Advanced Creative Writing - Editing & Publishing

Course Number: WR 246
Transcript Title: Adv Creative Wr, Edit & Pub
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


(WR 241WR 242,or WR 243) and (WR 244 or WR 245) or instructor permission

Course Description

Emphasizes development of craft while introducing basics of editing others' manuscripts and preparing them for publication in a variety of forms, including an annual student literary magazine. Prerequisites: (WR 241, 242 or 243) and (WR 244 or 245) or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Solicit and read a variety of literary and artistic submissions, and use appropriate critical language to define an aesthetic to guide the
    evaluation process and the decisions to accept or reject manuscripts.
  2. Work cooperatively and communicate effectively with co-editors and contributors to edit and publish a small literary publication, using critical thinking
    and problem solving to address the multitude of mechanical and strategic problems and possibilities in publishing.
  3. Respond fairly, intelligently, and professionally to a variety of literary and artistic submissions, showing respect for themselves and others as writers.
  4. Participate in a complete publication cycle, engaging in the mechanics of keyboarding, design, layout, and proofreading; and communicate effectively with the professionals who handle other aspects of publication, such as the printing and binding.
  5. Write their own creative writing with greater knowledge and self-awareness.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course grade is determined by appraisal of the student's participation and contribution to the group effort of producing the literary and arts magazine. Evaluation is based upon effectiveness, dependability and timeliness in carrying out responsibilities; contribution of imaginative and workable ideas; application of critical values as developed in this and other classes; successful completion of any other assigned work, such as a personal chapbook and creative writing; and, acceptance of responsibility for editorial choices. Attendance policies vary with instructors: students missing a week's worth of class may not expect an A; those missing two weeks' worth may not pass the course.

Course Activities and Design

Students meet for four hours in class during the week as well as for special sessions if workload or deadline necessitates them. In addition to reading and workshopping their own work, students will solicit and review manuscripts and artwork for inclusion in a literary journal. Classroom methods vary as necessary to prepare for the publication of literary journal. These methods may include lectures, conferences, demonstrations, assigned readings or field trips to learn about printing, graphic arts, photography, typesetting, marketing, layout, and small-press operation. Students may be required to attend and participate in public readings that they will organize for contributing writers in conjunction with marketing the magazine. The instructor should spend approximately an hour of conference with each student outside of class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Desktop publishing
  • Becoming conversant with current desktop publishing software, such as:
    • InDesign
    • Photoshop
    • OmniPage Direct
    • MS Word
  • Book design and typography
  • Self-publishing
  • Designing and producing a small chapbook
  • Furthering creative writing skills
  • Publishing and the business of literature
  • Editing and proofreading skills
  • Sharpening critical skills

Department Notes

A brief interview with the instructor may be necessary before enrollment in the course. Students are encouraged to continue study in literature and languages as well as other creative writing courses.