Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Provides students with skills in writing specifically for young readers by investigating the development of children's and young adult fiction and the demands being made on producers of texts for young people in contemporary times. Students will build a portfolio through creative original works relevant to the young adult market. Intended as a second/third-year unit.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is writing for young people?

Topic 2: Ethics of writing for young people.

Topic 3: Ethics (cont.) and Age of Target Audience.

Topic 4: Gender in YA fiction.

Topic 5: Race and subcultures in YA fiction.

Topic 6: Genre in YA fiction.

Topics 8-12: Writing strategies in YA fiction: The reader and the story.

Topics 8-12: Writing strategies in YA fiction: Pacing, action and dialogue.

Topics 8-12: Writing strategies in YA fiction: Revising and editing strategies.

Topics 8-12: Writing strategies in YA fiction: Publishing.

Topics 8-12: Writing strategies in YA fiction: Workshopping.

Topics 8-12: Writing strategies in YA fiction: Workshopping.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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