There’s still room in David Dodd Lee’s spring course in Literary Editing & Publishing. This class gives students the unique experience of being involved in the behind-the-scenes activities of the Wolfson Poetry Prize and 42 Miles press – and can count toward the Creative Writing Minor. Register today!
ENG-W 280 — Literary Editing & Publishing (3 cr.)
4957 T 5:30-8:00 P David Dodd Lee
This class is designed to educate students by exposing them to contemporary writing as it goes through the process—from mailbox to published book—of being judged and selected for publication. During class time students will read and critique manuscripts submitted to Wolfson Press for possible publication. We will focus on the mechanics and ethics inherent in any editorial endeavor that includes selection as part of its process. (And this process of selection and debate will take place exclusively in the classroom–students will not be allowed to take unpublished manuscripts home, for instance.) Not only will students learn, through examples brought to light by the instructor, how to screen manuscripts based on aesthetic ideas, but they will also be instructed in the nuts and bolts of dealing with manuscripts in a professional and judicious manner. Additionally, students will learn some fundamentals of publishing including editing, marketing, correspondence with writers and other presses, and principles of layout and design. Interpersonal skills will be emphasized (as part of the process of disagreement and consensus) as we begin to focus on the aesthetic aspects of contemporary writing through the prism—a cross-section, so to speak—of styles of writing reflected in the submitted manuscripts. From more theory-driven, avant-garde works to more relatively mainstream works—post-confessional and simple narrative—students will examine the various stances and approaches available to the contemporary writer, as well as the hybridization of genres and styles that is currently part of the literary landscape.