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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

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
Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
9925 4047 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)

Nominal Hours: 85

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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

    • lectures
    • demonstrations
    • guest lecturers
    • peer teaching and class presentations
    • exercises
    • discussion
    • group activities/projects
    • workshopping
    • field trips
    Related independent learning:

    •    research
    •    reading
    •    discussion and comment via the class website, Blackboard
    •    assignment/project work

    Teaching Schedule

     1Orientation Week.
    2Introduction to the course. Explanation of the year’s work.
    3The concept of Young Adulthood - reality or marketing myth. Initial writing exercises.
    4Who writes, Why do they write, What do they write about?
    What interests teenagers - researching your market.
    5Beginning! - Ideas and inspiration.
    6Characters  - where do they come from?
    7Plotting your novel
    8Writing short stories for Young Adults.
     Picture books for Young Adults.
    9 Whole class workshopping
    10 The plot thickens....
     Old story - new design. Exploring different design techniques 
    11 Who’s telling your story? Exploration of voice
    12 Point of View - does it make a difference
    13 YA genre fiction
    14 Whole class workshopping
    15 Keeping it real - or not? How do we use real life experience. (First 5,000 word assessment due)
    `16Character development
    Secondary characters - what are they doing?
    17 Guest Speaker
    18 Review of the semester and discussion of work covered in
    semester 2
    19 Descriptive writing – Mood, Emotion, Atmosphere. Can your readers cope?
    20Guest speaker                 
    21 Writing convincing dialogue
    22 Writing Non-fiction
    23 Whole class workshopping
    24 Conflict, opposition and suspense.
    25 Reviewing YA fiction
    26The popularity of speculative fiction
    27 Interior monologues - how to use them effectively
    28 Whole class workshopping
    29Chapter outlines - how useful are they?
    30  The drafting process  - When is enough really enough?
    31 Submitting a proposal
    32 Whole class workshopping
    33Mainstream v series fiction – How popular do you want to be? (Second 5,000 word   assessment piece due)
    34 Pitch to Publishers
    35 Melbourne Cup Day
    36 Review of the year’s work

    Learning Resources

    Prescribed Texts


    Other Resources

    Extracts, readings and additional references are provided throughout the course. In addition to hard copy handouts, some readings are made available on the class website, Blackboard, and others can be accessed via the web.

    Recommended books will be discussed 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.

      Assessment Tasks

      1. Students are to submit the first 5,000 words of a novel suitable for a Young Adult readership. The submission should include a synopsis of the plot
           Due May 27. (35%)

      2. Students are to submit the second 5,000 words of a novel suitable for a Young Adult readership. The submission should include a chapter outline.
           Due October  21. (40%)

      2. Book Review
          Students are required to give a 5 minute oral review of a YA novel. Students will commit to a date for the review in the first class. (5%)

      3. 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. Students will commit to a date for the review in the first class.(10%)

      5. Class exercises and workshopping. (10%)

      Assessment Matrix

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