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The Making of a Magazine (Scribendi Part Two)

Amaris Ketcham,

Course Description

Scribendi is an annual undergraduate honors publication affiliated with the Western Regional Honors Council as well as Honors College. Produced at UNM by a staff of Honors College students, Scribendi publishes work by students in more than 850 honors programs and colleges nationwide. 

In the spring semester of our yearlong process, students put into practice the graphic design, copyediting, desktop publishing, and submission assessment skills they learned in the fall semester to perform the entire process of creating the next edition of our high-quality literature and art magazine. Students perform all of the editorial, design, typesetting, promotional, and operations management functions necessary to create a successful magazine. By the end of the year, student staff members gain practical, marketable skills in the art and process of producing a small press publication. For student staff members, Scribendi is a highly rewarding experience that begins in the fall and culminates with this course. PERMISSION TO ENROLL IS REQUIRED. 

If you are interested in joining next year's staff, look for applications in March!

Readings and Texts

Scribendi Staff Website 
KD Sullivan et al., The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders 
Denise Bosner, Mastering Type 
Bill Walsh, The Elephants of Style 
Robin Williams, The Non-Designer’s InDesign Book (optional)

Films and Other Course Materials


Course Fee


Student Requirements

Attendance, timely completion of production and management tasks, weekly work reports, and final 15-page reflective paper.

About the Instructor

Professor Amaris Ketcham received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Professor Ketcham has published essays, poetry, and short fiction in a variety of magazines, anthologies, and online venues. Her teaching interests include creative writing, fine arts, graphic design, and print and digital production. She currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for Scribendi, the Honors College and Western Regional Honors Council literature and arts magazine.