Class, Mon, 4/03


  • Names and titles
  • Quoted phrases
  • Keywords

Copy Editing

Trade essays. Read through your partner’s piece with a pen in hand, marking anything that looks or sounds off to you—anything, that is, that the author might want to double-check. You do not have to correct mistakes or problems; you just need to note them

Err on the side of marking too much. Look for:

  • Paratext: Name, date, title, sections and subheads, running head with page numbers
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Omitted or repeated words

[Quick Writing Geek: A copy editor works with text:  grammar, punctuation, formatting. A line editor works with prose: style, voice, accuracy.]

If you’re unsure about something, ask Janel or me. When you get your piece back, read through it carefully and ask your editor if you don’t understand a problem they’ve noted.

Design Elements [docx and pdf]


Add a brief note of acknowledgments to the end of your piece. Thank the people who have helped you develop it: group members, editors, friends, roommates, teachers, etc. Make your thanks specific; tell us what people actually did to help you with your writing.

To Do

  1. Tues, 4/04, 10:00 am: Post your e1 to your individual folder on Google Drive. Good luck!
  2. Wed, 4/05, class: Read Green and Lambeth. Start thinking about what nonfiction piece you’d like us to discuss (for your X6).

About Joe Harris

I teach composition, creative nonfiction, and digital writing at the University of Delaware.
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