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CWR1003 Writing for Young Readers

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


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.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Semester 3, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023