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PUB5002 Writing for Editors

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


This editing and publishing course follows the stages in modern publishing during which editors and publishers need to communicate effectively through the written word. It introduces students to styles of writing which foster productive relationships within publishing teams and appropriate tone and register in different situations. Editing and publishing professionals should have an understanding of grammar, syntax, language usage and punctuation, and be able to communicate clearly and concisely. They should be able to critically evaluate a range of written materials and identify discriminatory language and defamatory material as well as errors and inconsistencies. Electronic communication will be used for students to practise these skills online. Students undertaking this course are expected to have an undergraduate degree and possess sound literacy and computing skills. There is an expectation that students will be self-directed and will participate in an online discussion group.

This course develops the skills editors and publishing professionals will need to write a range of materials during different stages of the publishing process, including manuscript assessments and readers' reports, author queries, briefs for publishing teams and publishing project planning documents and reports. Instruction will focus on the writing skills required by editors and publishers that: contribute to effective communication and the development of professional relationships. Emphasis will be on the principles of good writing including grammar, consistency, punctuation, jargon, syntax and expression. Technical knowledge of language will be underpinned by critical analysis of the means by which language changes over time as well as appropriate forms of expression in different contexts, for different audiences and document types. The communication challenges posed by digital production processes and freelance or off-site editing and publishing will also be examined.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023