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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,

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

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

Partner institutions:

DePaul University
Chicago, IL, United States

University of Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom


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