WRIT 571

Advanced Editing

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 13, 2003 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

In this course, students hone and refine editing skills on a variety of levels. Topics include electronic editing, using electronic resources, dynamics of the editor-writer relationship, editing information graphics, advanced copyediting and developmental editing. Class exercises cover grammar, punctuation, and usage issues. Each student works with a writer to edit and develop an original text.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Acquire an advanced, flexible process that uses editing and revision to develop work.
  • Able to respond fairly to diverse voices and points of view.
  • Advanced editorial judgment: able to decide what meets the needs of the readers, writers, and editors for a specific publication, audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Advanced level of critical thinking skills (analysis, imagination, synthesis, speculation).
  • Advanced skills in editing for a specific audience, purpose, and situation.
  • Awareness of basic principles of page layout and design.
  • Thoroughly understand an editor's roles or types of editing: developmental, acquisition, copy, line, and proofreading.
  • Understanding how to edit for fairness and accuracy.