Structural (Substantive) Editing

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Structural (Substantive) Editing

<p>Whereas copy editors feather dust the typescript, structural (substantive) editors refurbish it. Learn what structural editors do; discuss the nature, proportions, elements and arrangement of any

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Whereas copy editors feather dust the typescript, structural (substantive) editors refurbish it. Learn what structural editors do; discuss the nature, proportions, elements and arrangement of any publication; brainstorm ways to structure an unstructured book; identify the text and non-text elements of two similar books; reorder a group of paragraphs and the entries in a table of contents; suggest ways to structurally improve a school newsletter and a magazine article; and learn to ‘mark up’ – grade headings and code textual treatments.


Please bring a red, blue and green pen; a ruler; a bottle of correction fluid; and an eraser.


NOTE: There will be short breaks for morning and afternoon tea and a break for lunch – lunch is NOT included.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • 9.15am – 10.00am: What do structural editors do? Exercise 1: Study Don Watson’s 'Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language' and suggest ways to structurally edit it
  • 10.00am –10.45am: ‘A Definition of Structure: The Nature, Proportions, Elements and Arrangement’, ‘Ten Questions to Ask to Make Sure the Patient Is Alive’, ‘A Sample Table of Contents’, 'The Three Text Elements and Four Text Elements of a Book’s Structure', ‘Fiction: How Much Editing Is Needed?’ and 'Special Problems'
  • 10.45am – 11.30am: Exercise 2: Tick the structural elements of the two botany books
  • 11.30am – 11.45am: Morning tea
  • 11.45am – 12.15pm: A sample table of contents. Exercise 3: Order the ‘ASEAN’ table of contents in a logical sequence
  • 12.45pm – 1.15pm: Exercise 4: Order the ‘autobiography’ paragraphs in a logical sequence, by circling, arrowing and numbering the paragraphs
  • 1.15pm – 2.00pm: Lunch (not included)
  • 2.00pm – 2.45 pm: Exercise 5: On separate sheets of ruled paper, list, edit, create and grade subheadings for the school newsletter. Mark up all the subheadings to be in minimal capitalisation (sentence case)
  • 2.45pm – 3.15pm: Exercise 6: Using a green pen, grade all the subheadings for 'Making Small Business Work for You' and mark them up to be in maximal capitalisation (title case)
  • 4.00pm – 4.30pm: Exercise 7: Grade and code the edited and styled sample chapter
  • 4.30pm – 4.45 pm: Exercise 8: Suggest ways to improve the magazine article at the level of the sentence and paragraph


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to do as follows:

  1. Identify the structural elements of any publication.
  2. Order text in a logical sequence.
  3. Grade headings and code textual treatments.