This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to write fiction material in a range of forms and to use basic editing and proofreading skills to refine work.  It applies to individuals who draw on a range of information sources and writing techniques to compose fiction materials in a variety of text types and styles.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate with relevant stakeholders to confirm the purpose and requirements; - plan and acquire the resources and information required to write the fiction material; - develop timelines for completion according to contractual and regulatory requirements; - write original material using technique, form, style, structure and perspective voice, point of view, appropriate to the publication media and the requirements of the fiction material; - comply with relevant regulatory, copyright and intellectual property requirements; - identify and use at least two methods for collecting and tracking feedback on draft material from relevant people, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for writing tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - various forms and text types of fiction material; - techniques and styles used to develop various forms of fiction writing; - types of media used to publish fiction material, and describe the particular characteristics of each; - basic proofreading and editing techniques, including the use of style guides; - copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing and publishing fiction works, and; - basic operations of word-processing software used to produce, edit and track changes in written material.

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