TR 12:30 PM-1:50 PM
Copyeditors are not the stars of the show when it comes to writing and publishing, but the glow of writing would be much dimmer without them. Copyeditors improve writing by deleting redundancies, resolving impediments to clarity, enhancing grammatical and syntactical flow, fact-checking, ensuring stylistic consistency across a manuscript, and much more. To accomplish these tasks, a copyeditor consults dictionaries and style guides and uses a variety of tools—including software programs, electronic editing tools, and old-fashioned handwritten editing marks—to develop an awareness of the differences that manual and mediated processes make in text production. Writers count on copyeditors to catch overlooked mistakes and inaccuracies; they count on copyeditors for that extra polish that elevates writing from serviceable to outstanding. To develop these skills, students will study copyediting methods and apply what they’re learning to scholarly, popular, technical, and creative texts. This course is suitable for those interested in editorial work in the publishing industry, for creative writers who want to refine their manuscripts, and for professionals in any field who wish to become clear, effective communicators.