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May 29, 2016 - 16:56 PM

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Session 2: 2016 Education Catalog

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Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)

[The registration period for this class has ended.]

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Online)

Visualize Your Story: An Instagram Workshop for Writers and Editors (NEW Webinar!)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Companion Webinars 1 and 2)

What You Need to Know to Get Your Website Off the Ground (NEW Webinar!)

Triage Editing (NEW Webinar!)

Proofreading (Online)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Online)

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (Online)

Copyediting: Beginning (Online)

Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (Online)

A Primer on Academic Editing (NEW Webinar!)

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Online)

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (Webinar)

WordPress A To Z (Webinar Series)

Copyediting: Intermediate (Online)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (Online)


Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)

For Beginners--What to Consider in Starting Your Editing/Proofreading Business

May 26, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar (With Closed Captioned Recording)

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 "Ruth's 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.

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)

For Beginners--the Basics

May 31, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
GoToWebinar (With Closed Caption Recording)

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 "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

» Register now!

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)
Online (Sakai)

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

» Register now!

Visualize Your Story: An Instagram Workshop for Writers and Editors (NEW Webinar!)

Webinar

July 12, 3:00-4:00 EDT
GoToWebinar

Instagram is home to 400 million people, including writers, editors, publishers, reviewers, and readers. This free webinar is an introduction to a six-week online class that's designed to help you feel confident about sharing your process, philosophy, and personality on Instagram: http://www.helloheidifiedler.com/workshops.

The one-hour webinar includes an introduction to Instagram basics, recommended hashtags for writers and editors, and steps you can take to connect with potential clients. If you've been intrigued about using Instagram to market your work, but feel intimidated about using such a visual platform, this free webinar will help you take the next steps you need to visually tell a story about your journey as a writer or editor.

Writer and editor Heidi Fiedler has worked on more than 300 books for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. She does the deep thinking that's needed to turn an idea into a book that has the power to spark our curiosity and make us all feel a little less alone. The books she creates are quirky, playful, highly visual, and often philosophical. After working in publishing for over ten years, she's excited to see her own picture books and chapter books making their way into the world. Learn more about Heidi and the work she does at http://www.helloheidifiedler.com.

This webinar is FREE! To sign up, email your name and preferred email address to education@the-efa.org.

EFA members $0 — nonmembers $0

Please follow the directions above to register for this free webinar.

Please follow the directions above to register for this free class.

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Companion Webinars 1 and 2)

WEBINAR

July 21, 7:00—8:30 p.m. ET; September 21, 7:00—8:30 p.m. ET
GoToWebinar

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 education@the-efa.org.

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.

What You Need to Know to Get Your Website Off the Ground (NEW Webinar!)

Webinar

July 17, 3:00-4:00 pm ET
GoToWebinar

You're not alone if you have questions about setting up a website, registering a domain name, or the best ways to use your domain with your email program. Many people struggle with these questions, and as a result, they never get a domain ours email with their domain name.

This one-hour webinar will answer the following questions and more:

  • Should I make a website or a blog? What's the difference anyway?
  • What should I use to make my website? Wordpress.com or the self-hosted version of WordPress (Wordpress.org)? What about using Blogger, Wix, SquareSpace, or Weebly? What are these programs and what are the benefits/drawbacks of each?
  • Where can I get a domain?
  • What is a web host? Do I even need one?
  • Should I use my email address, like me@gmail.com or should I use me@mydomain.com? Should I forward my domain email to gmail or an email program like Outlook or Mail? How do I do that?
  • Where can I get royalty free images for my site?
  • What does all this stuff cost?

This webinar is presented by Bud Kraus, Chief Education Officer of Joy of WP and a New York City veteran web design instructor who teaches WordPress, HTML, and CSS. He has led many webinars for the EFA, including his WordPress A to Z webinar series. He also assembles and manages WordPress sites for his clientele.

Additional information is available at: http://joyofwp.com/know-get-web-site-off-ground/.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

» Register now!

Triage Editing (NEW Webinar!)

August 10, 6:00-7:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

Triage Editing is about applying a deliberate editing approach to insane situations. Not every client and every task can get the same degree of attention. And not all errors are created equal. This webinar will help you craft your own criteria, plus cover what errors readers notice most.

Teresa Schmedding is the president of the American Copy Editors Society and managing editor of Rotary International. Her 25-year career has focused on digital innovation. She has a bachelors in journalism and masters in media management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

» Register now!

Proofreading (Online)

September 8–September 29 (4 weeks with last lesson on 9/29; last day of class 10/6)
Online (Sakai)

A proofreader's goal is to ensure that the material he or she is reviewing is 100% correct. This means that the art of proofreading often involves more than catching typos and fixing grammar and punctuation errors—it can also include reviewing numbers for accuracy, checking dates/figures and other fact-checking, looking for inconsistencies, ensuring audience-appropriate spelling and terminology, preparing style sheets or checking against a house style guide and, occasionally, light editing. (Note: Although we'll touch on editing, this course focuses mainly on proofreading.) So, whether you'll be proofreading your own copy, reviewing materials for others in your organization or providing proofreading services to clients, this five-week course will provide you with the tips and tricks you'll need, along with print/online reference resources, handy checklists, tips for working with clients, and ideas for managing project workflow. In addition, a portion of the final session will be customized to respond to the specific needs of course participants. Each week, participants will submit one proofreading exercise for feedback from the instructor.

To take this course, you will need:

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro, or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Access to at least one print or online dictionary, e.g., Merriam-Webster (free at m-w.com)

You should be comfortable with:

  • File creation and management in Acrobat

Suggested reading:

  • The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn
  • McGraw-Hill's Proofreading Handbook by Laura Anderson
  • The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders by K.D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston
  • Mark My Words: Instruction and Practice in Proofreading, by Peggy Smith

Instructor's note: You don't need to read all of these books (and some of them could be challenging to find). However, they're all excellent resources, especially if proofreading is your main career focus.

Instructor Sharon McInnis, the owner of ProofingQueen, has been providing proofreading and fact-checking services to a wide range of clients for over 15 years. Recognized by clients as expert and tenacious proofreaders, Sharon and her colleagues have reviewed thousands of files from three-word billboards, two-page flyers and single-page ads to 40-page consumer magazines to 100-page annual reports and 5,000-page environmental studies.

“Thoroughness of content was excellent; worth the price of the course all by itself in my opinion. Clarity was very good.”
“Content exceeded my expectations. The range of subjects from basic definitions to examples of how the instructor interacts with her clients in real life were invaluable.”

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Online)

September 12—October 9 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction is an online class for editors interested in working with novelists to develop their work. If you have some experience with editing but haven't worked with fiction, then this is the class for you. We'll cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in fiction (for example, the specific problems and judgments calls you run into with fiction), and working effectively with novelists.

NOTE: The course has been revised to focus on the craft of developmental editing rather than the business of developmental editing. It includes bonus material on finding clients, but that is not the focus of the class.

Week 1. Overview of developmental editor functions—what DE is and isn't. Qualities and characteristics of a good DE. Assignment: Constructing diplomatic queries.

Week 2. Developing your DE eye. We'll cover specific problems and judgment calls particular to fiction and get into the meat of the work that helps a writer go from good to great, focusing on problems such as info-dumping, starting the novel in the wrong place, head-hopping, and more. Assignment: Balancing big-picture problems with sentence-level errors.

Week 3: Identifying structural problems. In this week we'll look at issues that can develop when something is wrong with the overall narrative arc, including problems with conflict and motivation. Assignment: Provide a developmental edit on a sample chapter.

Week 4. Working effectively with novelists—how to be a DE and not an unwelcome coauthor. Assignment: Create a revision letter for a project that outlines your suggestions for how a writer should tackle a needed rewrite.

Bonus material. Finding clients. We'll cover how to identify your most likely areas of opportunity and how to connect with potential clients.

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.


“This was a good beginner course with good insights and examples—and great feedback.”

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

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

See Developmental Editing Combo for discounted price on the three courses in developmental editing.

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (Online)

Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction

September 12—November 6
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.

» Register now!

Copyediting: Beginning (Online)

Wednesday, September 14-October 19 (6 weeks of lessons; last day of actual class 10/26)
Online (Sakai)

This 6-week online course is an introduction to Copyediting. Participants should know basic grammar and punctuation and be able to use Microsoft Word, including track changes. (The course does not teach Word skills.) Assignments must be submitted in Word. Students will learn the basic concepts and skills of copy editing, using Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook.

The course will cover the following basics:

  • Week 1
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Levels of editing and types of editors
  • Editorial process
  • Editing checklist
  • Handy keystrokes (for Mac and PC)
  • Week 2
  • Assessing and prepping the manuscript
  • Working with track changes and find and replace
  • Copyediting terms and symbols
  • Week 3
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Week 4
  • Style guides, style sheets
  • Other reference guides
  • Week 5
  • Fact-checking
  • Querying
  • Week 6
  • Editing quoted material
  • Editing figures, tables, and other visual elements
  • Checking table of contents
  • Wrap-up

Required texts:

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

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!

Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (Online)

September 14–December 14
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.

» Register now!

A Primer on Academic Editing (NEW Webinar!)

Webinar

September 29, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

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 will provide insight into the world of academic writing and writers and offer up a few tricks to help editors tackle scholarly work with confidence.

The webinar will address:

  • 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!

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)

October 3—October 28 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

The creative process can get messy for writers—and editors. It can be challenging to edit a book that's filled with emotional and logistical gaps in logic, dropped storylines, and underdeveloped characters. A book map is an overview of a book that helps editors analyze a manuscript, chapter by chapter and scene by scene. It's a powerful way to get the distance you need to see a book the way a reader will and edit a book at any stage of the creative process. In this class, you'll learn how to:

  • create a book map for picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, YA, and adult novels
  • diagnose and solve problems regarding plot, character development, theme, and more
  • use the book mapping process throughout the development of the book

This class is for any editor who is new to editing fiction or is struggling to analyze a manuscript during the developmental stage.

The class will take roughly 2 hours of your time most weeks, but during the third and fourth week, you may wish to spend many more hours practicing the book mapping technique on a full manuscript.

You will be asked to find a fiction manuscript you can work on during the class. It can be an old manuscript you worked on for a client, your own work, something that's in progress, or even a published book if needed, just something that you can dig into and try the techniques with.

Your instructor Heidi Fiedler has mended books, sold books, bought books, created, packaged, and devoured books. With over ten years' experience in publishing, she has written and edited more than 300 books for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. Her credits include 180 nonfiction books in partnership with Time for Kids, 90 picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, plus a wide variety of activity books, and arts and crafts books. You can learn more about her work and the services she offers at www.helloheidifiedler.com.


"The instructor's 'extra' material on business development was valuable, thorough, and worth the entire price of the class. It would make a great class in and of itself. I have already recommended this class on that basis alone."

"Heidi's manner is very encouraging and positive. She thinks about things in a systematic, problem-solving manner, which is what I needed to understand more about developmental editing and book mapping."

"Heidi delivers manuscript mapping and more with the engaged heart of "your favorite teacher" yet has the eagle eye and insight of a skilled editor. She created a stimulating environment for beginners through experienced editors. Loved the forum chats."

EFA members $99 — nonmembers $109

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Online)

October 10—November 6 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction is an online class for editors interested in working with novelists to develop their work. This class is meant for editors who have done some fiction editing and are interested in honing their skills further. It is not intended for beginning editors. We'll cover the more in-depth concerns of developmental editing, diving deeper into issues like perspective, subtext, and voice. We'll cover issues that crop up often: intensive developmental editing, editing experienced authors, and working with manuscripts that need a combination of developmental editing and copyediting.

Week 1. Review of DE functions and exploration of voice and subtext. We'll start with a brief review of the skills a good DE possesses and how to convey information through diplomatic queries and clear revision letters, then go right into an exploration of how to help an author develop her voice. We'll also get into more esoteric questions—how can we help authors use subtlety and subtext to convey information, action, and emotion? What the author leaves out can be as telling as what she puts in. Assignment: Performing a DE that solves plot problems without rewriting the author's voice.

Week 2. Going deep. In this week, we'll discuss how to solve problems that result from the author's unwillingness or inability to go beyond the surface. For example, how to edit a writer who thinks—her heart hammered—is an effective way to communicate fear. We'll dig deep into perspective and world-building (both of which can create show-don't-tell problems). Assignment: Perform a DE that helps the author go deeper into perspective.

Week 3: Scene by scene. In this week, we'll step back and look at how everything hangs together (or doesn't) in a novel, dealing with the interplay of motivation, conflict, character development, and narrative arc. We'll discuss what to do when a piece shows promise but has multiple problems, all of which negatively affect the work. We'll cover how (and when) to provide an intensive developmental edit and what it means to prioritize edits. Assignment: Perform an intensive DE on a sample chapter.

Week 4. Working with the experienced novelist. In this week, we'll discuss how to help an author who doesn't make obvious beginner errors develop her writing. And we'll cover what to do when an author needs a developmental edit and a copyedit rolled into one. Assignment: Do a DE on a sample chapter that does not have obvious errors but still has room to go from good to great.

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.


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

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Fiction.

» Register now!

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (Webinar)

October 18 (FREE 1st Webinar of Series) 3—4 pm ET
GoToWebinar

Thinking of learning WordPress? The EFA and New York City web design instructor Bud Kraus have the solution for you! Get started with WordPress and master its power as a web site–making tool.

  • WordPress at 10,000 Feet - October 18, 2016 (FREE)
  • In 3 additional 1-hour webinars, the following topics will be demonstrated:

    1. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - February 25, 2016
    2. All About Blogging - March 3, 2016
    3. Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle - March 10, 2016

    All webinars begin at 3 pm EST and are completed in 1 hour.

    The first webinar is FREE! To sign up, email your name and preferred email address to education@the-efa.org. Sign up for the remaining 3 webinars in this 4-webinar series at a special cost of $96. Look for WordPress A to Z.

    Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 50 minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q & A.

    Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

    All webinars are recorded so you can review what was covered at your convenience.

    For additional details see http://joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa or contact Bud at bud@joyofwp.com.

    Bud Kraus teaches WordPress, HTML, and CSS online and in New York City classrooms. He also consults and works on client WordPress web sites.

    “The instructor was excellent. His knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm created a very positive learning environment.’

    EFA members $0 — nonmembers $0

    Please follow the directions above to register for this free class.

    WordPress A To Z (Webinar Series)

    October 18 and 25; November 1 and 8 (4-week webinar series; first is FREE) 3-4 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    Thinking of learning WordPress? The EFA and New York City web design instructor Bud Kraus have the solution for you! Get started with WordPress and master its power as a web site&endash;making tool.

    In four 1-hour webinars, the following topics will be demonstrated:

    1. WordPress at 10,000 Feet - October 18, 2016 (Sign up separately for this FREE webinar)
    2. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - October 25, 2016
    3. All About Blogging - November 1, 2016
    4. Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle - November 8, 2016

    All webinars begin at 3 pm EST and are completed in 1 hour.

    The first webinar on October 18 is FREE! See the directions on the WordPress at 10,000 Feet description to sign up for the Free Webinar. Pay only for 3 webinars in this 4-webinar series at a special cost of $96.

    Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 50 minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q & A.

    Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

    All webinars are recorded so you can review what was covered at your convenience.

    For additional details see http://joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa or contact Bud at bud@joyofwp.com.

    Bud Kraus teaches WordPress, HTML, and CSS online and in New York City classrooms. He also consults and works on client WordPress web sites.

    “The instructor was excellent. His knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm created a very positive learning environment.’

    EFA members $96 — nonmembers $106

    » Register now!

    Copyediting: Intermediate (Online)

    Wednesdays, November 2–December 7 (6 weeks of lessons; class ends 12/14)
    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!

    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (Online)

    November 7—December 11 (4 weeks; Thanksgiving week off)
    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 for 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

    See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Fiction.

    » Register now!

     

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