WRITE501-19A (HAM)

Writing for Publication

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Arts
English

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: alison.southby@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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Writing for Publication will focus on writing for professional publication, examining the modes, standards and practices associated with different forms of published output. Students will read examples from a variety of fields, including fiction and creative non-fiction, writing for advertising and digital media, and scholarly/academic writing. They will consider what makes effective writing in each genre, and the professional and ethical standards that need to be met prior to publication. WRITE501 will address practical questions covering transferable skills in professional writing, including research, drafting, editing and proof-reading; it will also address some of the ethical issues professional writers may encounter in their working lives, including privacy, libel, informed consent and the appropriate use of research materials. Students will complete two stand-alone writing projects, researching potential venues for their work and preparing their writing to publishable standard
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Paper Structure

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WRITE501 will comprise one three-hour session per week. The sessions will include lectures and group discussions. Approximately half of the sessions will include a two-hour workshop, in which students will present their work-in-progress for critique. This work will be written in response to exercises and posted on Moodle before class (deadlines to be confirmed). We will also hear from two guest speakers on key aspects of writing for publication.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • display a knowledge of the modes, standards and practices associated with different forms of publication
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  • write effectively and appropriately for specific publication outlets making use of appropriate genres, conventions and practices
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  • write effectively and professionally in a range of literary, academic and creative genres and contexts
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  • construct coherent, persuasive arguments informed by appropriate research and using appropriate referencing formats where relevant
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  • display an awareness of some of the ethical issues relating to professional writing, including libel, privacy, informed consent, and the appropriate use of research materials
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  • display an ability to produce, revise, edit and promote their own writing
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Assessment

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Students will complete two writing projects. The first is a creative piece (creative non-fiction, poetry or prose); the second is non-fiction (a newspaper or web feature, or a piece of academic writing). Both writing projects will be submitted in draft form, and then at the end of the semester in final form. Specific details will be provided in class.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Writing Project 1: Draft
11 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
25
  • Other: Pigeonhole and Moodle
2. Writing Project 2: Draft
16 May 2019
5:00 PM
25
  • Other: Pigeonhole and Moodle
3. Writing Project 1: Final
6 Jun 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Other: Pigeonhole and Moodle
4. Writing Project 2: Final
6 Jun 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • Other: Pigeonhole and Moodle
5. Attendance and Participation
10
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no book-length texts required for Writing for Publication, but students are required to read the pieces included on the online reading list and must come to class prepared to discuss them. See the above schedule for an indication of when each piece will be addressed.
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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this paper, accessed via iWaikato. Selected lecture material, workshop exercises, important announcements and the paper outline are available from this site, as are the submission slots for all writing exercises and assignments.
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Workload

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The expected workload for this paper is 3 hours per week of class time over the 12 teaching weeks, and 17.6 hours per week of self-directed study over the 15 weeks until 6 June (when the final assessments are due).
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: WRIT501

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