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- Business Skills for Writers
- identify methods of work delivery
- review and prepare proposals for writing jobs
- review and draft writing-project contracts
- calculate the cost of a job and prepare an invoice
- review how to set up a writing office
- understand basic tax requirements for self-employed professionals
- identify the key features of a small business plan
- learn about the kinds of liability associated with different kinds of writing
- review the legal options available to protect writers
- review the major elements of current copyright law
- review censorship laws and the concept of freedom of information
- discuss plagiarism, conflict of interest, confidentiality, and accountability
- describe the importance of professional responsibility, including how to handle conflict
- compare and contrast the legal and ethical issues involved in writing for different forms of media
- write and present a case study of a current legal or ethical issue for writing professionals
Students will compile an inventory of writing projects suitable for their graduating-semester writing portfolio.
The course will be delivered by lecture, seminar, and guest speakers. In the seminar, students will be expected to share their findings, experiences, and writing.
Students will demonstrate their mastery of course material through assignments and participation in discussion, group work, and a final examination.
Students are expected to be self-motivated and to demonstrate professionalism, which includes active participation, good attendance, punctuality, and effective collaboration, ability to meet deadlines, presentation skills, and accurate self-evaluation.
Evaluation will be based on this general format:
|Proposal for writing job||30%|
|Case study (written)||30%|
|Case study (oral)||10%|
|Professionalism (as defined)||10%|
- identify the primary business skills required to work as a professional writer (in-house of freelance)
- explore current legal and ethical issues for writers (copyright, censorship, plagiarism, libel, permissions, accountability, and so on)
- prepare an inventory of writing projects for development into a writing portfolio in PRFU 2490: Professional Readiness IV
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Texts may include:
- Harris, Lesley Ellen. Canadian Copyright Law: The Guide for Writers, Musicians, Visual Artists, Filmmakers, Publishers, Editors, Teachers, Librarians, Students, Lawyers & Business People. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Ltd., 2000.
- James, Jack D. Starting a Successful Business in Canada. 15th edition. Vancouver: Self-Counsel Press, 1999.
- Tammemagi, Hans. Winning Proposals: How to Write Them and Get Results. Vancouver: Self-Counsel Press, 2000.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ARTS 1XXX (1)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||No credit||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU COMM 3XX (1)||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||No credit||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||No credit||2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31|