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Task Description: Chose one writing technique (e.g., dialogue, characterisation, setting, point of view, etc.) and one genre (either short story, a play, a suite of poems, or short creative non-fiction). Write a 500-700 word pitch for a written piece in this genre to myself as 'editor'.
Explanation: You are required to write a creative writing piece for your major assessment item. You must first identify a collaborative story writing site. This is simply 'a place to start.' Looking at the creative writing of others gives you a way of thinking about what you might like to write, and in the process, will help you to focus your creative writing. Start by investigating free collaborative story writing sites such as Inkle, Ficly, StoryMash, Twine, Novlet, FanStory, Episode, StoryWars, Protagonize, FoldingStory, StoryTimed, or FanFic (among many others) for inspiration. For instance, you might be a serious Supernatural fan and dream of writing your own storyline. If so, FanFic would definitely be an option for structuring your major piece (your creative artefact).
Depending on the site you choose, your major work could be part of a narrative thread started by someone else, a prequel or sequel woven into a story already written, a story chapter created after jumping into someone else's tale, or, an original story you have started entirely yourself. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. It is up to you whether you actually submit your work to your chosen site. I would encourage you to do so, but submission to the collaborative writing site you have chosen is not a requirement of the unit.
The pitch/proposal is pass/fail only. This means that you are required to complete the proposal/pitch (on which you will receive feedback), but this does not contribute to the overall grade percentage. Why? Because, as you are required to develop a 500 - 700 word 'proposal/pitch' for a work (perhaps inspired by collaborative writing site of your choice such as Inkle, Ficly, StoryMash, Twine, FanFic, etc.), you must first show that you have actually identified a possible interactive/collaborative story writing site, and considered how the theme/topic/focus of your piece 'matches' that of the collaborative writing stream. Again, this will depend on whether you intend your major work to be part of a narrative thread started by someone else, a prequel or sequel woven into a story already written, or an original story you have started entirely yourself. The proposal/pitch gives you the opportunity to focus your piece toward your chosen interactive/collaborative writing platform and gives you a way to plan completing Assessment Item 2 and 3 over the course of the Term.
NOTE: Creative writing pieces submitted WITHOUT a prior pitch being received and marked may be penalised.
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The Proposal will be evaluated according to the extent to which:
the proposal evidences that it will carry-out a clearly articulated set of outcomes as regards the genre and form of the writing project (e.g., writing the first chapter of a novel, writing a short story, writing a children's book, a suite of poems, etc.);
the proposal identifies the specific colloaborative writing site and the style in which the content of the creative artefact will be written (e.g.,third-person limited, intimate, or omnipotent, etc.)
the proposal of the creative artefact represents an original piece of writing according to the chosen genre (e.g., horror, sci-fi, fantasy, historical romance, popular romance, crime, etc.), and is of an achievable standard shown via a week-by-week timeline indicating what is to be undertaken and when in the writing process (including milestones, e.g., benchmarks achieved leading up to Assessment 2 - First Draft, benchmarks achieved leading up to Assessment 3 - Final Draft)
the proposal is presented in a flawless literary presentation, formatting and referencing (Harvard (author-date) referencing style)
the proposal includes at least 5 references identified as important in ensuring that your creative artefact is informed by the literary and stylistic conventions of your chosen genre and the specified style in which the content will be written.