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CWR1003 Writing for Young Readers

Units : 1
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 : 25 March 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 readers, and young adult readerships. The course introduces you to some of the basic principles of creative writing practice, including the planning and developing a creative work; 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.

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 identifying a key market (pre-readers, early childhood, young readers, or young adult), create a planning document for your creative work, participate in peer-critiques, and develop a creative work. You will learn about industry standards for manuscript preparation and submission, as well as how to identify and assess potential markets for your work.

The course is delivered through a series of workshops designed to provide you with a developing understanding of the practice of writing for young readers. During the workshops you will engage in focused individual and group activities, including generative and developmental writing tasks. The workshops will also provide you with information and advice about current and emerging trends in the writing and publishing industry 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.

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, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Transition Semester 3, 2023 Online
Date printed 25 March 2023