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.
- 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.
- 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
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%|
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.
PRFU 1290 or permission of coordinator