PWR 343 Editing (3 credits)

Course Description

Provides training in editing for copy in books, newspapers, magazines, and e-books.

Learning Results

Course objectives are as follows:
• To understand how a publishing house works—and how the roles of the various types of editors fit together.
• To learn the basics of editing—the 30,000-foot view of the manuscript.
• To learn the basics of copyediting—the 10,000-foot view of the manuscript.
• To learn the basics of proofreading—the 10-foot view of the manuscript.
• To review basic grammar and punctuation rules.
• To practice all of these phases, learning how to improve a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a manuscript.
• To learn how to edit both on hard copy and on screen with track changes mode.
• To help you determine your individual “sweet spot” when it comes to these varied roles.
• To give you useful and practical skills that will help you get in the door at a publishing house and sustain you as you move further in your career.


Be sure to order a book (and not an e-book) as there are exercises in the book itself that will be assigned.

Learning Documentation

This course consists of 7 quizzes as well as various worksheets and proofreading practice assignments.

Learning Evaluation

The assignments range from 20 to 100 points each for a total of 1,000 points possible.

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