This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop works of nonfiction suitable for publication.

It applies to individuals, working as commissioned or independent writers, who write nonfiction works. Research of the topic of nonfiction material, alongside text types and method of delivery are significant steps in the process of creating nonfiction work. Guidance from others and rigorous testing for accuracy play significant roles in the refinement of the final product.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:


CUAWRT406 - Write nonfiction material


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: - research, discuss and refine a concept for nonfiction work; - create a proposal to develop the nonfiction work for a particular purpose and audience; - identify timelines, information and resource requirements for developing the nonfiction work; - develop an outline of the nonfiction work; - write and proofread draft nonfiction work; - check the draft meets purpose and desired outcome; - collect feedback on draft from relevant people by using at least two methods of tracking feedback; - proofread and edit draft material and discuss modifications with relevant people; - produce a final draft of the nonfiction work, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for work tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - current markets for nonfiction works; - methods for identifying audiences for nonfiction works; - strategies for developing concepts for nonfiction works; - criteria used to determine feasibility of concepts; - methods for gathering and authenticating reliability of information; - important features of a proposal to develop a nonfiction work; - possible ethical, copyright and intellectual property implications of nonfiction works; - suitable techniques for writing nonfiction work; - the role of style guides for proofreading and editing of publications, and; - purpose, use and function of word-processing software.

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