I wanted to be an editor. That's all I knew when I started college nearly ten years ago. I had no idea if that was a practical goal, or whether I wanted to edit books, magazines, newspapers, or a combination of the three. I just knew that I had a love for words and a passion for working with words to create a document or manuscript that was the best version of itself.
Fast forward eight years, I found myself in a Publishing Practicum class at the University of Iowa where the professor addressed each of the nine students as "Editors." We were THE Editors of the 4th Annual Iowa Chapbook Prize! I was an Editor! It was only a semester-long gig, but I felt like I'd finally made it.
During that semester I applied and was accepted into the Denver Publishing Institute where I gained more in-depth knowledge and experience with copy editing, proofreading, and marketing from professionals in the publishing industry.
January 2022, I will begin a new graduate program: MA in Professional Creative Nonfiction Writing with the University of Denver. In the mean time, I am considering independent editing, proofreading, and writing opportunities in varying genres from business or educational documents to fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir. Contact me at Jen.Anne.Becker@gmail.com with information about your project and how I can help you.
These lesson plans are a sampling of planning worksheets used during the first half of the semester. They helped me gain a feel for how to pace each class session and were used when creating the corresponding slide presentations.