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News and Events

Washington DC

Beth is looking for a co-coordinator or a replacement coordinator for the Washington DC area chapter. Please reach out to her at the email below, or to the chapter development chairperson, Robin, at chapters@the-efa.org. See also: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DC-EFA/

Activities of EFA's WashDC chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Elizabeth Schwinn, chapter coordinator, at chap_washdc AT the-efa.org. You must be an EFA member to join an EFA chapter. Chapter events are open to all members, guests of members, and freelancers interested in joining EFA.


Next Meeting

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Previous Meetings

Writing and Editing Careers in the Federal Government

Saturday, October 17, 2015

A federal employee will explain how to go about getting a writing or editing job in the federal government. David Barnes, who has worked not only for the federal government but newspapers and trade publications as well as a stint on Capitol Hill, brings a newsman's perspective to the arcane process of federal job-hunting. He will describe the kinds of writing and editing jobs available, explain how to identify appropriate jobs on USAJobs.gov, and outline how to tailor a resume for both a particular job and the computerized application process. The meeting will be in the Silver Spring Library in Silver Spring, Md., from 10 a.m. to noon. It is free to EFA members, $10 otherwise.

Building Your Website

Saturday, May 17, 2014

This is the tentative date for our meeting, a 4-hour session where you will build a website (if you don't have one) or update one you have. We will probably use Wix or Weebly to build the site. Please get in touch with the chapter coordinator if you have suggestions or thoughts for the meeting. We will charge a fee less for EFA members) and use a professional trainer. More details and location TK.

Pricing Your Services

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In this forum, we'll share information on pricing services. We'll review EFA's recommended rates for various services, share pricing strategies in the current market, and then talk about pricing challenges we've run into. For those who can't make it in person, join us on Twitter (#dcefa) or via conference call. There will be no speaker and no handout for this meeting--you need to participate if you are interested. It is free and open to all.

The Business of Writing

Saturday, January 11, 2014

This workshop covers all you need to set up as a freelance writer or editor. We will meet at a member's home in Silver Spring, Maryland over coffee and pastries to learn how to form an LLC (in DC, MD or VA), how to pay local/federal taxes, whether to incorporate, etc. We will have a speaker, but your input is also welcome! Please email the chapter coordinator, elizabeth_schwinn@yahoo.com, for the meeting address.

Twitter for Publishing Professionals

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November 6, 7:00-8:30PM We will be logging into Twitter (some of you may be joining for the first time), sharing how we use it for work, who we follow, what we post, etc. Please bring a tablet or laptop--WiFi is available.

Snacks and drinks will be available.

Come to the Barr Building, 910 17th St. NW, Suite 800. (Farragut North and West Metro) Sign in in the lobby and the security guard will give you elevator access to the 8th floor. Many thanks to EFA member Betsy Houston for hosting at her office.

Marketing for Freelance Writers and Editors

Monday, June 4, 2012

Debbie DeChambeau, founder of SelectBusinessTeam LLC, will show how to adapt proven marketing strategies to a writing and editing business. She conducts workshops on marketing, social media and helps clients increase business through networking and referral marketing, using a system called Duct Tape Marketing. The workshop will be held upstairs at the Tenley Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 4.

BEYOND SEO

Friday, March 30, 2012

If you write content for the Web, you've probably been asked to "optimize" it so that search engines can find the site. Or maybe you've been struggling to make your own website search engine friendly. Happily, there is light at the end of this particular tunnel. David Hollender of Mind Sky Communications will explain new ways that sites are getting found online. We'll also have a handout on the topic of Web content writing. The meeting is free. 7-8 p.m., Politics & Prose, 5015 Conn Ave NW, lower level.

Updated Tips and Tools for Editors

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Barbara Hart, President and Editorial Director of Publications Professionals LLC, will speak on production tips, fact-checking, proofreading, informal publishing, and other topics of importance to editors. This talk will take place from 6 to 8 pm in the Small Meeting Room of the West End Public Library in Washington, D.C. The talk is free and no reservation is required. For further information please contact Mark Pavlick at

http://www.dclibrary.org/westend

Networking Made Simple

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Editors, publishers: Does networking sound almost as appealing as a root canal? Worry no longer -- learn how networking can work for you. Find out how to define your target market; choose the right networking venues for you and your business; craft a memorable elevator speech; define networking goals and develop a networking action plan. Juli Monroe (1to1discovery.com) is a certified coach. Her book on how face-to-face networking and social media can be used together will be published this spring. Juli helps new and experienced business owners find their own voice and their own path in building business relationships, both in-person and on-line. Wine and cheese provided by Reiter's Books.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. It will be held at Reiter's Books on 1900 G St. NW in Washington www.reiters.com. The meeting is sponsored by the Washington DC chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association and Washington Book Publishers www.washingtonbooks.com.

If you have any questions, please email Mark Pavlick.

Taxes for Freelance Editors and Writers

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Join the DC chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association at 6 pm on Thursday February 24th for an informal discussion with Andy Cooper, CPA, on "Taxes for Freelance Editors and Writers". We'll meet in a second floor room at Zorba's Café, 1612 20th Street NW, near the north exit of the Dupont Circle Metro station. Admission free, no RSVP required.

www.zorbascafe.com

www.quinnlobel.com

Freelance Success Using Social Media

Monday, November 15, 2010

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and More

Brenda Stoltz, a B2B technology marketing consultant and social media instructor at NOVA, will speak on the many advantages that the use of social media can give freelance writers, editors, and journalists. Ms. Stoltz will speak on Monday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room of the West End Public Library in Washington. There will be a period for questions and discussion with Ms. Stoltz.

Location information: www.dclibrary.org/westend

Directions: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=1101+24th+St.+N.W.+Washington%2C+DC+20037

This lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

For more information, please contact Mark Pavlick at mvp2@me.com.

"Organize Your Office and Finances"

Monday, March 22, 2010

Join DC Editorial Freelancers for this presentation by Susan Kousek, a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Balanced Spaces, who will talk about two topics of importance to solopreneurs (self-employed individuals without employees): 1. Setting up and organizing a home office -- How to avoid many of the mistakes solopreneurs make when setting up a home office (including workspace and furniture recommendations) -- How to set up a filing system for your projects 2. The financial aspects of running a freelance business -- Setting up a filing system for your financial records and important business documents (e.g., federal registration, business license, contracts, etc.) -- Invoicing -- Tracking your income and expenses for taxes and management purposes.

This talk will take place in the LARGE Meeting Room at the DC West End Public Library beginning at 6 pm on Monday March 22nd. Admission is free, no RSVP required. The nearest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom.

Susan Kousek - Balanced Spaces LLC - Reston, VA

www.balancedspaces.com

skousek@balancedspaces.com

Certified Professional Organizer

Certified GO System Trainer

Getting a Grip on Word Files

Monday, February 22, 2010

Desktop publishing expert Bevi Chagnon takes some of the core concepts of her "508 + Word + PDF" class and condenses them into this short seminar on how you can work smarter and faster with Word's built-in tools: -- Are your Word documents uploaded to the Web? -- Are they provided to government agencies that require 508-accessible files? -- Are your Word documents passed along to desktop publishers who import them into InDesign, QuarkXPress, and other layout programs? -- Are exported to Acrobat PDF files that must be 508-accessible? -- Are they stored in content management system (CMS)?

If you answered "yes" or "maybe" to any of these questions, then this class is for you. It is specifically designed for writers, editors, authors, subject matter experts (SMEs), and others who create MS Word documents destined for the web, content management systems, or desktop publishing.

You'll get 2 hours of step-by-step instructions and tips on how to create "well-formed" Word files, faster and easier. Many of these tips will also help you format and edit your documents faster, too.

If you have a laptop, bring it to the seminar and work right along with Bevi's demonstrations. Handouts will be provided for you to take home. Bevi is half designer, half geek, and 100 percent teacher. She's a prolific writer on design, web, desktop publishing, 508 accessibility, technology, and digital media. Look for her work in your class (your custom workbooks), as well as online in various forums, tech lists, and websites.

pubcom.com/associates/instructors.html#bevi

This DC-EFA meeting will be held in the LARGE Conference Room of the West End Public Library from 6-8 pm on Monday, Feb. 22nd. The nearest Metro is Foggy Bottom. Admission free, no RSVP needed.

Government Contract Work: Takes Stamina to Win but Worth the Payoff

Monday, November 9, 2009

Government Contract Work: Takes Stamina to Win but Worth the Payoff

Shirley Sirota Rosenberg reports she had no choice. In the third grade, a teacher pleased with a story Shirley wrote, remarked, "I suppose you want to be a journalist when you grow up." And, she reports, "I was marked for life, never working at anything else." Her first job was with a local weekly newspaper; the next: a move into freelance work for both the private and public sectors that eventually included the post of Washington Editor for Parent's Magazine..

More than years ago Shirley established SSR Incorporated, a writing and editing business. For much of that time, she was also an Adjunct Professor at GWU, teaching the capstone course in the Publications Specialist Program.

http://ssrinc.com/home.html

Ms. Rosenberg will speak on Monday Nov. 9th in the Small Conference Room of the West End Public Library from 6-8 pm. The nearest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom.

http://dcpl.dc.gov/dcpl/cwp/view.asp?a=1266&q=565827

Succeeding in Today's Freelance World

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ms. Barbara Hart, an editor in the D.C. area for over thirty years, will speak to us on "Succeeding in Today's Freelance World" on Monday, October 19th from 6-8 pm in the Small Conference Room of the West End Public Library.

Some of the topics Ms. Hart will cover, as well as her contact information, are below:

* Editing versus proofreading tasks * Realistic hourly rates (how to figure your annual income needs) * Contracts and independent contractor tax issues * Washington requirements that are different from other locales * Plethora of styles based on Chicago and how to conform to style of each client * Quality standards (or lack thereof) * Ever-decreasing, ever-tightening time to provide editorial and proofreading quality

Barbara B. Hart, Pres. & Editorial Director Publications Professionals LLC 3702 Oak Hill Way Fairfax, VA 22030-1608 phone: 703.934.4499 fax: 703.591.7389 e-mail: BHart@... web: www.pubspros.com (redesigned site pending)

Tax Issues of Independent Writers and Editors

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mr. Leonard B. Trester, CPA, Senior Tax Manager for MillerMusmar Accounting Services in Reston, will speak to us on Monday, September 21st, 6-8 pm, in the Small Conference Room of the West End Public Library in DC. Nearest Metro is Foggy Bottom.

Beyond SEO

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

If you're doing content writing for the Web, you've probably been asked to "optimize" it so that search engines can find the site. Or maybe you've been struggling to make your own website search engine friendly. Happily, there is light at the end of this particular tunnel. David Hollender will explain new ways that sites are getting found online. We'll also have a handout on the topic of Web content writing. Wine and other drinks will be available for purchase, along with nibbles. The meeting, of course, is free. Settle in for a great presentation and enjoy a little networking too.

The Business of Writing

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

This workshop covers all you need to set up as a freelance writer or editor. We will meet at a member's home in Silver Spring, Maryland over coffee and pastries to learn how to form an LLC (in DC, MD or VA), how to pay local/federal taxes, whether to incorporate, etc. We will have a speaker, but your input is also welcome! Please email the chapter coordinator, elizabeth_schwinn@yahoo.com, for the meeting address.

The Business of Writing

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Legal and financial information you need to set up as a freelance writer or editor. A speaker will cover whether and how to incorporate, how to pay federal and local taxes, and other issues. Pastries and coffee provided. We will meet in Silver Spring, Md. at a member's house--please contact me at elizabeth_schwinn@yahoo.com for the address.

Learn about writing jobs in the federal government

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Learn about writing jobs in the federal government

Learn about writing jobs in the federal government

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Learn about writing jobs in the federal government More information soon!

 

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