About

About This Class…

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 editorial prowess, and which kinds.

We will be performing different “levels of edit” in this class—from offering developmental feedback on in-progress work to finding that unintentionally italicized comma. We will be performing these levels of edit across multiple media (from written text to video, audio, and interactive webtexts) and disciplines as the learning requires it. 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.

About Me…

I’ve been working in editing and publishing for over 25 years—across genres and media. I’ve edited scholarly, literary, and trade publications in print, digital, and multiple media. I currently edit the premier scholarly multimedia journal in the world, Kairos. If I couldn’t be a publishing studies professor, I’d be a full-time editor, and I will regularly discuss real-world editorial examples based on my current research and editorial work, providing short lectures and assignments to inform your learning. I recommend you read more about my teaching philosophy to get a sense of who I am as your instructor.