Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Novel

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: COMM5410

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Novel

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Olga Lorenzo
9925 4058

Laurie Clancy
9925 4340

Nominal Hours: 85

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

Students should have completed Produce Writings- Novel (VBP552)

Course Description

The emphasis in this course is to extend a novel in progress, concentrating on further development of plot, themes, characterisation and dialogue. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Novel

Learning Outcomes

Not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

All classroom-based lectures, workshopping, group exercises.
Students are expected to do their own research and writing off-campus.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: this is a rough guide subject to change depending on class needs and the teaching style of individual teachers.

Weeks 1-2
Orientation and/or Introduction

Weeks 3-4   
Review of Craft Elements in the Beginnings of Novels, introduction to Craft elements in the middle of novels

Weeks 5-7   
Voice and Point of View, reviewed

Weeks 8-11       
Rhythm and Pace

Weeks 12-13   
Show, don’t Tell

Weeks 14-15   

Weeks 16-20   

Week 21   
Music as a theme in novel writing

Week 22   
Dialogue, continued

Week 23   
Writing from life

Week 24   
Writing from dreams

Weeks 25-28   
Plot and structure

Week 29              
Writing food

Weeks 30-33       
Publishers, agents

Weeks 34-35       
Editing and Revising

Week 36               
Semester Review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

For Olga Lorenzo:
Weeks 1-18:
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The White Hotel by DM Thomas

Weeks 19-36:
Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley
Perfume by Patrick Suskind

For Laurie Clancy:
Weeks 1-18
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard

Weeks 19-36
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller  by Italo Calvino
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes part of a novel manuscript, a class presentation and in-class workshopping.

Assessment Tasks

1. 5000 word manuscript
A 5000-word excerpt from novel, including word count, edited to publishable standard.
80% of assessment

2. Presentation on set text
Five-minute presentation on the text set above, focussing on a single element of craft.
Note: this is not a book review, nor a discussion of the themes of the novel or a recounting of the plot. It is a discussion of ONE of the elements of craft covered in the teaching schedule above; i.e., pace, dialogue, point of view, etc. Your report should focus on WHAT I LEARNED about this element of craft while reading this book. Take notes while reading.
10% of assessment

3. Class participation: Workshops, Class Discussions and Exercises
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 writing and discussion of class exercises.
10 % of assessment

Assessment Matrix

Not applicable

Other Information

Not applicable

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