Authorship and Publication
This unit explores the procedures and principles of writing for publication in such fields as creative writing, report writing, and promotion. The emphasis is on practical problems of research, drafting, editing, and submitting manuscripts.
On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. conduct research for a variety of writing tasks;
2. competently use a range of literary devices and strategies;
3. draft, edit and self-publish a professional monograph;
4. seek out and respond to writers' marketing opportunities (publication, writing competitions or performances of their own written texts or scripts);
5. deal with basic self-management aspects of free-lance authorship (contracts, proposals, publicity, agents, copyright, and self-publishing);
6. Show an understanding of basic legal and ethical issues associated with publication.
1. Field experience of researching material for writing projects (especially use of observation, a writer's journal, and library resources).
2. Developing a writer's personal reference and resource collection (use of thesaurus, dictionary, books, style manuals, marketing guides, periodicals etc.).
3. Developing the students compositions (nonfiction, fiction, poetry or script) through various manuscript stages towards publication.
4. Participation in writing workshops and manuscript analysis.
5. Workshops aimed at giving students knowledge of the legal and ethical obligations of writers and some business aspects of writing (e.g. copyright, agents, contracts, promotion and self-publishing).
Writing folio (including writer's notebook, textbook and workshop exercises) - 30%
Research Project - 30%
Monograph - 40%