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THE PUBLICATION PROCESS (SCRIBENDI PART ONE)

Amaris Ketcham, ketchama@unm.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Scribendi is a high-quality publication of art and literature, sponsored by the Western Regional Honors Council and UNM’s Honors College. Produced completely by Honors College students, Scribendi publishes creative work by undergraduate honors students in more than 800 colleges and universities. This first half of our yearlong process is designed to train students who have committed themselves to the immensely rewarding experience of producing our publication. Functioning largely as an educational internship in small publication production, this course provides hands-on experience in proofreading, copyediting, typography, magazine design and layout, professional desktop publishing software, fundraising, marketing and distribution, as well as small press management. Students should understand this is a two-semester commitment, spanning both fall and spring semesters.


READINGS AND TEXTS

Denise Bosner, Mastering Type

K. D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston, The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders

Bill Walsh, The Elephants of Style


FILMS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS

Scribendi Staff Website, Scribendi Handbook

STUDENT 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

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.