This course will introduce students to the full scope of the editing process including proofreading, copyediting, stylistic editing, substantive editing and structural editing.
Students will be expected to work both individually and collaboratively.
By working with a variety of different texts (including those written by their peers), students will learn to identify and correct a range of errors, including:
- a manuscript’s problems with mechanics, punctuation, and grammar,
- issues related to usage, such as consistency, sexism, stereotyping, and audience,
- larger structural and logical deficiencies.
The course will introduce students to the standard editing and proofreading symbols for hard-copy mark-up as well as the process of on-screen editing. We will also discuss how to make the most of editorial references, style guides and online resources.
Suggested readings posted online will offer students insight on topics related to writing and editing and will help fuel class discussions.