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OLET2110: Telling True Stories

2023 unit information

Students learn to write a narrative nonfiction story that communicates specialist knowledge they have gained in their university course to a general audience. Twelve modules guide students through the writing process, from pitching a story idea to preparing their piece for publication. Topics covered include narrative nonfiction subgenres, research, scene building, structure, ethics and style.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Media and Communications

Code OLET2110
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 2
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. distinguish narrative nonfiction (and its subgenres) from other modes of academic or journalistic writing and discuss why the form is valuable
  • LO2. identify a viable story topic and angle and pitch the idea to a publication that serves a general readership
  • LO3. augment academic knowledge with journalism research methods
  • LO4. recognise and apply narrative techniques such as scene setting and a narrative structure
  • LO5. discuss ethical challenges and standards of narrative nonfiction and apply them to your story
  • LO6. complete the drafting and editing process to produce an original, polished narrative nonfiction story

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2b 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2b 2021
Block mode Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2b 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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