This unit describes skills and knowledge required to produce written material for children and young adults. Written material includes a range of delivery media including print media, internet, radio, film, television, game consoles and podcasts. It applies to individuals who produce written material relevant to children and young adults. These writers draw on their knowledge of children's and young adults abilities and interests, as well as knowledge of the market for this type of written material. Producers of children's and young adults' written works undertake work either as freelance or commissioned writers.

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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: - create concept written work appropriate for children and young adults; - communicate with relevant stakeholders to confirm the purpose and requirements, and work collaboratively in order to develop the written work; - clarify and work to a project brief; - plan and acquire the necessary resources to write written material; - develop timelines for completion of written material according to contractual and regulatory requirements; - write original material using technique, form, style, structure, perspective and voice appropriate to the publication media and the requirements of the written material; - develop written material to ensure that plot, characters and theme will engage proposed audience; - comply with relevant copyright and intellectual property requirements; - proofread and edit draft material and discuss modifications with relevant people; - collect feedback regarding draft written material from relevant people by using at least two methods of tracking feedback, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for work tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - forms of children's and young adults' written works including but not limited to online blogs, social media posts, junior novels, picture books, graphic texts, non-fiction books, magazine articles and stories, comics, film/TV scripts, game scripts and electronic books; - techniques, stylistic and cultural contexts, purpose and audience which contribute to various forms of children's and young adults written work; - social and ethical impacts of children's and young adults' written work; - delivery platforms used to publish written work, and the particular characteristics of each media type; - characteristics of the leisure and educational markets for written work for young adults and children; - basic proofreading and editing techniques, including the use of style guides; - publishing houses that specialise in works for children; - copyright and intellectual property requirements as they relate to writing and publishing, and; - purpose, use and function of word-processing software.

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