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Completed project

Attached is a separate pdf for each page of the 20 page literary magazine "The Lights." It appear misleading because the page two is labeled with a 3. I pdf-ed each page because my faith in the capacity of Scribus is not strong.

Personal contributions

Final project:

“The Lights”Literary magazine project

For my editing and publishing project, I chose to collaborate with Melissa Askey and Arria Washington to make a literary magazine titled “The Lights.” “For this project, I contributed four poems, the photography, and I edited the layout. “The Lights” focused on insightful poems that were divided into relationship and understanding sects. While I did some copyediting, I focused most of my energy on laying out the pages.

In our group, we divided the roles into three separate sections: micro editor (copyediting and such), macro editor (content), and layout and design person. My focal point was that of the layout and design. I chose this role because I have a lot of experience with Indesign. For this project, we used the program Scribus. Scribus worked well with this project because it included the option of editing photography directly within the program.

I also contributed and worked with the photography. We chose the title “The Lights,” because most of the poems had a reoccurring theme that could be related to some for of light or enlightenment. This is also a strong focal point in my personal photography portfolio. We connected the sections to the theme by calling them “spotlight on relationships” and “spotlight on understanding.”

Editing (5-7)

phase 3:

Today we met to fully finish our project at the Commonplace Coffeehouse. This consisted of micro and macro editing each page, making last minute layout and design tweaks, and PDFing the project.
This part of the phase took about two hours. We then got it published at ProPacket.

Editing (5-2)

phase 2:

The content order has been determined and the about the author and letter to the reader pages have been laid out.
The final order of content of the magazine is finalized:
• Cover
• Title page
• Letter to the reader
• Table of contents
• Spotlight on relationships:
  1. Still lives
  2. Ways to escape
  3. You pull away
  4. On the first heartbreak
  5. Grocery store
  6. We lay in the grass
• Spotlight on understanding
  1. The wall
  2. Window seal
  3. Rooftop
  4. Boonies
  5. Snowfall
  6. Nest
• About the authors
  1. Melissa
  2. Meghan
  3. Arria
• Credits


phase 1:

The pages have been laid out and are going through the first stages of grammatical editing, micro and macro editing, layout decisions, and final decisions on section and title names.
We decided on two sub sections in our Literary Magazine with the theme of "lights."

Spotlight on relationships:
• You Pull Away
• On the First Heartbreak You Are Doomed to Endure
• Ways to Escape
• Still Lives
• We Lay on the Grass
• After Running into You in the Grocery Store

Spotlight on understanding:
• The Things I Do Not Hear from my Rooftop
• On a Drive Through the Boonies
• The First Snowfall
• The Wall
• Window Seal Not Still
• Nest

Decided content for project

The Things I Do Not Hear from my Rooftop
On a Drive Through the Boonies
On the First Heartbreak You Are Doomed to Endure
You Pull Away

Ways to Escape
Still Lives
We Lay in the Grass
After Running into You in the Grocery Store

The First Snowfall
The Wall
Window Seal Not Still

Project tentative group schedule

For Thursday (April 18):
• Submit the content for the 'about the author' sections.
• Also, submitting a photo for the 'about the author' section.

For Tuesday (April 23):
• Have the four individual poems decided (each) and bring in physical, edited copy.

Tuesday in class we will discuss the edits made on physical copies and make changes digitally. Send the digital, edited versions to Meghan. The edited poems will then be added to Scribus.

For Thursday (25):
• Review Scribus hard, first copies and make additional edits.
• Also, review and edit the 'about the author' pages.
• Decide order for content.

Project stylesheet

Tentative table of contents:
• Cover
• Title page
• Explanation page
• Table of contents
• Contents
• About the authors

General conditions:
• Using Scribus for page layout/design.
• Overall theme for literary magazine (images-wise) is the multiple forms of light.
• Contributing six pages of content each.

General Style:
• Titles and headings should be in American Typewriter font
Specific style: Lower case with period.
• Content/body font should be in Times New Roman.
• Color theme is dark purple.

Poem Content Style:
• Capitalizing each line of poems and adding punctuation.
• Use columns – keep each poem on one page.
• Adding pull quotes and images to each page.
• Content length will determine body and title font size.
• Authors’ works will be mixed in (not sectioned off).
• Spacing between title and content should look neat.
• The author’s name should be in American Typewriter font, un-capitalized, in a smaller size than the title, aligned with the title.

About the author content style:
• Third person classic style.
• Include: education, future aspirations, writing experience, hobbies.
300-500 words
• Title and body font will be the same in all three pages.
• Adding photo of author.

Independent work:

Stylesheet constructed by: Meghan McDonald, Melissa Askey, Arria Washington
Post date: April 16

Today in class, the three of us discussed the important style issues for our literary magazine. I mostly focused on the layout, image, and design aspect, while they contributed detail content styles. Next class, we plan to have our About the Author content completed along with a photo.

Editing and Publishing project proposal

For my Editing and Publishing project, I want to expand my writing experiment project and edit it into a literary magazine format. The project that I have been constructing is a combination of communication forms (prose, poetry, news article, photography, journal) toward one storyline. The storyline is about a college student suicide.

Thus far, I have been constructing the project to be formatted in an electronic version. However, for this class, I will be editing the content to be compatible for a literary magazine. This will allow more room for visual representation such as art and photography. This is especially important because the “writing experiment” that I am working on will also focus on how visual representations can add to writing. The project is all about the multiple ways of communicating.

Editing for a literary magazine will also require a different layout of the content. Differentiations for editing for a literary magazine include the fact that there is more of a concrete order (unfortunately there are not hyperlinks on physical paper books… at this time). For example: larger content forms will be laid out through multiple columns; if it is a poetry piece, there may be room for the piece to be centered, with some featured art.

Some other classmates who are working on creative pieces have been discussing the possibility of combining works to edit a literary magazine together (if this is allowed). This would allow us as a group to grasp an understanding on how a literary magazine is organized and edited, together.

Scribus news poster

For Editing and Publishing, our next step was to create a news poster for an event of sorts. I chose to focus on the portal that is to replace URSA at IUP. I used two images that had been emailed to me from one of the designers, along with one of my own photographs. Because the event is suggesting advancement for the future, I wanted to create a poster with a slick look to it. I have seen what MyIUP looks like and I attempted to contribute that same style to my poster. I used Scribus for the creating of the poster. Scribus has similar to Indesign, so I was able to use it with little trouble. I am also very pleased that there is a free editing program that I can have on my laptop. The key elements that I highlighted on the poster were concise, yet the most important information that the readers would need to know.

Contributions to class web project

My work:

I was very thankful for the helpful advice that the other classmates had provided for my townie contributions to the class web project. My section began in a "rant-like" manner and, thanks to constructive criticism, transformed into a helpful how-to for townie life.
I wanted to brief on my life as a townie because it has been a changing concept in my college career and also because I feel that there are many other college kids who are in the same situations.
Final Draft


For the most part, I edited Mike, Llynall, Michelle, Princess and Aria’s pages. I had first started with micro editing, looking for those minor, grammatical changes. Next, I looked at the content as a whole. Does this make sense? What angle can be added to really take the reader further? I was please to see the changes that were made and the final products of my classmates.
Editing contributed to: Michelle, Princess