Editing is not just proofreading and changing misspelled words and punctuation. Being an editor, like being a teacher, requires a certain disposition, a certain attitude towards authors and texts and publishers—one that is often necessarily more generous and less gate-keeping than you might imagine. Editing is ALL about understanding the rhetorical situations in which a text is being published, and this class will provide a theoretical and practical foundation to help you determine whether you have editor blood, which kind, and in which fields.
We will be performing different “levels of edit” in this class—from offering developmental feedback to in-progress work to finding that extra space after the period or the unintentionally italicized comma. We will also be performing these levels of edit across multiple disciplines of texts (from poetry to scientific visualizations) and across multiple media (from written text to video, audio, and interactive webtexts). I’ll be bringing in lots of real-world examples and real-world editors for you to work and speak with. While we will focus on the fine-grained, we will also focus on the big picture: What does it mean to be an editor?
And, as any good editor knows, food is allowed and even encouraged.