ALW396 - Producing Digital Anthologies: From Concept to Publication

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

Trimester 1 2024 is the last offering of this unit 

From 2025, ALW395 Writing Lives: Emerging Forms and Contemporary Practices, replaces this unit

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Rachel Fetherston
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Faculty of Arts and Education course or D311, D312, D313, D326, D330, D370, D385 or D391



Incompatible with: ALW321, ALW326, ALW393
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent


The unit focuses on applications of editorial roles and functions to a digital publication process. Students will have the opportunity to develop a themed group anthology, including selecting and editing content; negotiating with a writer; structuring, designing and preparing initial marketing for a publication and its specified readership; and applying legal principles to publication decisions. At the end of the unit, students will demonstrate skills in structural/content/copy editing with writers, working with a small group to edit and publish a digital anthology, and individually presenting their evaluation of the process in relation to the writing/publishing industry.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Identify, apply and redraft advanced techniques in structural, content and copy editing to negotiations with author/s as related to Australian editing industry standards

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Negotiate effectively with authors, editors and others in the publication process

GLO2: Communication


Read and edit critically and self-critically

GLO4: Critical thinking


Understand, analyse and apply research and preparatory processes to editing fiction/nonfiction

GLO5: Problem solving


Demonstrate a capacity to adapt to the regulatory environment that affects publishing practices

GLO6: Self-management


Undertake self-directed and collaborative tasks

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Editorial Role in Digital Publishing House – editing process folio (oral/written) 1000 words or equivalent 25% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Group) - digital anthology 2000 words equivalent 50% Week 11
Assessment 3 - Evaluative report (oral/written) and participation in editorial meetings 1000 words or equivalent 25% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ALW396
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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