For each paragraph, you can use a structure like this:

Again, these are just examples. The theme is like a magic word -- one word or phrase that captures the main insight you gained from doing the interview.

Students have to complete interview assignments for a psychology, English, social studies, anthropology -- the list goes on and on. For almost any subject area, you can benefit by interviewing a person with special insight into some concepts being discussed in class.


1. Write a sentence about one concept from class.

"Your articles on writing advice definitely have improved my writing speed ...and grades!"- Noah S.

Once you have all your ideas on paper, you will need to do the final proofreading and editing. Hopefully, your spell checker picked out the major mistakes. However, you should still pay careful attention to grammar and punctuation rules. Here are a few common mistakes:


The inconvenient facts of Masterpiece Cakeshop

Vivian Dudro: In my capacity as a developmental editor, I see myself as a kind of labor and delivery nurse. An author with a message he is trying to communicate is giving birth to something; and since the process can be long and painful, he sometimes needs coaching and encouragement. When I am minding titles that don’t need heavy editing, I am more like a sheepdog that nips at the work done by others while herding them toward their deadlines.

CWR: How would you describe your work?

Dudro: In a work of nonfiction, I look for clear, concise, and well-organized writing about a topic that interests me. The proper use and attribution of sources is also very important. In fiction, I look for believable, sympathetic characters; a plausible, attention-getting plot; and not simply clear writing but beautiful, show-me-don’t-tell-me writing.

CWR: How did you end up working as an editor at Ignatius Press?

Vivian Dudro is Senior Editor at Ignatius Press (which publishes CWR). Over the last 35 years, she has written news articles, book reviews, and columns for various Catholic media, including the National Catholic Register, Catholic World Report, and Catholic San Francisco. She has been interviewed on radio and television programs, both Catholic and secular, about a variety of literary and religious topics. Vivian and her husband live in San Francisco and are the parents of four grown children.

Dudro: The production process varies considerably from book to book.

Ordway recently corresponded with Carl E. Olson, editor of , to discuss her new book, the art of apologetics, the importance of language, and how apologetics should be “incarnational”.

CWR: How would you sum up the relationship between editor and author?

The secretary of education offers prayers and thoughts on her signature issues, but little on the current pressing issues for students and educators: guns and school safety.