Monthly Archive: January 2014

Jan 27

Revising Critical Statements

A question to a writer is called a query. The term is also used to refer to all comments from the editor to the writer. In phrasing your queries, write directly and courteously, and avoid evaluative statements, especially when the evaluations are negative. Chapter Two gives proven strategies for effective editorial feedback. Think of ways …

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Jan 17

Course Information

The “Schedule” page is now updated with the reading schedule and assignment due dates – please look through that before Wednesday’s class. I also want to give you the companion website for our textbook: Downloadable Student Resources. This site has additional exercises, activities, and quizzes.

Jan 15

Information on Levels of Editing

Although our course will be focusing on basic copyediting, proofreading, and comprehensive editing, you should be aware of the “five levels of edit” (borrowed with permission from Dr. Palmer’s Technical Editing syllabus): substantive/organization edit – is there enough of the right kind of information to convince your reader to act? is the information culturally inoffensive? …

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Jan 15

Editing: The Big Picture

While we will read a description of a technical editor for next week, our discussion today will focus on an introduction to the field and the job. Go to your favorite search engine or directory and type in “technical editing” as a phrase search. Click on each of the first ten links returned. What did …

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Jan 11

Hello and welcome to WRIT 368X!

This is only the second time the English Department has ever offered this course, and I’m excited that you have chosen to be a part of it! Our class meets on MW in a computer classroom, and after our first class meeting, I will begin to update this website with our new schedule and assignments …

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