WRIT 371


4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course covers editing principles and techniques. Topics include how readers use and comprehend texts, the editor's role in the publication process, the writer/editor relationship, and editing for organization, format, style, grammar, punctuation, usage, consistency and accuracy. Students edit a variety of texts, including technical documents and newsletter articles in print and online.

Learning outcomes


  • Edit effectively for comprehensive issues, such as organization, format, and appropriateness to audience.
  • Develop critical thinking skills (analysis, imagination, synthesis, and evaluation).
  • Develop editorial judgment: able to decide what is appropriate content and what meets the needs of readers, writers, and editors.
  • Edit effectively for accuracy, consistency, style, visual effectiveness, and completeness.
  • Know conventions of standard English sufficiently to edit for grammar and mechanics.
  • Understand an editor's multiple roles (making decisions, developing sources, working with writers, editing for content, and copyediting for punctuation, grammar, and style).
  • Understand the editor's role in publication process and can complete an editing task from idea to publication.

Summer 2020

Section Title Instructor
50 Editing Perry, Susan L Course details

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Editing Anderson, Katharine E Course details

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Editing Perry, Susan L Course details