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Editing Masterclass (PUBL90021)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePUBL90021
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will introduce students to the principles and practices associated with the development and structural editing of a range of texts from four specialised genres: fiction, trade non-fiction, children’s books, genre fiction and educational publishing. Students will be presented with manuscripts across these specialised genres, by a combination of Publishing and Communications staff and guest lecturers from the relevant fields. Each genre will be covered in detail over two or three weeks of the semester. On successful completion of this subject students will have acquired advanced skills in manuscript appraisal and editing.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • understand current protocols and practices in the book publishing industry;
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the principles of structural editing across a range of genres; and
  • demonstrate skills in the critical assessment of manuscripts using a range of online and print-based materials.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for reading, seminar discussions and assessment;
  • a capacity for close critical analysis through engagement with a range of texts; and
  • a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions and collaborative exercises.

Last updated: 9 August 2019