This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop works of fiction suitable for publication. It applies to individuals, working as commissioned or independent writers, who write fiction works. Consideration of the audience and purpose of writing will assist in deciding upon the form and style of the fiction work. Significant planning and preparation prior to writing the fiction work must take place, while guidance from others and careful editing play significant roles in the refining the final product.

Unit details

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


CUAWRT405 - Write fiction 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 evidence of the ability to write at least one extended written fiction material (8000 words or more) and one smaller written nonfiction material (2500-4000 words), of different forms (e.g. blog, journal, and book), and for each fiction work: - research, discuss and refine a concept for fiction work; - create a proposal to develop the fiction work for a particular purpose and audience; - identify timelines, information and resource requirements for development of fiction work; - develop an outline of the fiction work; - write and proofread draft fiction work; - check the draft meets purpose and desired outcome; - collect feedback on draft fiction material 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 fiction work, and; - follow relevant health and safety practices for work tasks.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - current markets that exist for fiction works; - methods for identifying audiences for fiction works; - strategies and creative processes for developing concepts for fiction works; - criteria used to determine feasibility of concepts; - important features of a proposal to develop a fiction work; - possible ethical, copyright and intellectual property implications of fiction works; - suitable techniques for writing fiction work; - role of style guides when proofreading and editing of publications, and; - purpose, use and function of word-processing software.

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