Professional Editing

Course Objectives

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Grading Breakdown:

  • Style Reports (20%)
  • Exercises (10%)
  • Editing Portfolio (small 10%; large 20%)
  • Midterm and Final (10% each)
  • Publication Report (10%)
  • Freelance Documents (10%)

Course Grading Scale: A 100-93; A- 92-90; B+ 89-87; B 86-83; B- 82-80; . . . F 59-0.

Required Texts:

  • Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dryer

Course Calendar:

This schedule is subject to change.

Week 1

  • Monday 1/17: Introduction
  • Wednesday 1/19: This Day 1-71
  • Friday 1/21: This Day 72-139

Week 2

  • Monday 1/24: This Day 140-215
  • Wednesday 1/26: no class
  • Friday 1/28: This Day 216-282

Week 3

  • Monday 1/31: This Day 283-342
  • Wednesday 2/2: This Day 343-397
  • Friday 2/4: “Two Economies” and “The Work of Local Culture”

Week 4

  • Monday 2/7: “Regional Motive” (7); “Agrarian Standard” (9); “Still Standing” (9)
  • Wednesday 2/9: “Discipline and Hope” 86-130
  • Friday 2/11: “Discipline and Hope” 131-168

Week 5

  • Monday 2/14: Hidden Wound 1-64
  • Wednesday 2/16: Hidden Wound 65-139
  • Friday 2/18: “Imagination in Place” (11); “American Imagination and the Civil War” (21); Intro to Art of Loading Brush (13)

Week 6

  • Monday 2/21: “Christianity and the Survival of Creation” (24); “The Gift of Good Land” (14)
  • Wednesday 2/23: “Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community” (56)
  • Friday 2/25: “Think Little”; “In Defense of Literacy” (or “Health is Membership”)

Spring Break

Week 7

  • Monday 3/7: “Pray Without Ceasing”
  • Wednesday 3/9: “Watch With Me”
  • Friday 3/11: “Fidelity”

Week 8

  • Monday 3/14: “A Burden” and “Misery”
  • Wednesday 3/16: “Andy Catlett: Early Education” and “Drouth” and “Not a Tear”
  • Friday 3/18: “A New Day” and “Mike”

Week 9

  • Monday 3/21: “A Place in Time”
  • Wednesday 3/22: A Place on Earth 1-62 (or Hannah Coulter??)
  • Friday 3/24: A Place on Earth 63-132

Week 10

  • Monday 3/28: A Place on Earth 133-195
  • Wednesday 3/30: A Place on Earth 196-262
  • Friday 4/1: A Place on Earth 263-321

Week 11

  • Monday 4/4: Andy Catlett: Early Travels 1-68
  • Wednesday 4/6: Andy Catlett: Early Travels 68-140
  • Friday 4/8: no class; CWC. A World Lost 225-276

Week 12

  • Monday 4/11: A World Lost 276-326
  • Wednesday 4/13: Remembering 119-168
  • Friday 4/15: Good Friday

Week 13

  • Monday 4/18: Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 4/20: Remembering 169-222
  • Friday 4/22: “Dismemberment”; “The Branch Way of Doing”

Week 14

  • Monday 4/25: Jayber Crow 3-74
  • Wednesday 4/27: Jayber Crow 75-132
  • Friday 4/29: Jayber Crow 133-206

Week 15

  • Monday 5/2: Jayber Crow 207-282
  • Wednesday 5/4: Jayber Crow 283-363
  • Final will be on Tuesday, 5/10 from 8:00-10:00