This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to work as a writer for children.

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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: - ability to generate concept for a work suitable for children; - ability to workshop and develop age-appropriate stories; - writing and editing skills sufficient to produce a written work for children; - ability to recognise most suitable platform and format for work; - ability to develop plot, characters and theme that will engage proposed audience; - ability to create dialogue suitable for proposed audience; - work collaboratively with editors, illustrators, designers, animators etc. to develop the work; - request and respond to constructive feedback; - understand and respond to a brief; - prioritise work tasks; - create and manage timelines, and; - seek expert assistance when necessary.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - stages of development in children's reading interests and abilities; - conceptual levels of understanding of children at different ages; - language, structure and formats of works suitable for writing for children; - trade and educational markets; - genres of fictional works written for children; - alternative platforms for children's writing; - trends in children's writing; - publishing houses that specialise in works for children; - national and international journals specialising in discussing works written for children, and; - wider forums and networking opportunities for children's writers.

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