date for workshopping to be assigned by teacher. Photocopies of extract to be workshopped need to be arranged beforehand or brought to class. This work has to be separate from the Synopis and Novel Excerpt to be submitted at the end of the semester. (10%)

Assessment 2: Presentation.  Notes due week beginning March 5. A 4-minute presentation on one of the texts set for Semester 1 on a single aspect of craft or a single writing convention. You hand in presentation notes by the due date and give presentation on date negotiated with the teacher. Complying with time limit and responding to brief is a vital part of the assessment. (10%)

Assessment 3: Synopsis and Novel Excerpt.  Due week beginning May 7. A maximum 500-word synopsis and a 2,000-word excerpt of novel edited to publishable standard. Word count to be included and presentation as per industry requirements. (30%)


Semester 2

Assessment 4: Workshop 1,500-word novel extract. Date for workshopping to be assigned by teacher. Photocopies of extract to be workshopped need to be arranged beforehand or brought to class. This work has to be separate from the Synopis and Novel Excerpt to be submitted at the end of the semester. - (10%)

Assessment 5: Presentation. Notes due week beginning July 30. You hand in presentation notes by the due date and give presentation on date negotiated with the teacher. Complying with time limit and responding to brief is a vital part of the assessment.(10%)

Assessment 6. Synopsis and Novel Excerpt  due week beginning October 15. A maximum 500-word synopsis and a 2,000-word excerpt of novel edited to publishable standard. Word count to be included and presentation as per industry requirements. (30%)


80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further information on the criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

Feedback
You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL. http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Special Consideration Policy
Please refer to the following URL for information on applying for special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1


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