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PUB5002 Writing for Editors: Basic

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


This course develops the skills editors will need to write a range of materials during different stages of the publishing process: specifically those needed to carry out editorial tasks such as manuscript assessments and readers' reports, author queries, and briefing the publishing team. Instruction will focus on the writing skills required by editors: specifically to develop an effective editor' author relationship, to analyse and evaluate texts with the focus on audience, to brief the publishing team including designers, illustrators, multimedia designers and freelancers. Emphasis will be on the principles of good writing including grammar, consistency, punctuation, jargon, syntax and expression. Technical knowledge of language will be underpinned by critical analysis of the means by which language changes over time as well as appropriate forms of expression in different contexts, for different audiences and genres. The special requirements for editing fiction will be examined by focusing on common flaws in manuscripts and devising means of working with authors to improve the text. The challenges posed by digital production processes and the development of new forms of writing will be examined in the context.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2015 Online