Writing for Children and Young Adults

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Learn how to write for the young fiction market by studying this Writing for Children and Young adults unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University.

Delivered entirely online, this unit is geared towards writers interested in exploring the space of children’ and teenage fiction, and covers a range of formats and genres from picture books and graphic novels through to fantasy and historical fiction.

The unit guides aspiring writers through the various processes involved in the development and marketing process for children’s literature, and covers publishing trends and issues relevant to the industry.

The unit also addresses social and cultural issues such as gender, race and subculture, and encourages writers to consider the literary and political demands of young people’s fiction today. Writers will also reflect upon the future of the literary industry, and discuss the place of the book in today’s digital era.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply, however the following units are recommended prerequisites:

Areas of study

In this writing unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction: questions of definition for children's literature
  • Picture books, graphic novels and other illustrated texts
  • Development of children's literature and publishing
  • Trends and issues in publishing including Indigenous and culturally diverse publishing
  • Traditional rhymes, fairy tales, folk tales, myth and archetypal literature
  • Fantasy and speculative fiction
  • Writing in different genres – scripts, humour and poetry
  • Historical fiction and non-fiction
  • Contemporary issues in young adult writing and publishing
  • Marketing the book and the author
  • Creative writing for young people and writing a book review
  • Future of the book for young people

Course pathways

This unit is a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is ideally suited to writers interested in carving out a career in the space of children’s literature and young people’s fiction.

By studying this unit, you will walk away with:

  • A strong understanding of the national and international current trends that are influencing the marketplace for children’s literature and teenage fiction
  • The ability to discuss and apply these trends to your own professional career as a writer and author
  • A short portfolio of original works to show to potential agents and publishing houses

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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