HM6101: The Writing Business & Getting Published

HM6101: The Writing Business & Getting Published

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title The Writing Business & Getting Published
Module Code HM6101
Module Tutor Lania Knight
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module aims to introduce students to the practical aspects of the publishing industry.  They will learn how to format manuscripts, and compose a writer’s biography and writer’s CV.  They will also research prospective markets for their work, such as magazines, e-zines, and writing competitions, and learn how to submit to these markets, and how to approach an editor.  Particular emphasis will be given to short fiction and poetry markets.  In addition, students will examine what takes place after publication, and how to present their work in a public setting.  They will also take part in weekly writing workshops, in which they present their own work and analyze that of their peers. 

Indicative Syllabus

This module will run as a weekly one-hour seminar, followed by a weekly two-hour workshop.  Topics and themes for the seminars will include: composing a writer’s CV and bio, researching markets, crafting a cover letter, and presenting yourself and your work, among others.  Each year, a guest speaker from the industry (either a writer, editor, or publisher) will be invited to speak to the class, to give them a practical tips and advice regarding getting published.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. demonstrate ability to compose a professional writer’s CV and biography;
  2. show an awareness of potential markets to which they can submit their work, as well as the resources available to writers regarding said markets;
  3. craft a professional cover letter to accompany submitted work;
  4. demonstrate that they clearly understand the submission process, including all the accepted industry protocals in regards to mailing, querying, and response times;
  5. show they have a basic understanding of the writing industry, and the means by which editors select work for publication;
  6. present themselves and their work in a wide range of forms and formats.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Portfolio: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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