This unit describes skills and knowledge required to write narratives for print, electronic publications and a range of other media. It applies to individuals who write narratives for different audiences and in different formats, and who develop knowledge of the elements of narrative such as theme, form, characterisation, dialogue, point of view and style in order to write narratives.

Unit details

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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 evidence of the ability to write either one extended narrative (5000 words or more), or at least two short narratives (500-2000 words) of different forms (e.g. blog, journal, and book) and for each written material: - determine the appropriate style and form of output for the narrative according to the narrative's purpose; - conduct planning and research required to write the narrative; - develop timelines for completion of the narrative; - write original material using technique, form, style, structure, perspective and voice appropriate to the publication media and the requirements of the narrative; - proofread and edit draft material to meet standards for publication; - collect feedback on draft narrative from appropriate sources and amend draft narrative in response to feedback; - comply with relevant copyright and intellectual property requirements, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for writing tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - forms and text types of narrative including but not limited to: flash fiction, micro fiction, apps, short fiction, long short stories, e-books, e-serials, and web-based content; - techniques, stylistic and cultural contexts, purpose and audience which contribute to various forms of narrative writing; - types of media used to present narratives, including the particular characteristics of each media type; - basic proofreading and editing techniques, including the use of style guides; - copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing and publishing, and; - basic operations of word-processing software used to produce, edit and track changes in written material.

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