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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Recognise the relationship between author and reader.
2 Identify a range of popular genres focused on young people.
3 Identify specific aspects of writing for young people.
4 Discuss contemporary publishing practices that engage a young readership.
5 Write for a specific age group.
6 Demonstrate drafting and revising skills.
7 Reflect critically on their own and others' writing

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Recognise the relationship between author and reader.
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  2. Identify a range of popular genres focused on young people.
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    • GA3:
  3. Identify specific aspects of writing for young people.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
  4. Discuss contemporary publishing practices that engage a young readership.
    • GA3:
  5. Write for a specific age group.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  6. Demonstrate drafting and revising skills.
    • GA1:
  7. Reflect critically on their own and others' writing
    • GA1:
    • GA2: