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The Publication Process (Scribendi Part One)

Amaris Ketcham, ketchama@unm.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Scribendi is a high quality, award-winning publication of art and literature, sponsored by the Western Regional Honors Council and the UNM Honors College. Produced completely by Honors College students, Scribendi publishes creative works by undergraduate honors students in more than 200 western colleges and universities. This first half of our year-long process is designed specifically for students who have committed themselves to the immensely rewarding and enormously challenging experience of producing our award-winning publication. 

Functioning largely as an educational internship in small publication production, this course provides students with practical, hands-on experience in copyediting, typography, magazine design and layout (using Adobe Creative Suite desktop publishing software), fundraising, marketing and distribution, as well as small press management. The Scribendi experience differs from the usual academic class in that it is focused on active learning accomplished by intensive discussion, practice and application, and an emphasis on professional behavior. Enrollment is limited to students selected through an application and interview process conducted by the instructor. Students should understand this is a two-semester commitment, spanning both fall and spring semesters. 

READINGS AND TEXTS
Scribendi Staff Handbook (available free online) 

Scribendi Staff Website 
Laura Anderson, McGraw-Hill's Proofreading Handbook 
Denise Bosner, Mastering Type 
Bill Walsh, The Elephants of Style 
Robin Williams, The Non-Designer’s InDesign Book (optional)

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS
Requirements: 

Attendance; participation in class discussions and activities; maintenance of weekly office hours; 10 assignments covering design, software, copyediting, and assessment; and a final 10-15-page miniature magazine project.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Amaris Ketcham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Amaris 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.