Calendar

Copyeditors and Readers & Writers

Week One
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of August 20

    1. Read through course policies & calendar
    2. Set up course technologies

Copyediting Basics

Week Two
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of August 27

    1. The basic purposes and techniques of copyediting
    2. Introduce Project One
    3. Course work submission procedures
    4. Creating shareable links in Dropbox or Google Drive

Punctuation

Week Three
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of September 3

    1. Fundamentals of punctuation marks and their uses

Spelling, Capitalization

Week Four
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of September 10

    1. Spelling, including variant spellings within and between AmE and BrE
    2. Capitalization of proper nouns and the importance of style references

Numbers, Numerals; Abbreviations

Week Five
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of September 17

    1. Project One due Thursday, September 20 at 11:59pm CT
    2. Numbers and numerals
    3. Abbreviations and acronyms

Grammar I: Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives

Week Six
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of September 24

    1. Basic grammar: nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
    2. Introduce Project Two

Grammar II: Verbs, Adverbs, Prepositions; Conjunctions

Week Seven
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of October 1

    1. Basic grammar: verbs, adverbs, and prepositions
    2. Conjunctions and sentence construction

Errors and Usage

Week Eight
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of October 8

    1. Common grammatical errors and their fancy names
    2. Usage guides and dictionaries

Figures and Tables; Mathematical Formulas

Week Nine
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of October 15

    1. Figures: photographs, illustrations, and other works of art
    2. Tables: data, charts, graphs, and other visualizations
    3. Representing and copyediting mathematical formulas in manuscripts

Quotations and Dialogue

Week Ten
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of October 22

    1. Quotation and citation of written material
    2. Dialogue

Citations and References I: CMS Notes and Bibliography

Week Eleven
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of October 29

    1. Project Two due Thursday, November 1 at 11:59pm CT
    2. Basics of citation styles
    3. Note-style references and bibliography in CMS

Citations and References II: CMS Author-Date References

Week Twelve
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of November 5

    1. Author-date style references in CMS
    2. Introduce Project Three

Proofreading, Indexes

Week Thirteen
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of November 12

    1. Proofreading and its differences from copyediting
    2. Creating indexes from page proofs

Work Week (Thanksgiving Break)

Week Fourteen
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of November 19

    1. Open Q&A on Monday and Tuesday

Copyediting Professionally

Week Fifteen
  1. Discussion Topics, Week of November 26

    1. Professional practices and ethics for working copyeditors
    2. Freelancing as a copyeditor