Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Writing for young adults

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: COMM5413

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Writing for young adults

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Mr Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

 Clare Renner
Tel: 9925 4047

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

At RMIT, Refine Writing and Editing –Writing for YA is delivered and assessed along with the following competencies.

•CUVCOR04A - Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
•CUVCOR13A - Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice
•CUECOR01B - Manage own work and learning
•CUSADM03A - Manage a project
•CUVDES05A - Interpret and respond to a brief
•CUSRAD02A - Conduct research

Through the development of these competencies, you gain the skills needed to manage your work and learning while responding to a project brief. You research the work of other writers and publishers and apply your findings to your own project through the development of a concept into a written work.

Course Description

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to write for young adults. You analyse and discuss a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writing for this audience while developing a concept for your own project. You also experiment with writing and editing techniques in order to write a work that meets the particular needs of a young adult readership.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Writing for young adults

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop a concept into a written work for young adult readership

    Details of Learning Activities

     Classroom based lectures, guest speakers, excursions

    Teaching Schedule

    Week 1    Orientation. Introduction to the subject. Explanation of the year’s work.
    Week 2    The concept of Young Adulthood - reality or marketing myth. Initial writing exercises.
    Week 3    Who writes, Why do they write, What do they write about?
                      What interests teenagers - researching your market.
    Week 4    Beginning! - Ideas and inspiration.
    Week 5    Writing short stories for Young Adults.
                     Picture books for Young Adults.
    Week 6    Plotting your novel.
                      Preparing an outline. Looking at the difference between a synopsis and a chapter outline. Plotting exercises.
    Week 7    The plot thickens....
                     Old story - new design. Exploring different design techniques.

    Week 8    Whole class workshopping
    Week 9    Characters  - where do they come from?
    Week 10   Who’s telling your story? Exploration of voice and viewpoint
    Week 11   YA genre fiction - what’s around?
                      The popularity of speculative fiction
    Week 12   Whole class workshopping
    Week 13   Keeping it real - or not? How do we use real life experience.
    Week 14   Character development
                      Secondary characters - what are they doing?
     Week 15  Mainstream v series fiction – How popular do you want to be?
    Week 16  Writing multicultural YA fiction
    Week 17  Last chance for workshopping and consultation
    Week 18   Review of the semester and discussion of work covered in
                      semester 2

    Week 19   Descriptive writing – Can your readers cope?
    Week 20   Writing convincing dialogue
    Week 21  Guest speaker                  
    Week 22   Whole class workshopping
    Week 23  Conflict, opposition and suspense.
    Week 24   Mood, Emotion, Atmosphere.
    Week 25    Reviewing YA fiction
    Week 26    Popular fiction
    Week 27    Whole class workshopping
    Week 28     Submitting a proposal
    Week 29    Writing for magazines
    Week 30    Looking at the education market.
    Week 31    Whole Class Workshopping
    Week 32    The drafting process  - When is enough really enough?                  
    Week 33    Workshopping and individual consultations to help with last minute problems. Week 34     Writing as a business.
    Week 35    Guest Speaker
    Week 36    Review of the year’s work

    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts


    Other Resources

    •  Suggested reading material will be provided in class by teacher.
    • Handouts provided in class by teacher
    • Internet access through RMIT Library
    • Publications & dvds/videos through RMIT Library, community libraries, video libraries and other sources

    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

       1. 10,000 words of a novel suitable for a Young Adult readership
      5,000 words and a synopsis of a YA novel due at the end of Semester 1.
       A further 5000 words of the YA novel and a chapter outline due at the end of Semester 2.

      2. Book Review
           Oral review of a YA novel to be given at a time of the student’s choosing. (5%)

      3. Reading List.
           Students should read and record the details of at least 10 novels this year. The reading list to be submitted at the end of the year should include:    
      - A brief synopsis of the plot, character and theme of each novel (100 words is plenty)
      - Publishing details.

      4. Class Paper
            Students are required to give a 15 minute class paper on a subject of their choice. The subject should be related to Young Adult 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. (10%)

      5. Class exercises and workshopping. (10%)
          (Assessed throughout the semester.)

      Assessment Matrix

       Not applicable

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