Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Course Description

GLS 592: Interdisciplinary Copyediting Practicum

Instructor: Johannes Lichtman

This class is designed to teach a practical skill that students can use in their studies as well as their professional life: copyediting.

Working in collaboration with the UNCW interdisciplinary journal, Palaver, students will learn how to edit for publication. Over the course of the semester, students will gain skills in editing creative, academic, and commercial prose for clarity and meaning.

Students will apply what they’ve learned to make recommendations for which pieces will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Palaver, copyedit  the chosen pieces, and fact check for publication. Students who complete the course will earn a place on Palaver’s masthead as copyeditors of the Spring 2018 issue of Palaver

Required Texts:

  • MLA Handbook (Eighth Edition)
  • Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn (Third Edition)

Students will also complete exercises based on real-life copyediting assignments from the business world, which have direct application to the field of freelance copyediting.

In lieu of a final examination or written paper, at the end of the semester, students will turn in a portfolio of work they have copyedited for the class.

No previous editing experience is necessary, though excellent knowledge of written English is a must. Students will be working with Microsoft Word throughout the term, and familiarity with this program will be beneficial.

Updated: April 2, 2018