Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Advanced Novel

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: COMM5414

Course Title: Refine writing and editing techniques - Advanced 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
Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
9925 4058 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)

Nominal Hours: 70

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)    and either have completed or be in the process of completing Refine writing and editing techniques – Novel (VBP553)                                           

Course Description

 This course covers the knowledge and skills required to research and experiment with writing and editing techniques and media to generate writings. The emphasis in this course is on completing a manuscript to publishable standard and preparing to show the work to publishers and agents. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP553 Refine writing and editing techniques - Advanced Novel


1. Inform work through experimentation with writing techniques and media   

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The potential for new approaches to writing based on the capabilities of techniques already used are evaluated
1.2 New techniques are selected, adapted and introduced for the achievement of different effects
1.3 The capabilities of writing techniques are extended through experimentation to inform practice
1.4 Relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners are researched, adapted and used with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements


2. Develop and refine conceptual vision for writings

Performance Criteria:

2.1 A conceptual vision for writings are developed based on a knowledge and understanding of different writing techniques
2.2 The criteria for selecting techniques are considered based on results of experimentation
2.4 The approach to work which meets established criteria is selected
2.5 The conceptual vision is refined based on on-going experimentation and analysis of writing techniques


3. Determine and organise resource requirements for work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches are assessed
3.2 Potential sources of supply of writing resources are researched and accessed
3.3 Constraints that may impact on the development of work are evaluated


4. Plan the writing

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The writing task is planned to reflect the media, scope, structure and content of the work and to meet agreed timelines
4.2 Ideas are organised and developed into an ordered sequence of scenes
4.3 All resources required to deliver the writing task are organised
4.4 A timeline for the completion of the writing task that reflects the critical milestones is determined


5. Realise writings                              

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Writings are realised using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision
5.2 The potential for changes in the use of techniques are evaluated and responded to
5.3 The conceptual vision is refined  based on on-going experiences with the production of writings
5.4 Issues of design and presentation of writings are considered and appropriate actions taken

Learning Outcomes

Not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

Students learn through classroom-based lectures, workshopping, writing exercises, discussion and class presentations. Students are expected to do their own research and writing off-campus.

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1

1Orientation Week
3Workshopping of novels, review of beginnings
4Workshopping of novels, review of beginnings, continued
5Workshopping, review of place
6Workshopping, review of pace
7Workshopping, overview of publishing industry
8Presentations on elements of craft, workshopping
9Presentations on elements of craft, workshopping
10Presentations on elements of craft, workshopping
11Workshopping, place and atmoshpere
12Workshopping, metaphor
13Workshopping, middles of novels
14Workshopping, middles of novels
15Workshopping, middles continued
17Publishing continued, semester overview
18Semester review by appointment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Recommended: Elizabeth George, Write Away, Harper Collins

Overview of Assessment

5000 word manuscript                            

Assessment Tasks

A 5,000-word excerpt from novel edited to publishable standard, including:

  •  exact word count
  • (maximum) 800-word synposis
  • 2500 word section of manuscript clearly identified for close assessment
Due Date

Percentage weight

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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.

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