About this unit
Learn how to write for the young fiction market by studying this Writing for Children and Young adults unit from Open Universities Australia and Griffith University.
Delivered entirely online, this unit is geared towards writers interested in exploring the space of children’ and teenage fiction, and covers a range of formats and genres from picture books and graphic novels through to fantasy and historical fiction.
The unit guides aspiring writers through the various processes involved in the development and marketing process for children’s literature, and covers publishing trends and issues relevant to the industry.
The unit also addresses social and cultural issues such as gender, race and subculture, and encourages writers to consider the literary and political demands of young people’s fiction today. Writers will also reflect upon the future of the literary industry, and discuss the place of the book in today’s digital era.
- Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
- Writing the Short Story
Course pathwaysThis unit is a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:
- Bachelor of Communication, Griffith University
- Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University
- Introduction: questions of definition for children's literature
- Picture books, graphic novels and other illustrated texts
- Development of children's literature and publishing
- Trends and issues in publishing including Indigenous and culturally diverse publishing
- Traditional rhymes, fairy tales, folk tales, myth and archetypal literature
- Fantasy and speculative fiction
- Writing in different genres – scripts, humour and poetry
- Historical fiction and non-fiction
- Contemporary issues in young adult writing and publishing
- Marketing the book and the author
- Creative writing for young people and writing a book review
- Future of the book for young people
Why Open Universities Australia?
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.
OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.
The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.