Class, Mon, 5/08

Digitizing Essays on Medium: Some Notes

Notes Digitizing

Line Editing

Trade essays. Read through your partner’s piece with a pen in hand. Look for moments where you feel that:

  • The writer’s voice seems uncertain. This might have to do with phrasing, or emphasis, or you might just want to mark a stretch where you fazed out a bit as a reader, lost your engagement with what was being said.
  • The argumentative or narrative flow of the piece is disrupted. Are there sentences or ¶s that don’t seem to connect well with the rest of the piece, or that go over what has been said before?
  • You’re not sure where the writer’s information is coming from. Play fact-checker. Does the author offer evidence (from other texts or from her experiences) for what she has to say?

Copy Editing

Read a piece by another writer in this class, this time as a copy editor, 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. Look for:

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

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


Once again, please 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.

X7: Toward Publishing

To Do

  1. Tues, 5/09, 10:00 am: Post the final version of your second essay to your Google Drive folder. If you are submitting your second essay online, email me the link
  2. Wed, 5/10, class: Read the Class Picks from Bridget, Matt, and Sam B.
  3. Fri, 5/12, 10:00 am: Post “Toward Publishing” to this site. We’ll discuss your ideas, and your responses to this course, in class.

About Joe Harris

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