7 Oct 2019 - 2:30pm

The Craft of Writing Non-Narrative Fiction – Anita Selzer

Writing a non-fiction narrative was a new experience for me. Until then, my genre had been non-fiction, focusing on historical biography. Both genres require structure and research, and telling someone story, but I Am Sasha also required developing the main character’s voice as distinct from mine. He was the narrator so he had to share his inner thoughts, feelings and reactions, manifested in dreams in his narrative. This is called interiority and adds depth to character.

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15 May 2019 - 10:00am

How do you design curriculum for writing?

You are invited to join a VATE-funded Deakin University research project entitled Teaching writing today: A collaborative study. Please note this study has been approved by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and the Catholic Education Office. A research team comprising of a research academic at Deakin working collaboratively with five teachers in Victorian secondary schools is interested in answering the following questions:

How are Victorian English teachers designing curriculum for teaching writing?

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18 Feb 2019 - 11:00am

State Library VCE English and Literature Research Guide

State Library Victoria’s English and Literature research guide provides extensive resources for students and teachers on every text available to study at VCE level. 

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18 Dec 2018 - 11:00am

A report on trends in senior English text lists

In collaboration with The University of Melbourne, VATE recently commissioned research into the trends associated with VCE English text lists, 2010-2019. The study, led by Dr Alex Bacalja and Dr Lauren Bliss, investigated a range of factors associated with the texts listed for study, including: text types, setting (time and place), protagonist sex and sexuality, authorship, fictionality, and themes.
The findings are designed to stimulate faculty discussions around text selection and to encourage English teachers to think critically about which texts are validated for study.

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