Course Title: Towards Publication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Towards Publication

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have completed Developing a Writing Project (COMM2458)

Course Description

This course takes you through the process involved in preparing a manuscript for publication, including final drafting, editing, manuscript presentation and pitching your work to publishers. During the course you will take on the role of either writer or editor, and collaborate with other students to learn first-hand about the writer/editor relationship. Student can develop and prepare a fiction or non-fiction manuscript for publication with a view to approaching publishers with their work, or focus on and be given an opportunity for industry placement*.

This is a nominated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for AD016 Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing. The integration of work based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic industry problems or address real issues faced in organisations.

 *An agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement (local and international).International placements must be registered and processed through RMIT Education Abroad.  In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to 6. Early Termination of Placements in the Work Integrated Learning Procedure.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • communicate your writing and/or editing corrections, suggestions and concerns to fellow authors and editors
  • format your manuscript with consideration for presentation issues such as font, alignment, line spacing and margins
  • identify suitable markets for your work and devise appropriate methods of targeting these markets
  • identify the publisher(s) most suitable for you to work with, either as a writer or editor and initiate contact with publishers via query letters, proposals and/or brief -synopses
  • pitch your project to the most appropriate publisher
  • collaborate with other professionals on a range of projects.

Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • demonstrate critical thinking and innovation when identifying and responding to problems in diverse contexts within writing, editing and publishing
  • work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness
  • apply initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making as a writer, editor or future student.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • class discussions and activities, which provide the framework for exploring course content and practising relevant skills
  • guest lectures from specialist industry speakers
  • workshops to assist with manuscript development
  • independent research and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials
  • industry placement for those students wishing to specialise as editors.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course information and learning materials are available through myRMIT and you are provided with selected written and visual material in class. You can also access a range of resources through the library, e-reserve, various archives and the web.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment will include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual projects.