In addition to gaining a comprehensive view of the industry, students in the graduate program in Book Publishing have the opportunity to specialize in an area of the publishing process. One of the ways they do this is by taking advanced, elective courses in areas such as editing, design, or marketing. Some of these elective courses require that you have taken a foundational course prior to enrollment. However, other elective courses are open to all students, including those in other programs and undergraduate students.
Typography, Layout, and Production (WR 471/571)
Comprehensive course in professional book design and production. Issues specific to the design of fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres and markets will be covered. Prerequisites: Book Design Software.
Copyediting (WR 472/572)
Learn how to improve the clarity, coherency, consistency, and correctness of other people’s writing through application of grammatical and stylistic guidelines. Study grammar, usage, punctuation, and style. This course offers a narrow focus on editing at the line and substantive level, with little to no attention given to broad development of a manuscript. Prerequisites: Book Editing.
Developmental Editing (WR 473/573)
Explores the relationship between an editor, a writer, and the work in the process of developmental editing—also known as global, substantive, or comprehensive editing. Examines historically significant editor/author relations, how the editorial process and relationships have changed over time, and how editorial expectations shift based on the expectations of the publisher, the constantly changing global marketplace, and the introduction of new technologies. Prerequisites: Book Editing.
Publishing for Young Adults (WR 476/576)
Study the techniques commonly deployed by writers and publishers of young adult and middle grade literature. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Children’s Book Publishing (WR 477/577)
Study the techniques commonly used by writers and publishers of children’s literature. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Other elective courses offered as Special Topics in Writing (WR 410/510)
- Archaeology of the Book (no prerequisites)
- The Popular Book in the United States (no prerequisites)
- Editorial Theory (no prerequisites)
- Concepts in Digital Publishing (no prerequisites)
- Transmedia Marketing (prerequisite: Book Marketing)
- Researching Book Publishing (no prerequisites)