357: Literary Editing and Publishing
Office Hours: TTh
Project Planning Assignment
Your major assignment for this class is to create a literary journal,
writers and artists, select submissions, and present your first issue
public. In order to successfully complete this task, you will have to
marketing materials, set up a web page, write editorial documents,
submissions, and design the layout of your first issue. The best way to
that you carry out all of these tasks as a group is to create a plan
using a project
incorporate your project planning form into the
final presentation of your materials at the end of the semester so make
sure to use your basic knowledge of visual
rhetoric and make your planning form look professional. You are welcome
the Project Planning Form
template, but I encourage you to incorporate your own schedule that
includes multiple draft dates of marketing materials, techinical
documents, webpages, etc..
Project Planning Form is due in class on September 12th.
Information to include in your Project
a schedule for rotating group managers: Each team
member should have a chance to act as group manager. The manager keeps
assigned tasks as well as conducts meetings and keeps the editorial
track. Their final task is to submit a progress
memo at the end of their designated position.
an editorial board: Though everyone in
your group is responsible
for completing the final production of your journal, it will be helpful
break up individual tasks and designate positions to oversee them. You
assign each team member one of the following positions: submission
layout editor, copy editor, marketing editor, and web editor.
who will be responsible for which parts of the
project. Who is best at doing what (writing early or final drafts,
layout, design and graphics, oral presentation)? Which tasks will be
individually and which collectively? Keep in mind that your collected
materials should display one consistent style throughout, as if written
person (the copy editor should keep an eye out for thishelp you with
on a meeting schedule and format: How often will your
group meet? Where
and for how long? Who will take notes or minutes? Set a strict time
each meeting and for each discussion topic. A meeting works best when
member prepares a specific contribution ahead of time.
a different “observer” for each meeting: The
designated observer keeps a list of what worked well during the meeting
what didn’t. This list is added to the meeting’s minutes.
a procedure for responding to the work of other members:
Will the work be done face to face, as a group, one on one, or online?
a group decision-making style: In order to prevent
members for making
executive decisions on their own, you should use one of the two
decision making styles:
leader makes decisions on the basis of group input.
are made by majority vote.
procedures for dealing with interpersonal problems:
How will gripes and disputes be aired and resolved (by vote, by
other)? How will irrelevant discussion be curtailed?
regular progress reports: Each team manager
will have to submit
a progress memo at the
their designated position. These reports track activities, problems,
progress. You will want to write down the due dates for these reports
in your planning form.