Editing, Layout, and Publishing – WRIT 400

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

This course provides students with a practical working knowledge of the fundamentals of editing for publishing.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course introduces writing students to the fundamentals of editing for publishing original writing for multiple contexts, modalities, and audiences. Students will learn to critically analyze verbal texts and synthesize data in a manner that clearly communicates the intended message to the intended audience, skills essential for understanding our world and impacting it for Christ.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will engage in peer-discussion related to a variety of writing prompts specifically targeted to hone their writing and analysis of writing. The student is required to submit a thread of 100-200 words in response to the provided prompt listed in the discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to three classmates’ threads, supplying the minimum word count of 100-150 word per post (CLO: A, B, and E). 

Discussion Workshops (3)

The student will submit his/her completed Writing Assignments to the Discussion Workshop. Here the student will choose three peers' writing assignments and edit/workshop these creative pieces. The student will upload these back to his/her peers through the Discussion Workshop forum (CLO: A, B, C, D, E). 

Writing Assignments (3)

The student will write three creative pieces that will then be used for the Discussion Workshops and the Workshop Assignments. These three topics will be focused on the unconditional love of God, fictional scenes, and poetry (CLO: A, B, C, D, E). 

Workshop Assignments (3)

This assignment is related to the Discussion Workshops and the Writing Assignments. For this assignment students will choose one of their peer workshopped edits (where they edited their peers' work) and submit it to the professor for evaluation regarding their editorial skills (CLO: A, B, C, D, E). 

Revision Assignment

The student will submit a revision of one of their Writing Assignments. Before resubmitting this they must address comments provided to them by professor and peer evaluations/workshops CLO: B, C, D, and E).