Course Title: Produce Writings - Writing for Children
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2007
Course Code: COMM5405
Course Title: Produce Writings - Writing for Children
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: Brendan Lee 9925 4368
Course Contact Email:Brendan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 105
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Produce Writings –Writing for Children supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required to write and market material for young children.
You are introduced to the works of various children’s writers and examine the techniques used in writing picture storybooks, junior novels and other forms of fiction and non-fiction materials for children.
Produce Writings – Writing for Children 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 - Writing for Children
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a concept into a variety of written works for children.
Details of Learning Activities
3. Guest speakers
4. Workshopping, self-criticism of written work, providing oral critiques of others’ work
|1||Introduction to the subject and explanation of the semester’s work.
Looking at the market. Who’s publishing what?
Initial writing exercises.
|2||Writing for children/writing for adults – is there a difference
And where does it lie?
|3.||Begin at the beginning – ideas and inspiration
Discussion of drafting and workshopping process.
|4.||.Introduction to picture books – discussion of format.
Stages and development of 3-5 year old children in relation to the content of pre-school picture books
|5||Stages and development of early school aged children. Comparison between pre-school and primary picture books.
|6||Beginnings, Middles and Ends.
|7||Creating characters in 400 words|
|8||Picture book settings. “Where’ is important.|
|9|| Making a dummy.
|10||Relationship between text and illustration Picture books for older readers – a growing market|
|11||Picture books for older readers – a growing market|
|12||Drafting process – What to look out for|
|13||Rhyming picture books – why children love them and publishers don’t|
|14||Non-fiction and picture books
|15||Whole class workshopping|
|16|| Rhyme, rhythm and song – poetry for younger children
Play writing – is there a market?
|17|| Guest Speaker
Review of the semester and discussion of work covered in semester 2
|18||Review of semesterJ|
|19||unior fiction - What’s involved?
Bridging novels, early chapter books, picture books for older readers, longer novels
Beginning your novel
|20|| Characters who help you plot.
Characters for different age groups.
Real and composite characters
|21|| Who is telling your story?
Looking at the pros and cons of different points of view
|22||Look who’s talking - Writing convincing dialogue|
|23||Beginnings, middles and ends - ideas on structure|
|24|| Non-Fiction for middle/upper primary
|25|| Fairy tales, the hero’s journey and Harry Potter - Are we re-telling the same stories?
Looking at fantasy as a genre.
|26|| The education market
|27||Issue Books – Is there a place for them?|
|28||Short stories for children
|29|| Whole class workshopping
|30||Using our own our own and other people’s experience|
|31||Poetry – Is there a market?|
|32|| Writing Reviews
What purpose do they serve?
What‘s involved in writing them.
How to get your review published
|33|| Writing as a business.
Submitting your manuscript
How to write a covering letter
The role of the editor
|34|| Whole class workshopping
Individual consultations to help with last minute problems.
|35||Series fiction – fast, fun and financially rewarding (sometimes!)|
|36||Reviewing the year|
Teachers will provide handouts in class
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.
Picture Book Texts
Students are required to write two texts suitable for picture books for younger readers. They are also required to make a dummy for each picture book to demonstrate an understanding of the format. Illustrations are not required.
The two texts are to be submitted at the end of Semester 1. (35%)
Students should read and record the details of at least 15 picture books in Semester 1. The reading list to be submitted at the end of the year should include:
- A brief description of the book including your response (100 words is plenty)
- Publishing details. (5%)
Students are to write a short novel of around 4000 words suitable for younger readers. This is to be submitted at the end of Semester 2. (30%)
Students are to write an article suitable for Comet or Explore magazines. You will be given a list of the 2007/8 themes for these magazines and you must follow the guidelines put out by the publishers on their website regarding word count, content etc. This will be due towards the end of Semester 2. (10%)
Oral review of a children’s novel to be given a date chosen by the student in Semester 2. (5%)
Students are required to give a 15 minute class paper on a subject of their choice. The subject should be related to Children’s Literature and students are asked to let the lecturer know the topic they have chosen at least a week before the presentation is due. Students are required to hand in the written notes from their talk with all sources acknowledged. Students will give their papers throughout the year on a date to be chosen early in Semester 1 (10%)
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