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Authors as Editors

  • Project summary:

    • Produces a reflection essay of 5-10 pages, in which they discussed the editorial challenges they faced and how those challenges were overcome; they also reflected on what is was like to edit another author and what it was liked to be edited, as well as how cultural differences affected their collaboration.
    • Prepares annotated versions of the stories the students edited, demonstrating a clear sense of their editing strategies.
  • Project length:

    • 10 weeks
  • Technology tools used:

    • Scopia,
  • Communication Type/Interaction Mode:

    • Synchronous
    • Asynchronous
  • Learning outcomes:

    • By the end of the module students should be able to read and critically appraise unseen texts with an editor's eye, paying attention to both macro- and micro-level issues of content and form, and to cultural differences of intent and expression.
    • By the end of the module students should be able to critically evaluate how the comparative experiences from both editing the work of another and having own work edited, can have a demonstrable impact on the student’s own understanding of the nature of authorship, and on self-editing in particular.
    • The key practical element of the course will be engaging students in experiential learning through a hands-on editing project, in which they will not only edit each other's manuscripts but help prepare an anthology of writing by fellow students.

    Reflection component:

    • Final reflection paper.
  • Miles Harvey

    Institution: DePaul University
    Discipline: English
    Course name: Topics in Fiction: Authors as Editors

    Elsa Braekkan Payne

    InstitutionUniversity of Birmingham
    Discipline: Creative Writing
    Course name: Editing as Collaborative Practice


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