Shelley Reid .


English 503, Theory and Practice of Editing

Course Schedule

Shelley Reid, Spring 2008

Go to Policy Page

Go to Assigments Page

Schedule page

Jump to January 28 Jump to February 25 Jump to March 31



In Class: Topics / LabWork

Reading Due

Writing/Editing Assignments Due


Meeting 1

January 28


Introductions: to editors, to editing, to English 503

Live Editing: Save Leslie

Writing Bank 1: Schooling


Meeting 2

February 4

Copyediting 1: Grammar & mechanics

Editorial Roles

Writing Bank 3: Editing

Grammar School

Judd: Ch. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7

WebCT Link: Kamiya

WebCT Text: What Copyeditors Do

Handbook as needed

Writing Bank 2: Information
(post to WebCT)

Sentence Exercises
(Download from WebCT)

Bring six quotations from readings


Meeting 3

February 11

Copyediting 2: Clarity, accuracy, prose style

Sentence yoga, judo, & tai-chi

Judd:  Ch. 3, 6

WebCT Text: Checking Facts

Handbook as needed

Browse style book

On WebCT: Browse Tables of Contents, Writing Banks 1 & 2

Sentence Exercises (WebCT)

Area of Interest topic(s) proposal


Meeting 4

February 18

Design and Layout 1:  Type, arrangement, copyfitting

Make it work; make it pretty

Editorial goals survey

Judd:  Ch. 7, 9

WebCT Texts: Four Basic Principles, Intro to Type

Short Project 1: Edited "Schooling" essay



In Class: Topics / LabWork

Reading Due

Writing/Editing Assignments Due


Meeting 5

February 25

Beyond Copyediting: Editing for audience, genre, voice, flow, meaning

Final Project: Initial set-up

Cutting ESR down to size

Assisting wounded soldiers

WebCT Link: Rhetorical approach

WebCT Texts: Editing Information, Unbiased Editing

Short Project 2: Revised "Schooling" essay (post copy to WebCT)

Proposals for 5 Rules List & Short Project 5


Meeting 6

March 3

Editing a collection: Defining, selecting, arranging

Editing as a collective: Vision, negotiation, planning

Sussing out the rules

Editorial Board meeting

WebCT Texts: Comprehensive Editing, Editorial Muscle

WebCT Board: Begin reviewing Final Project Submissions

Short Project 3: Layout for Info Document

Find and bring an "edited collection"




Meeting 7

March 17

Managing a project

Who's in, who's out:
The final project draft

Judd:  Ch. 8, 10

WebCT Texts:  Canons of Rhetoric, Editing Methods, How Books are Chosen

WebCT Board: Finish reviewing submissions

Short Project 4: Selection Memo
(post to WebCT)

Bring short-list for final project


Meeting 8

March 24

Editing Roundtable: TBA

Group Work: Best laid plans

WebCT Text:  Fact or Fiction

Short Project 5: Editor's Choice



In Class: Topics

Reading Due

Writing/Editing Assignments Due


Meeting 9

March 31

Design and Layout 2: Colors, webtexts, "the look"

WebCT Link:  Graphic Design

WebCT Text: Editing Color Images, TBA

Final Project: Style Sheet & Goals (draft)

5 Rules Report (post to WebCT)


Meeting 10

April 7

Delicate negotiations: with people, with words

Judd:  Ch. 11, 12

WebCT Texts:  Management & Liaison, Editor's Dilemma, Sample Rejection Letter

Final Project: Stage 1 Editing

Short Project 6 proposal


Meeting 11

April 14

Miscellany:  Tables, images, odd genres, titles, etc.

WebCT Texts: TBA

Final Project:  Stage 2 Editing

Letters to authors (finalize by end of class)


Meeting 12

April 21

Macro & Micro

WebCT Texts:  Ethics for Editors

Final Project: Design plans


Meeting 13

April 28

Editors as leaders; TCB

Judd:  Ch. 13

Exam questions & key


Meeting 14

May 5

Reviews and recaps


Short Project 6: Revision of 1, 3, or 5


Final Project, all parts, due by 6pm, Wednesday May 7

Final Exam:  Monday May 12, 4:30-7:15





Last updated January 2008 Email Shelley Reid