W280 16094 LITERARY EDITING AND PUBLISHING
Robert Bledsoe

12:20p-1:10p MWF (15 students) 3 cr.

W280 is an introduction to literary editing and publishing. We will examine a variety of literary magazines and small press journals, focusing our attention on the creative work of contemporary writers in three genres—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Our interrogation of the aesthetics of published literary journals will help you to develop an awareness of your own artistic, critical, and editorial position. The class will culminate in a proposal for either a print or e-journal, of which you would, of course, be editor-in-chief. The primary objectives of this class are to sharpen your analytical skills, help you develop a critical vocabulary, and refine your writing. There will be four formal writing assignments in additional to the final project.

Texts:
Pushcart Prize XXIX: Best of the Small Presses
Indiana Review, Volume 27, Number 1