Week 13: How the Zen of punctuation and grammar leads to self-editing nirvana

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BY MARK GATELY

Fine tuning your final assessment task presents the perfect opportunity to look at the importance of self-editing.

Polishing your feature means not only ensuring that your writing is concise and effective – it is also the time for locating and eliminating spelling and/or grammatical mistakes.

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Week 12: Writing features

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Research and write a Feature Story for your portfolio. 

The story should demonstrate evidence of research conducted from a number of sources and must contain quotes or audio grabs obtained from interview/s with at least two (2) people. 

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Week 11: Brainstorming ideas

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Why Brainstorm Ideas?

The purpose of brainstorming story ideas is firstly to find an idea that you want to write about and then to develop a concept for your story – not a fully outlined plot. Just the seed of inspiration that captures your attention wholeheartedly. Once you’ve found that seed, you can begin to develop a premise.

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Week 10: Fiction vs nonfiction

Fiction and nonfiction – enthralling and valuable, but different. Photo: tunnelmotions/Pixabay

BY MARK GATELY AND CAZ ADAMS

What’s the Difference?

Works of fiction and nonfiction can each be enthralling and valuable pieces of literature, but they are different in several important ways.

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