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High Desert Journal: The Literary Editing Process

Subject Area

English: Creative Writing

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My PowerPoint presentation outlines the literary and creative editing underwent by Professor Joe Wilkins and me during summer and fall of 2017. The presentation includes artifacts of the process, such as early drafts of essays we eventually decided to recommend for publishing, as well as notes shared between the editors and authors. Outside of the literary world, it is often believed that talented writers create their work ex nihilo with pure inspiration. My presentation provides a small example of the hours of editing and rewriting all authors and editors must undergo before publishing the polished final drafts seen in print. I also include in-depth analysis of my editing strategies and the key details I look for in a strong essay. Finally, I close by touching on my experience as curator of HDJ’s mini series What is the West? and my process of writing a book review for Maya Jewell Zeller’s newest collection of poems, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts.

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High Desert Journal: The Literary Editing Process

My PowerPoint presentation outlines the literary and creative editing underwent by Professor Joe Wilkins and me during summer and fall of 2017. The presentation includes artifacts of the process, such as early drafts of essays we eventually decided to recommend for publishing, as well as notes shared between the editors and authors. Outside of the literary world, it is often believed that talented writers create their work ex nihilo with pure inspiration. My presentation provides a small example of the hours of editing and rewriting all authors and editors must undergo before publishing the polished final drafts seen in print. I also include in-depth analysis of my editing strategies and the key details I look for in a strong essay. Finally, I close by touching on my experience as curator of HDJ’s mini series What is the West? and my process of writing a book review for Maya Jewell Zeller’s newest collection of poems, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts.