Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The workshop aims to present to students the work that is done in the drafting of a book publishing house, providing guidance on the tools necessary for the preparation of a text to be printed, in accordance with the editorial standards of each specific publishing house and in reference to the graphic needs of the mise en page, to be met with the pagination software.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop on editorial work in the publishing house the student will have acquired a clear overview of the tasks which are completed by a book publishing editor and will have become aware of the tools necessary to perform the different tasks an editor is called to prepare a text for printing.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Frontal lesson and streaming.
Course syllabus
During the lessons (10) the students will be shown the different stages of the editorial work in a non-fiction publishing house and in a fiction publishing house. The workshop will open with an overview of the "standard structure" of a medium-sized publishing house (organization chart, different professional roles, tasks and interactions between the offices) and the organization of a large group, presenting the current situation of the Italian editorial market. We will then focus on the editorial and drafting work, the central topic of the course, from the starting text (Word), delivered by the author, at the time of the print. All the different stages of the editorial work will be considered in detail: editing, revision of a translation, layout, bibliographic notes, references and indexes, image processing, drafting and proofreading, up to the management of the relationship with authors and translators. Finally, we'll analyze the promotional and distribution phases.
The aim of the workshop is to tell the students how they work in the editorial stuff of a publishing house, between the strengths and weaknesses of a profession, the copyeditor, characterized by obsessive precision, curiosity without limits, infinite patience and respectful humility.
Prerequisites for admission
Good knowledge of the contemporary Italian literature; basic knowledge of the history of books, press and publishing and very interested in the publishing market. A sound knowledge of the Office package is recommended.
Teaching methods
The workshop is focused on continuous dialogue with students. Several exercises will be carried out, partly in class and at home, specifically: a proofreading test, an editing test and a reference's compilation test. The layout procedures will only be described, it will not be possible to explain in detail the use of Adobe Indesign.
Teaching Resources
Materials will be provided during the lessons.

They're approximate references, which will be explained in detail during the lessons.

Manuale del redattore, Edigeo
Trovare lavoro in editoria, Editrice Bibliografica
M. Santoro, Lezioni di bibliografia, Editrice Bibliografica
F. Scala, La correzione di bozze, Editrice Bibliografica
F. Venuda, La citazione bibliografica nei percorsi di ricerca, Edizioni Unicopli
A. Cadioli, G. Vigini, Storia dell'editoria in Italia. Dall'Unità a oggi, Editrice Bibliografica
A. Cadioli, Le diverse pagine, il Saggiatore
A. Cadioli, Letterati editori, il Saggiatore
G.C. Ferretti, G. Iannuzzi, Storie di uomini e libri. L'editoria letteraria italiana attraverso le sue collane, Minimum fax
R. Falcinelli, Fare i libri. Dieci anni di grafica in casa editrice, Minimum fax
Centolettori. I pareri di lettura dei consulenti Einaudi 1941-1991, Einaudi
G. Caproni, Giudizi del lettore, il melangolo
U. Eco, Come si fa una tesi di laurea, Bompiani
M. Perkins, L'editor dei geni, Elliot
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final opinion, which will be communicated in a short individual interview during the last lesson, will be the result of the different tests carried out during the lessons.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Cervini Michela