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CWR1003 Writing for Young Readers

Semester 3, 2020 Online
Short Description: Writing for Young Readers
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100705 - Written Communication
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kate Cantrell

Other requisites

Students undertaking this course are strongly encouraged to also complete ENL2006 Literature and Adolescence: Writing the Child. ENL2006 can be taken either before or after completing CWR1003.


This introductory first year creative writing course focuses on how to write short works suitable for young readers, including writing for pre-readers (including picture books), early childhood, younger reader, and young adult readerships. The course introduces you to some of the basic principles of creative writing practice, including writing pitches and proposals; participating actively in a writing workshop; identifying, analysing, and responding to publisher guidelines; and responding effectively to editorial feedback on creative work. The course also introduces you to the principles of both critical thinking and analysis, and creative problem-solving. Through a focus on writing and publishing for young readers, this course provides you with a developing understanding of how emerging and professional writers engage with the writing and publishing industry, both nationally and internationally.


This course serves as an introduction to writing for young readers by providing you with a range of techniques for producing engaging and effective works of fiction for young readers. During the course, you will focus on the four key markets for young readers (pre-readers, early childhood, younger readers, and young adult). You will explore the main features of texts produced for each age group, including considerations of genre, theme, and form. You will learn about industry standards for manuscript preparation and submission, as well as how to identify and assess potential markets for your work, both within Australia and internationally.

The course is delivered through a series of lectures and tutorials designed to provide you with a developing understanding of the practice of writing for young readers. The lectures will provide you with information and advice about historic and current trends in the writing and publishing marketplace, model close critical analysis of key texts, and provide information and advice about key issues for writers, such as communication with stakeholders, creating an author profile, working with publishers and editors, building a writing portfolio, and engaging with key agencies. During the tutorials you will build on your individually-prepared workshop portfolio tasks to engage in focused group discussions of key texts and concepts. You will also participate in generative and developmental writing workshop activities during which you will work with both your peers and the teaching team to develop your own project for young readers.

CWR1003 is practice-based course that equips you with a range of general skills that are highly valued in the workplace, including critical and creative thinking; the ability to write clear, effective, and engaging prose; and professional communication skills. No prior knowledge is required to successfully complete this course.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Conduct independent research to support your critical and creative thinking about writing for young readers;
  2. Identify and take account of the social, cultural, and political issues that affect the production and reception of young adult and children’s writing;
  3. Use peer-critiquing tools to provide effective, supportive, and critically informed peer feedback;
  4. Apply emerging critical and creative thinking to effectively analyse different texts and contexts;
  5. Produce new texts for young readers within the contemporary writing and publishing context;
  6. Create clear, engaging short works for young readers that are relevant and appropriate for the market.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Writing for pre-readers 25.00
2. Writing for early childhood 25.00
3. Writing for younger readers 25.00
4. Writing for young adults 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Sulway, Nike 2019, Winter's Tale, Titania.
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Any complete edition.
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Any complete edition.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Reference materials will be provided via the course Study Desk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Lectures 10.00
Private Study 115.00
Tutorials 20.00
Workshops 20.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Project Proposal 100 10 14 Dec 2020 1,2
Workshop Portfolio 100 50 22 Feb 2021 1,2,3,4 (see note 1)
Final Project 100 40 01 Mar 2021 1,2,5,6

  1. The Workshop Portfolio involves weekly completion of tasks prior to, and during, the weekly tutorials. These tasks include reading notes, writing exercises, and critical reflection tasks.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Date printed 12 February 2021