Editorial Freelancers Association



May 25, 2017 - 23:48 PM

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Session 1: 2017 Education Catalog

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Advance registration is required for EFA courses, which are open to EFA members and nonmembers. Be sure to register 2 or more days before the start of a program. Earlier registration is recommended to avoid missing out.

Registration for webinars and online courses closes 2 business days before the start date. Note that we cannot accommodate late registrations.

Please register with the email address you will use to receive course messages.

If you are paying for a student other than yourself, have them log in and register with their own EFA account (Member or Guest), and you will have an opportunity to enter your billing information on a subsequent screen.

For more information on registration, see the registration form.

* For information on how EFA's online courses and webinars are conducted, see the Education Program page.

Please contact education AT the-efa.org with questions before the course start date.

Piggy Bank Promotions: Marketing Your Biz on a Shoestring (NEW! WEBINAR)

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Succeeding as a Magazine Writer: $$$ and More (NEW! ONLINE)

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Publish a High-Quality Book That Sells (NEW! WEBINAR)

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Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (2nd Session) (ONLINE)

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Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

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Macros for Editing in Word 365--Intermediate (NEW! 3-Part Webinar Series)

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Beginner Combo Webinars (WEBINARS)

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Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

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Navigate Book Publishing Like a Pro (NEW! WEBINAR)

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Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

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Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

Copyediting: Intermediate 2nd session (ONLINE)

S-Corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor? What's the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business? (WEBINAR RECORDING)

A Primer on Academic Editing (WEBINAR RECORDING)


Piggy Bank Promotions: Marketing Your Biz on a Shoestring (NEW! WEBINAR)

CANCELED

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Lots of dollars don't automatically mean good marketing. (Think of all the TV commercials you hate!) If you think as a small business owner you can't gain great recognition, think again. What are the options? How do you determine what works best for you? Are you utilizing everything you can? These and other questions lead to a good overview on truly attracting attention...without busting your biz budget.

Wendy Meyeroff, president of WM Medical Communications, Inc., was the host of the weekly "Piggy Bank Promotions," BlogTalkRadio show for about four years, and created/chaired "Don't Forget Radio!" at one of the national journalism conferences. She's been a health writer/marketing strategist in the U.S. and beyond for over 20 years.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

Registration is closed for this class.

Succeeding as a Magazine Writer: $$$ and More (NEW! ONLINE)

CANCELED

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Whether it's print or online, whether you're seeking to earn real money, gain publicity, or get your words out for fun, there are skills that can help YOUR articles get attention over others'. This is not about how to write. (No grammar or spelling tests!) It's about the business side of this industry, like how to properly target your audience, understand certain contract verbiage and even recycle your work.

Wendy Meyeroff, president of WM Medical Communications, Inc. started as a reporter/editor for health professionals and—with 20+ years experience—is nationally/internationally renowned for health writing and marketing strategies for clients in the U.S. and beyond.

EFA members $169 — nonmembers $189

Registration is closed for this class.

Publish a High-Quality Book That Sells (NEW! WEBINAR)

CANCELED

GoToWebinar

Publishing a book takes more than just good writing. You also need market savvy, professionalism, and drive. In this webinar, veteran editor and award-winning author Katherine Pickett offers the inside scoop on how you can improve your market savvy and craft a more marketable manuscript. You'll get practical advice on how to research your competition, define your target market, and solidify your marketing hook. You will also explore the stages of book production, meet the publishing professionals you will be working with, and understand your role in the process. Plus, find out how you can save time and money throughout the book publishing endeavor.

Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, LLC (http://www.POPediting.net), and the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Through POP she offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. She is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and past president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association. As a speaker and workshop leader, Katherine has been educating writers and indie publishers about the book publishing industry since 2010. You can find her blog at http://www.thePOPnewsletter.com.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (2nd Session) (ONLINE)

Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction

March 27 to May 21
Online (Sakai)

See individual course descriptions: Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction, Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction


“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $286 — nonmembers $318

Price reflects a 20% discount.

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

April 12-July 19
Online (Sakai)

See the individual descriptions for Copyediting: Beginner Level and Copyediting: Intermediate Level.

EFA members $238 — nonmembers $270

DISCOUNT of 20% for those who sign up for both levels of Copyediting.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Macros for Editing in Word 365--Intermediate (NEW! 3-Part Webinar Series)

May 11, 18, 25; 12-1 p.m. ET
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Macros can help you tame Word and automate many editing functions for faster, more precise copyediting. This webinar will give you a kick start to using macros in Word 365: recording and cutting & pasting. You'll gain an understanding of macros and learn how to customize them and use wildcards.

Included are written lessons and video demonstrations. Both Mac and PC versions of Word 365 will be covered.

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie is an experienced instructor, editor, computer support tech, and course designer. What's more she's a blast and will bring humor to macros! Visit her website Right Angels and Polo Bears at blog.catchthesun.net.

“I know I'm in a profession I love when I'm so excited about some aspect of it that this is all I can talk about over pre-dinner cocktails with friends. (And yes, they pretended to be as excited, well, at least for a few minutes). Why am I so thrilled? This class! I've been intimidated to use wildcards and macros since the first day I learned those words.after Adrienne's lessons, I attempted the Polo Bear macro, and much to my happiness, after typing in my own troublesome words, bam! It worked on a client's project. Then I wrote my own little macro to do some file clean up. It worked, too. Yippee! And then, oh my gosh, I tried that little trick of replacing "xx" in autocorrect with an oft typed author query. That one alone must have saved me half an hour today.”

EFA members $159 — nonmembers $179

Registration is closed for this class.

Beginner Combo Webinars (WEBINARS)

Freelancing 101, Websites for Freelancers, Basics of Editing and Proofreading

A special combo price for those wanting to take the three webinars.

EFA members $94 — nonmembers $108

20% discount to those who take the 3 beginner webinars

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

May 22 to June 18 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

In Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction, we'll be focusing on doing a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on. If you prefer to use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client's project or a friend's work), that's fine. The class material does not focus on the specifics of the class manuscript (some of the discussion on the forum may do so). In this four-week class, we'll focus on reviewing the principles of developmental editing, making an editorial plan, providing an appropriate critique, and more. But the main thrust of the work will be your editing an actual manuscript and having the instructor guide those edits.

In this class, feedback regarding your edits will be one-on-one, but everyone is free to share ideas, questions, comments, and concerns on the forum.

NOTE: The course is available only to those who have already taken Developmental Editing of Fiction Intermediate.


“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

Registration is closed for this class.

Navigate Book Publishing Like a Pro (NEW! WEBINAR)

Avoiding the Potholes on the Road to Publication

May 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
GoToWebinar

Publishing a book takes more than just good writing. You also need market savvy, professionalism, and drive. In this webinar, veteran editor and award-winning author Katherine Pickett offers the inside scoop on how you can improve your market savvy and craft a more marketable manuscript. You'll get practical advice on how to research your competition, define your target market, and solidify your marketing hook. You will also explore the stages of book production, meet the publishing professionals you will be working with, and understand your role in the process. Plus, find out how you can save time and money throughout the book publishing endeavor.

Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, LLC (http://www.POPediting.net), and the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Through POP she offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. She is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and past president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association. As a speaker and workshop leader, Katherine has been educating writers and indie publishers about the book publishing industry since 2010. You can find her blog at http://www.thePOPnewsletter.com.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

(For Beginners)

May 25, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
GoToWebinar

Being a talented freelance writer, editor, proofreader or other editorial professional is not enough to get clients these days. You also have to get noticed on the World Wide Web, and that means having your own website. Get tips on why writers should have websites, how to get a site started, whether and how to find and use templates, costs, crafting "content" that gets noticed, finding and working with designers, and developing an effective design that will help attract readers and publishers to your work. Examples will include sites that illustrate both what to do and what not to do. Note: This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter maintains and updates her own website and has created, revamped or updates/maintains sites for several clients. She has written about and presented on this topic for the EFA, STC, Writers and Books, ACES and other professional organizations.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

See "Beginner Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

(Beginners)

May 30, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
GoToWebinar

If you're one of those people with strong skills in grammar and a sharp eye for typographical errors and clunky writing who is interested in working as an editor or proofreader, or if you want to improve your understanding of basic editing and proofreading skills and processes, this class is for you. Topics include necessary skills and characteristics, marks and symbols, important style manuals, editing vs. proofreading, levels of editing, using Microsoft Word and Acrobat/PDFs, and working effectively with clients and colleagues. You will also expand your files of helpful resources, including publications, organizations and more. This practical overview is applicable to both freelance and in-house colleagues. Please note that it is NOT a skills course in editing and proofreading.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provides editing and proofreading services to a wide variety of clients, from magazines and newsletters to law, marketing and PR firms; websites; individuals; and businesses large and small. She has presented this class for the EFA, STC, Writers and Books, ACES, and other professional organizations.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

See "Beginner Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

» Register now!

Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

June 7 to July 19 (6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This 6-week online course in Copyediting assumes that participants have a basic knowledge of copyediting skills and are interested in honing their skills in querying, preserving author voice and style, and advanced grammar points (wordiness, sentence structure, parallelism, common writing flaws). Students will also learn how to be flexible and even "break the rules."

Required readings will be from the following texts:

  • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
  • Carol Saller's The Subversive Copyeditor

Instructor Lourdes Venard is founder of Comma Sense Editing (http://www.commonsense.net), which provides services to individual authors and businesses. She has 30 years of writing and editing experience, including at major newspapers Newsday, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post. She also teaches copyediting through an online course at the University of California, San Diego, and is active in the American Copy Editors Society, having served as a scholarship judge for 11 years.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting: Intermediate 2nd session (ONLINE)

June 7-July 19 (6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This 6-week online course in Copyediting assumes that participants have a basic knowledge of copyediting skills and are interested in honing their skills in querying, preserving author voice and style, and advanced grammar points (wordiness, sentence structure, parallelism, common writing flaws). Students will also learn how to be flexible and even "break the rules."

Required readings will be from the following texts:

  • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
  • Carol Saller's The Subversive Copyeditor

Instructor Lourdes Venard is founder of Comma Sense Editing (http://www.commonsense.net), which provides services to individual authors and businesses. She has 30 years of writing and editing experience, including at major newspapers Newsday, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post. She also teaches copyediting through an online course at the University of California, San Diego, and is active in the American Copy Editors Society, having served as a scholarship judge for 11 years.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

» Register now!

S-Corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor? What's the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business? (WEBINAR RECORDING)

Available anytime
GoToWebinar RECORDING

Freelancers need to make plenty of complex decisions about how to organize their business. One important decision is whether to operate as a sole proprietor or form a legal entity, such as a limited liability company, to house the new business. Legal entities can shelter personal assets against lawsuits arising from a business, but they also come with additional costs. The goal of this webinar is to provide freelancers with a firm basis for making the right decision in this sometimes confusing and always technical arena.

This webinar will cover the most common business types for freelancers (sole proprietorship, limited liability company, S corporation). We'll discuss the basic structure of each business form, the mechanics of their formation and maintenance (with examples), and the potential costs. The webinar will also address the kinds of legal risks that freelancers face and how forming a business entity can help manage those risks. There will be ample opportunity for questions.

Alex Bennett is a freelance editor and California attorney with over 15 years in the legal field, mostly in corporate law. Before changing careers to focus on editing in 2016, Alex worked in-house at a renewable energy company, where he managed the company's global portfolio of legal entities. He holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

» Register now!

A Primer on Academic Editing (WEBINAR RECORDING)

Recording--Any time
SAKAI

Many opportunities exist to work with academic writers and publications, but editors who lack multiple advanced degrees sometimes hesitate, wondering if they have anything to offer a scholarly writer. Or they may shy away because they find academic writing exasperating and mystifying. This webinar recording provides insight into the world of academic writing and writers and offers up a few tricks to help editors tackle scholarly work with confidence.

The webinar recording addresses:

  • How is academic writing/editing different from other types of writing/editing?
  • Why do academics write the way they do?
  • What should editors do when working with academic materials?
  • What should editors NOT do?
  • What should you know to get started?
  • Where can you look for academic editing work?

Presenter Tammy Ditmore, of eDitmore Editorial Services, successfully transitioned from editing for daily newspapers to proofreading articles for scholarly journals without spending a minute in grad school. Much of her work in the past two decades has been with academic writers and publishers, including Sage Publications, Baylor University Press, and Pepperdine University. In addition, Tammy's English-professor husband provides her up-close and personal glimpses into the often-mysterious workings of an academic mind. More information about Tammy and her work is available on her website at http://www.editmore.com.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

» Register now!

 

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