Pt. II: Typos and grammar


There are two schools of thought on this, and one of the schools is wrong.

The wrong school of thought allows student work to be published with typos and grammatical errors in the belief that this preserves the student’s authentic voice.

But this is misguided. The work of your writing center should be to improve student writing, to improve their facility with the written word. Publishing students’ unfinished or unpolished work is highlighting their shortcomings. And it’s dishonoring their thoughts and ideas, because the typos and errors are distracting. They get in the way and they dull the power of the young writer’s words.

Your students should be held to the same standard as any writer. When professional writers write, they benefit from copy editors and proofers who make sure their work is polished and error-free before it’s published. If we respect young writers, we give them the same courtesy.

The publications you create should be held to the highest standards. They should be of professional quality because the greatest honor you can give to a student author is to publish them in a professional manner.