WRIT 320: Professional Editing

Welcome

Editing is a multifaceted craft. Successful editors are sympathetic, generous, organized, well-read, and perceptive. In addition they are clear communicators, have encyclopedic knowledge, and know the ins and outs of English style. Oh, they also are technologically proficient. No sweat, right?

Over the course of this semester, we’ll read about the craft and profession of editing. Students will become familiar with the details of English grammar and style, they will learn how to communicate with authors, they will gain facility with various digital technologies related to editing, and they will develop documents needed to pursue freelance editing. In addition, we will hear from several guests who work as editors in various capacities.

Assignments

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

Required Texts

  • The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller. ISBN: 9780226240077
  • What Editors Do edited by Peter Ginna. ISBN: 9780226299976
  • The Copyeditor’s Handbook : A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications edited by Amy Einsohn and Marilyn Schwartz. ISBN: 9780520286726
  • Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style by Benjamin Dreyer. ISBN: 9780812995701

Resources

Course Calendar

The course meets in HAL 111 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45. This schedule is subject to change.

Week 1

Week 2

  • Tue 1/25: no class
  • Thu 1/27: Presentations on What Editors Do; Read Subversive Chapters 4-6; Style Report on Dyer Intro, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2.

Week 3

  • Tue 2/1: Read Subversive Chapters 7-9; Style Report on Dyer Chapter 3; Read Handbook 3-37
  • Thu 2/3: Chris Perrin and Jesse Hake visit

Week 4

  • Tue 2/8: Read Subversive 10-11; Read Handbook 39-48; Complete Exercise 2.1; Style Report on Dyer Chapter 3
  • Thu 2/10: Jeff Reimer visit

Week 5

  • Tue 2/15: Read Subversive 12-14; Read Handbook 68-85; Style Report on Dyer Chapter 4; Complete Exercise 3.1 and 3.2
  • Thu 2/17: no class

Week 6

  • Tue 2/22: Read Handbook 48-58; complete Exercise 1.1; Presentations on What Editors Do; Style Report on Dyer Chapter 5
  • Thu 2/24: no class

Week 7

Week 8

  • Tue 3/15: Small Editing Portfolio due; Style Report on Dyer Chapter 7; Presentations on What Editors Do
  • Thu 3/17: Presentations on What Editors Do; Exercise 3.4 Ngram

Week 9

  • Tue 3/22: Style Report on Dyer Chapter 8; Write a blogpost in MD or MMD format (use headings, block quote, list, bolded or italicized text, and an image—try out other stuff too, for fun!), and then use Dingus (https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/dingus) or another editor to convert it for your website. Turn in the MD document and a formatted html version.
  • Thu 3/24: Bonnie Kristian

Week 10

  • Tue 3/29: Complete exercise 3.6; Style Report on Dreyer Chapter 9
  • Thu 3/31: Presentations on What Editors Do

Week 11

Week 12

  • Tue 4/12: Complete exercise 4.3; Style Report on Dreyer Chapter 10
  • Thu 4/14: Easter Break

Week 13

  • Tue 4/19: Style Report on Dreyer Chapter 11; Find a job on mediabistro.com and craft a set of application materials (résumé and cover letter)
  • Thu 4/21: Presentations on What Editors Do

Week 14

  • Tue 4/26: Style Report on Dreyer Chapter 12
  • Thu 4/28: Presentations on What Editors Do; Create sample Fiverr.com profile (should include description and gigs)

Week 15

  • Tue 5/3: Style Report on Dreyer Chapter 13; Presentations on What Editors Do

The final will be held on Monday 5/9 from 8-10.