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.
Editing for Visual Content (NEW! Online)
Designed for editors, this course is about directing and refining the content of visuals, not about using software to manipulate them. Visuals include graphics, charts, illustrations, diagrams, and photos. Sometimes, even words alone become a visual when they are subjected to artistic treatment and set apart from the narrative.
This course is participatory. In discussions with course-mates, we will explore questions about visuals and the challenges of applying visual communication principles to a broad range of products and work streams. Attendees should start collecting good and bad examples of visuals now for the class to discuss as a group.
There are no editing-industry standards for editing visual elements in the way that there are standards for copyediting or proofreading. There are different sorts of concerns and varying levels of refinement when it comes to evaluating visuals. We will discuss how to determine whether visuals contribute enough value to merit their expense, where they can aid understanding and communication, pitfalls of accuracy and communication to watch for, and quality assurance considerations.
Adrienne Montgomery is an experienced instructor, editor, computer support tech, and course designer. She has:
- run seminars on a variety of topics including editing, marketing, software use, and advanced first aid for fire and rescue personnel.
- taught computer use to hospital staff and the general public since 2002.
- designed courses to meet provincial and state standards in the maths and sciences since 1997.
- taught computer skills specifically for editing since 2012—these were geared toward different editorial tasks: structural editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
Visit Adrienne at her website www.catchthesun.net.
EFA members $99 — nonmembers $119Registration is closed for this class.
Choosing the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business (NEW! Webinar)
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 $49 — nonmembers $59Registration is closed for this class.
Freelancing for Nonprofits (NEW! Webinar)
December 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Not-for-profit organizations offer ways to freelance while doing good for society or a cause you believe in. Breaking into this market takes skills and experience common to most freelance editorial work, but also requires an understanding of the nonprofit sector.
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter has provided writing, editing, and publication production services to a variety of local and national nonprofit organizations, including AARP, the Girl Scouts, and organizations in genealogy architecture, the arts, heritage, medicine, alumni services, international relations, and more. She finds it immensely satisfying to get paid to provide editorial services to causes she believes in.
EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49Registration is closed for this class.
Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides (Webinar)
December 8, 3:00–5:00 pm ET
With so many options available, it can be difficult to navigate your way to self-publishing success. But if you want great results, you need to get real. You cannot just copy what the bestsellers are doing or upload your files and hope for the best—if you want to sell more than the 100-200 copy average where most indie books cap out, you need a plan designed for your type of book and your particular situation. You need to know about the unique opportunities and limitations of the industry that many indie authors don't discover until it's too late. This presentation will dually address how editorial professionals can better attract and serve self-publishing clients and also how they can publish their own digital and print books to boost their freelance business or to launch a writing career.
Instructor Ally E. Machate debuted “Self-Publishing From Both Sides” at the 2013 Communication Central conference. She has given presentations on writing and publishing at the Maryland Writers Conference, the League of Utah Writers Roundup, the Florida Writers Conference, the Bay to Ocean Writing Conference, the Federal Women's Training Program, and more. Until recently Ally also taught writing classes to adults at two local community colleges in their Lifelong Learning programs. Her talks and classes are informed by more than 14 years of experience working in the publishing industry, including acquiring and editing books for Touchstone Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has been a freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant full time since 2004 and has published articles on writing in such varied venues as The Writer magazine and the Writer's Digest Guide to Literary Agents 2009. Ally also ghostauthored nonfiction books including High Style (Chronicle Books, 10/08) and My Prevention Health Organizer (Prevention Books, 6/10). Her latest project, Way of the SEAL, for which she is the credited coauthor, was released from Reader's Digest Books in December 2013. You can find out more about Ally at www.ambitiousenterprises.com and www.allymachate.com.
“Ally's background in traditional publishing allowed her to give attendees a deep look into the publishing business. She encouraged us to think beyond the art of writing to the business of self-publishing. Ally was a lively, energetic speaker who captured my attention and gave me a lot of information to act on.” —Erin Brenner, owner, Right Touch Editing
EFA members $78 — nonmembers $88Registration is closed for this class.
Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Companion Webinars 1 and 2)
July 21, 7:00—8:30 p.m. ET; September 21, 7:00—8:30 p.m. ET
This webinar is a companion to the online self-study Developmental Editing of Nonfiction course. Enrollment is limited to those who are already registered for the online self-study course. Please register by sending an email to email@example.com.
EFA members $0 — nonmembers $0
These webinars are free to those who are taking Developmental Editing of Nonfiction.
Please follow the directions above to register for this free class.
Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Online)
New Self-Study Format with Webinars
Continuous Enrollment (Enroll at any time and take up to 6 months to complete)
Developmental Editing of Nonfiction is a new format—an online self-study class for editors interested in working with writers to develop their nonfiction articles and books. Typically, students have some experience with editing but haven't done much in the way of developmental editing and want an overview of the knowledge and skills involved. The eight lessons in this self-paced class cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in action, how to edit for the reader and the client, and more. The first half of the class focuses on short-length pieces. The second half focuses on book-length manuscripts. There is no instructor feedback for this course, though each lesson includes an answer key with a sample edit so that you can track your progress. The instructor also offers webinars about once a month to answer questions related to the developmental editing of nonfiction. The webinar schedule will be communicated to enrollees well ahead of each date. Webinars will also be recorded for those who cannot join a particular session.
NOTE: The course focuses on the craft of nonfiction developmental editing rather than the business of developmental editing.
Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.
Enroll in this class any time and take up to 6 months to complete the lessons. You may download lessons and resources for later use.
Please note that refunds cannot be given after you have registered.
EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199
Freelancing 101 (Webinar Recording)
Find out what it takes to jump-start your dream of living the freelance lifestyle: setting up and organizing, finding work, networking, using resources, getting paid, combating isolation, and more from an EFA colleague who's been there and done that, resulting in a successful freelance career for many years. Energize your freelance efforts with practical, upbeat insights into the joys and challenges of freelancing. (Even seasoned freelancers will garner new insights and useful suggestions.)
Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is the author of the EFA's "Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business"; author/publisher of "Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer"; and creator and host of the annual "Be a Better Freelancer" conference of Communication Central. She writes about and presents on freelancing for the Society for Technical Communication (STC), American Copy Editors Society (ACES), Writers and Books, Association of Independent Information Professionals, An American Editor blog, and more.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A RECORDING. Once you register, you will receive a link to ShareFile where you may download the video recording and the handout.
“The instructor had a firm command of the content; I felt that her previous and current experience as an editorial professional in a variety of different media qualified her to speak on the subjects presented. I was happy with the presentation style; Ruth seemed very down to earth and friendly, and I felt that her easygoing delivery made me feel as if I was having a casual and informative conversation with a friend.”
EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45
Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar Recording)
For Beginners--What to Consider in Starting Your Editing/Proofreading Business
Recording and Handout
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.
NOTE THAT THIS IS A RECORDING. After you register, you will receive a link to ShareFile where you can download the video recording and handout.
EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45
Websites for Freelancers (Webinar Recording)
For Beginners--the Basics
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.
NOTE: THIS IS A RECORDING. After you register, you will receive a link to ShareFile where you can download the video recording and handout.
EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45
[ back to top ]