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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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Technical Communication Basics (NEW! Series of seven 90-minute webinars)

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Indexing Basics (Online)

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Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (2nd Session) (ONLINE)

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

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E-Editing: Editing in Word for PC (Online)

Copyediting: Beginning (ONLINE--2nd Session)

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

WordPress A To Z (WEBINAR Series)

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (FREE WEBINAR)

Copyright: Important Information for Freelance Editors (NEW! Webinar)

Enhance Your Website's Effectiveness (WEBINAR)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (2nd session) (ONLINE)

Copyediting: Advanced (ONLINE)

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (ONLINE)

Copyediting for Educational Publishers: Who, What, Where, How?

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

Beginner Combo Webinars (WEBINARS)

Freelancing 101 (WEBINAR)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (SELF-STUDY 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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

Technical Communication Basics (NEW! Series of seven 90-minute webinars)

March 15-April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon ET
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The program is a series of 90-minute webinars to introduce the basics of technical communication (TC) theory. It is designed in seven segments of lecture and discussion, allowing freelance writers to develop strategies to transition to technical communication projects.

  • March 15: Why TC writing differs from other types; review of punctuation and writing style rules for TC
  • March 22 and 29: Review of ten key rules of analysis used to understand and make editorial choices with TC content: being responsible, analyzing the audience, highlighting hazards, breaking it up, overcoming blind writing, achieving consistency, providing signposts, working with standards, using effective graphics, fighting fluff
  • April 5: Review of best practices for writing effective instructions, which are the most important form of TC content
  • April 12: Review of the role of design, layout, and organization (and how they differ for TC content). This is an integral part of producing or editing TC content
  • April 19: Review of planning and managing TC projects; understanding the different kinds of deliverables; working with clients
  • April 26: Review of applying the analysis rules to the review cycle; understanding the difference between proofreading and editing; resolving editorial conflict

Leah Guren is the owner/operator of Cow TC (http://www.cowtc.com). She has been active in the field of technical communication since 1980 as a writer, manager, and consultant. She now devotes her time to consulting on documentation content and usability, and teaching courses and workshops in technical communication internationally. Her clients include some of the top high-tech and biotech companies, including Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, RAD, Cisco, Given Imaging, and Rambam Medical Center. Leah is an internationally recognized speaker in the field of technical communication and is a Fellow in the Society of Technical Communication (STC).

EFA members $329 — nonmembers $399

Registration is closed for this class.

Indexing Basics (Online)

Taught by EFA's Author of A Guide for the Freelance Indexer

March 23-May 4 (7 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Have you thought about learning to index books? Do you index books but would like a refresher course? In this class, we will review the fundamentals and theory of indexing. Once those items are understood, we will put our new-found knowledge into practice by indexing a portion of a book.

Required text: We advise students to purchase the instructor's booklet in advance, A Freelancer's Guide to Indexing, available at http://the-efa.org/res/booklets.php#10.

Instructor April Michelle Davis is the chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and she has served as chair for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter of the American Society for Indexing. Prior to starting her company Editorial Inspirations in 2001, April Michelle Davis worked as an assistant editor at the National Society of Professional Engineers and a program assistant for the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Various degrees include a master of professional studies degree in publishing (2007) from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in English (2001) from Messiah College. In addition, she holds the following certificates: Editing (University of Virginia, 2003), book publishing (University of Virginia, 2003), and professional editing (EEI Communications, 2004).

“The assignments were a good way to actually learn how to index. Testing out the three index software programs was instructive as well.”
“I learned a lot. The instructor was very clear and thorough.”

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $194

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (2nd Session) (ONLINE)

March 27 to April 23 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

LEVEL: Beginning

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 beginning and intermediate levels of Developmental Editing.

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.

E-Editing: Editing in Word for PC (Online)

April 4 to April 28 (4 weeks)
Online Sakai

Editing manuscripts on a computer gives you access to many tools that make work faster and more accurate. This course will take you through Word's Track Changes feature and on to macros and plug-ins with a stop by the many alternative tools including advanced find and replace, wildcards, styles, and customizations that truly make the work fly.

Presented online, this course consists of emailed lessons with video demos and self-check exercises. Get feedback and troubleshooting from the instructor and work with the other students to find what works best for you and for your clients. The focus is on efficient editing, not on language or grammar.

To take this course, you should have a knowledge of:

  • file creation and management
  • menu options and navigation
  • mousing and keyboard navigation
  • basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting

You will need:

  • Word for PC (one of last 3 versions)
  • access to YouTube videos
  • email

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie has been teaching editors to master editing on-screen for six years. Publishers such as Pearson, McGraw, and HarperCollins are the mainstay of her 17-year-old freelance editing business. For her writing about editing, check Copyediting.com blog and the Right Angels and Polo Bears podcast.

“Taking the e-editing course has boosted my confidence in my existing skills and given me the direction I needed to explore more challenging skills. Thank you for the tailored course offering!”

EFA members $159 — nonmembers $179

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both E-editing I and II. This popular course has been revised, expanded and split. The first half is E-editing I: PDF Markup. To sign up for both parts at a discounted price, select the combo option.

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Copyediting: Beginning (ONLINE--2nd Session)

April 12-May 17 (6 weeks)
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

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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.

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WordPress A To Z (WEBINAR Series)

April 13, 27, May 4, 11, 3-4:15 pm ET (First Webinar is Free)
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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 75-minute webinars, the following topics will be demonstrated:

  1. WordPress at 10,000 Feet -April 13, 2017 (Sign up separately for this FREE webinar)
  2. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - April 27, 2017
  3. All About Blogging - May 4, 2017
  4. Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle - May 11, 2017

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 $117 — nonmembers $125

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WordPress at 10,000 Feet (FREE WEBINAR)

April 13, 3-4:15 p.m. ET (FREE 1st Webinar of Series)
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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 - April 13, 2017 (FREE)
  • In 3 additional 75-minute webinars, the following topics will be demonstrated:

    1. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - April 27, 2017
    2. All About Blogging - May 4, 2017
    3. Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle - May 11, 2017

    All webinars begin at 3-4:15 p.m. EST and are completed in 75 minutes.

    The first webinar is FREE! To sign up, Please register for WordPress at 10,000 Feet on Apr 13, 2017 3:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2620447750368358660 Sign up for the remaining 3 webinars in this 4-webinar series at a special cost of $117 (members)/$125 (nonmembers). Look for WordPress A to Z.

    Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus.

    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 websites.

    “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.

    Copyright: Important Information for Freelance Editors (NEW! Webinar)

    Apirl 18, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
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    This live 60-minute webinar is for editors who want to take a more informed approach on how to identify and address copyrighted content in their clients' works. It is intended to help editors know what they or their clients don't know about copyright compliance in the digital age. The webinar will address the topics below, which include common questions that the presenter routinely receives from editors.

    • 1. Some basics of U S copyright law.
    • 2. Important facts about the use of copyrighted works in the new digital environment.
    • 3. Delegating responsibilities regarding clearance of copyrighted works. Who is responsible: authors, editors, or publishers?
    • 4. Attribution: When is it enough and who and what determines the correct format?
    • 5. Some common myths regarding copyright.
    • 6. Relationship between copyright infringement and plagiarism and some consequences of each.
    • 7. Brief overview of the copyright permissions process.

    Following the presentation, attendees will receive directions on how they can receive free copies of two informational pamphlets: "Copyright myths that can get you into trouble" and "Blogging and staying legal: 16 tips on Terms of Use."

    Joyce Miller, the Copyright Detective®, is the co-owner of Integrated Writer Services, LLC, a publishing consulting service specializing in copyright clearance and copyright compliance. Joyce is a trainer and consultant to traditional and independent publishers and their support teams tasked with copyright compliance issues. She is a co-author of an award-winning book on copyright clearance, Copyright Clearance for Creatives, and an educator with over twenty-five years' experience in publishing, copyright clearance, and copyright compliance. She has served as an intellectual property manager, first for NASA's Classroom of the Future and later for the Center for Educational Technologies, NASA's principal research and development center for educational technologies.

    NOTE: There will be no recording of this webinar.

    EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

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    Enhance Your Website's Effectiveness (WEBINAR)

    April 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
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    They say it takes 10 seconds (maybe even less) to lose a potential client's interest. Maintaining client interest is even more critical in the 21st-century...there's so much more competition. Don't assume you've taken the key steps to ensuring your website stands out. Come take this class teaching Web 1.0 (and it's NOT about any imagery/content that's expensive to do)...then go back and compare your site against the class checklist.

    When Wendy Meyeroff, president of WM Medical Communications, Inc., started in journalism, her work with graphic designers made her well aware what could make the 'Net look good and read well. That's why over 20 years ago she was one of the first called upon to develop custom content (and later add the design as well) with clients that have included the NIH, Sears, Janssen Pharmaceutica, CBS, and (an award winner) Erickson Retirement Communities.

    EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

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    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (2nd session) (ONLINE)

    April 24 to May 21 (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 Combo for discounted price on beginning and intermediate levels of Developmental Editing of Fiction.

    » Register now!

    Copyediting: Advanced (ONLINE)

    April 25 to May 16 (4 weeks)
    Sakai

    This course is intended for the experienced editor who wants to strengthen basic skills and build on them to move toward working with more difficult and dense manuscripts, whether in fiction or nonfiction. Despite our limited time, we will look at both fiction and nonfiction works, keeping in mind that this is advanced copyediting, and should not be confused with developmental editing, or indeed any other type of editing.

    This course deals with a basic approach to working with manuscripts that are in need of more than a simple copyedit. In some cases, the problems may not be many but perhaps more subtle than what a copyeditor with limited experience might be able to identify or have the experience to deal with in a smooth way. Many novice copyeditors often miss what we would expect a more experienced editor to recognize as something in need of a fix and know how to fix it.

    The course, of four weeks in duration, addresses some of the more problematic issues for editors such as getting a feel for knowing the difference between editing for verbosity and recognizing good emphasis. We discuss working with authors and keeping a good relationship between editor and author. Review of parallelism, dangling modifiers, transitions, and other issues such as how to handle dialects in fiction will be discussed. We know that despite fiction having its own rules, so to speak, it is still important to know the rules before breaking them. In nonfiction, it is expected that an editor work at the level of formal Standard English and be able to deal with documentation.

    About the Instructor

    A freelance writer and editor for over twenty-five years, Barbara Magalnick has written and edited materials in fields as diverse as history, art history, medicine, law, literature, and language. Her publications include English by Television, English Reader, Brush Up Your English, Lawmaking in the United States, and Safe Conduct. She wrote Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication for EFA. Before launching her freelance career, she worked at several major publishing houses. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches in UC Berkeley's online certificate program for editors. Barbara is a member of The Authors Guild, a trustee of the Carnegie Fund for Authors, and a board member of EFA. She can be found at barbaramagalnick.com, as well as all the usual social media sites.

    Course Materials

    • Chicago Manual of Style. (16th ed.) 2010
    • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed). 2004 copyright or later
    • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (DEU) Not required but highly recommended
    • Sin and Syntax. Constance Hale. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2013.
    • The Copyeditor's Handbook. Amy Einsohn (3rd ed.) University of California Press, 2011
    • Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English. (3rd ed.) Patricia T. O'Conner. Riverhead Trade, 2009.

    EFA members $89 — nonmembers $99

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    Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (ONLINE)

    May 3 to May 24 (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

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    Copyediting for Educational Publishers: Who, What, Where, How?

    May 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
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    This webinar will provide an overview of copy editing within the educational publishing industry. It will also give an understanding of typical roles and responsibilities, tools to help enhance your job search, and a list of the best companies to apply to.

    Jamaal D. Pittman has over 10 years of professional copy editing experience, particularly in the educational publishing industry. He holds a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College. He has served as head judge for the Robinson Prize, presented annually by the American Copy Editors Society, for the past two years. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

    EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

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

    May 11, 18, 25
    Go to Webinar

    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

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    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

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    Freelancing 101 (WEBINAR)

    (Beginner)

    May 17, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
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    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 Communication Central conference. 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.

    “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

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

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    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

    May 21 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

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    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.

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    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

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    Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (SELF-STUDY ONLINE)

    New Self-Study Format with Webinars

    Continuous Enrollment (Enroll at any time and take up to 6 months to complete)
    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. Two recorded webinars are also included in the course materials.

    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

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    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

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    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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