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Advanced Creative Writing - Editing & Publishing

Course Number: WR 246
Transcript Title: Adv Creative Wr, Edit & Pub
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


(WR 241 or WR 242 or WR 243) and (WR 244 or WR 245) or instructor permission

Course Description

Emphasizes development of craft while introducing basics of editing others' manuscripts and preparing them for publication in a variety of forms, including an annual student literary magazine. May be repeated twice for credit. Prerequisites: (WR 241 or 242 or 243) and (WR 244 or 245) or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Outcomes for this course require working through multiple drafts of several pieces of writing with time to separate the acts of writing and revising; in addition, the reading outcomes require time to read, reread, reflect, respond, interpret, analyze, and evaluate.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate manuscripts: Students solicit and review manuscripts for inclusion in a literary and art magazine.
  2. Work cooperatively: In order to produce a cohesive product, students must participate effectively in a workshop atmosphere.
  3. Edit and publish a small publication: Students become aware of the multitude of mechanical and strategic problems and possibilities inherent in publishing.
  4. Exercise critical awareness: Students develop critical language to define an aesthetic that guides decisions towards acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
  5. Respond fairly to a variety of literary and artistic submissions: Students exercise responsibility toward the manuscripts and art works submitted to them by responding intelligently and professionally, showing respect for themselves and others as writers.
  6. Describe the mechanics of publishing, including keyboarding, proofreading, printing, typesetting, layout, small-press operation, and binding.
  7. Write more knowledgeably in their own creative writing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course grade is determined by appraisal of the student's participation and contribution to the group effort of producing the literary and arts magazine. Evaluation is based upon effectiveness, dependability and timeliness in carrying out responsibilities; contribution of imaginative and workable ideas; application of critical values as developed in this and other classes; successful completion of any other assigned work, such as a personal chapbook and creative writing; willingness to accept a fair share of drudgery; and acceptance of responsibility for editorial choices. Attendance policies vary with instructors: students missing a week's worth of class may not expect an A; those missing two weeks' worth may not pass the course.

Course Activities and Design

Students meet for four hours in class during the week as well as for special sessions if workload or deadline necessitate them. In addition to reading and workshopping their own work, students will solicit and review manuscripts and artwork for inclusion in the literary and art magazines. Classroom methods vary as necessary to prepare for the publication of the annual literary and arts magazines. These methods may include lectures, conferences, demonstrations, assigned readings or field trips to learn about printing, graphic arts, photography, typesetting, marketing, layout, and small-press operation. Students may be required to attend and participate in public readings that they will organize for contributing writers in conjunction with marketing the magazine. The instructor should spend approximately an hour of conference with each student outside of class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Desktop publishing
  • Becoming conversant with current desktop publishing software, such as:
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop
    • OmniPage Direct
    • MS Word
  • Book design and typography
  • Self-publishing
  • Designing and producing a small chapbook
  • Furthering creative writing skills
  • Publishing and the business of literature
  • Editing and proofreading skills
  • Sharpening critical skills

Department Notes

A brief interview with the instructor may be necessary before enrollment in the course. Students are encouraged to continue study in literature and languages as well as other creative writing courses.