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Spring 2016 Education Catalog

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Advance registration is always required for EFA courses, to which nonmembers as well as members are welcome. Be sure to register early to avoid missing out.

Registration for webinars closes 1 business day before the webinar takes place. Registration for online courses closes 2 business days before the start date of the course. Note that we cannot accommodate late registrations.

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

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Online)   

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Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (Online)   

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How to Avoid Red-Flag, Headache, and Deadbeat Clients (Webinar)   

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WordPress A To Z (Webinar Series)   

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (Webinar)   

Proofreading (Online)   

Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides (Webinar)   

Copyediting: Intermediate (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (Online)   


Scroll down for details on any of these classes and to register for open classes.

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Online)

February 1—February 22 (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 $149 — nonmembers $169

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

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (Online)

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction

February 1—May 9
Online (Sakai)

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


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

EFA members $358 — nonmembers $406

Price reflects a 20% discount.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

How to Avoid Red-Flag, Headache, and Deadbeat Clients (Webinar)

February 2, 1-2 pm ET
GoToWebinar

You've got a hot potential new project in the pipeline—but you also need to verify it's the right kind of business and client. In "How To Avoid Red-Flag, Headache, & Deadbeat Clients," instructor Jake Poinier will help you develop a process to identify possible issues when screening prospects. Webinar topics include the following (and more!):

  • What to look for in a prospective client's online presence
  • The key questions to ask in a first meeting—and what the answers tell you
  • Strategic tips to identify serious prospects and eliminate looky-loos
  • Why pinning down deposits and budgets isn't just about the money

If you ignore warning signs early on, you'll almost always pay for it later. This webinar outlines the steps you can use to protect your business and set yourself up for better long-term relationships.

Note: If you have a specific question you'd like to have answered during the session, please email Jake at doc@DoctorFreelance.com.

Instructor Jake "Dr. Freelance" Poinier is the author of The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting Paid and The Smooth-Sailing Freelancer. As a freelance writer and editor since 1999, Jake's clients have included companies such as AT&T, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, National Speakers Association, Henkel, and UPS. He blogs regularly on freelance topics at http://DoctorFreelance.com and has been a member of EFA since 2009.

“Really enjoyed the webinar. I spent much of yesterday researching and sending marketing emails. I got several positive replies back quickly, so I must be doing something right.’
“I just listened to your webinar on referrals and want to say thank you for explaining how to go through the process without feeling phony. I'll make this a natural part of my business from now on!’

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

WordPress A To Z (Webinar Series)

February 18 and 25; March 3 and March 10 (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 - February 18, 2016 (Sign up separately for this FREE webinar)
  2. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - February 25, 2016
  3. All About Blogging - March 3, 2016
  4. 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 on February 18 is FREE! 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!

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (Webinar)

February 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 - February 18, 2016 (FREE)
  • SIGN UP DIRECTLY WITH GOTOWEBINAR at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8750194281024544769.

    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.

    Proofreading (Online)

    February 24-March 16 (4 weeks)
    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 $109 — nonmembers $119

    Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

    Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides (Webinar)

    February 25, 3:00–5:00 pm ET
    Webinar (GoToWebinar)

    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.

    Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to help others reach their publishing goals, whether it's showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish, or ghostwriting a book to help an entrepreneur skyrocket her business platform to new levels. Since 1999, she has assisted, guided, and supported would-be authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books' best ally. Grab Ally's free gifts and learn more at http://www.thewritersally.com or http://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 $69 — nonmembers $79

    » Register now!

    Copyediting: Intermediate (Online)

    Wednesday, March 2-April 6 (5 weeks of class)
    Online (Sakai)

    This 5-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 $129 — nonmembers $149

    Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Online)

    March 7—March 28 (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 $149 — nonmembers $169

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

    » Register now!

    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (Online)

    April 11—May 2 (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 for Fiction Intermediate.


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

    EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

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

    » Register now!

     

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