Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials

At the completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with current and past contexts for writing for children and adolescents in Australia and internationally
  2. analyse and discuss trends, issues, literary concerns and developmental influences on children's and young adults’ publishing in Australia
  3. engage with the content of the subject through written skills, ie. in academic essay genre or in creative response and exegesis forms
  4. display critical judgment through reading and group discussion, eg. in an online discussion group based on subject readings.
  • Assignment 1 - Creative Work (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Review (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online Discussion (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Essay (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines current and past contexts for writing for children and young adults in Australia and internationally. It investigates trends, issues, literary concerns and developmental influences on children's and young adults’ publishing, and provides opportunity for the student to develop a folio of short original works relevant to the market. 

The student will explore social and cultural issues including gender, race and sub-culture, adult and teenage issues, the position of the writer/reader and literary/political demands being made on producers of younger people’s fiction and poetry in texts today.

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