Editorial Freelancers Association



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Session 1: 2007 Education Catalog Archive

Online Marketing

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Grammar for Writers and Editors

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing

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Children's Writing Workshop

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Pricing Strategies for Freelancers

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Succeeding as a Magazine Writer

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Indexing Basics

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AMA Style for Beginners

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Online Marketing

Online, Back By Request

Mondays, March 5 – 26 (four sessions)

In this always-popular online course, you will learn how to make the most of basic online marketing tools, including websites, e-mail marketing, and online directories. You will also learn how to integrate these tools into your life in a way that brings to your door the clients you most want to work with. Course topics include

  • overview of online marketing tools
  • e-mail marketing essentials
  • website basics
  • creating a one-page marketing plan

Instructor Ilise Benun is a national speaker and the author of several books, including Stop Pushing Me Around: A Workplace Guide for the Timid, Shy and Less Assertive; Public Relations for Dummies, 2nd edition; Self-Promotion Online; and Designing Websites:// for Every Audience. She is the founder of Marketing Mentor and works closely with small business owners to grow their businesses. She has been featured in national publications such as The New York Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Inc., Essence, and Working Woman. Ilise can be found on the Web at www.marketing-mentor.com.

One former participant told EFA that "the class was so interesting — and the discussions and feedback were so useful — that I didn't want it to end."

EFA members $95 — nonmembers $115

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Grammar for Writers and Editors

Online, Back By Request

Fridays, March 9 – 30 (four sessions)

A communication stopper is a grammatical blunder that snaps the bond of understanding between writer and reader. This course focuses on some common communication stoppers, and by the end of the course, you will have learned to recognize and avoid them. Topics include

  • the never-ending sentence
  • confusable words
  • the comma and semicolon
  • the dangling participle
  • the misplaced modifier
  • incorrect constructions

Instructor Irene Davis is an award-winning freelance writer and editorial consultant, and Professional Member of Periodical Writers Association of Canada. She has published an eclectic assortment of articles, ranging from personal essays to a grandparenting column to interview and research-based stories. Irene teaches Grammar for Writers and Editors for EFA and an online writing school. She has also taught Grammar Review and Vocabulary Enrichment courses for the Learning Annex and has worked as a longtime volunteer tutor with an adult literacy program.

One past participant said, "The instructor was wonderful! She had a thorough understanding of the course content. She answered all my questions … and made helpful and creative suggestions." Another told us, "It was well organized and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it."

EFA members $95 — nonmembers $115

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing

Back By Request

Saturday, March 10, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Whether you are a writer, editor, indexer, graphic designer — you name it — you will find out how to jump-start your dream of living the freelance lifestyle with tips on setting up and organizing, finding work, networking, using resources, getting paid, combating isolation, and more. Energize your business with practical, upbeat insights into the joys and challenges of editorial freelancing. Even seasoned freelancers will garner new insights and useful suggestions.

Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter has been a full-time editorial freelancer since 1984. She has been published locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; she desktop-produces newsletters for businesses, associations, and not-for-profits; and she does proofreading and editing for a variety of clients. Ruth's freelancing seminars have been popular with EFA, Washington Independent Writers, the National Press Club, National Writers Union/DC Local, and other groups. Visit Ruth's website at www.writerruth.com.

One of last year's attendees called the workshop "fun and full of good energy." Another said, "Besides being lively and informative, it was very grounding."

EFA members $80 — nonmembers $100

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Children's Writing Workshop

Online, NEW

Wednesdays, March 21 – April 18 (five sessions)

Participants will explore the craft of writing for children through reflection, journaling, and focused writing exercises designed to foster creativity and facilitate the process of writing for young readers. Assignments include readings, group discussions, and the completion of one short, polished writing sample. Come ready to share ideas, hone your writing skills, give and receive meaningful, supportive feedback, and have a good time!

Instructor Lisa L. Owens is a freelance writer-editor specializing in creating books and educational materials for the children's market. To date she has edited more than a hundred children's books and authored more than fifty-five. Recently, Children's Bookwatch said that "no school or community library should be without" Lisa's new graphic novels Black Beauty and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She has taught several writing and editing courses, including EFA's Writing Children's Books: A Primer. Her author site is www.llowens.com.

EFA members $90 — nonmembers $110

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Pricing Strategies for Freelancers

Online, Always In Demand

Tuesdays and Fridays, April 17 – May 18 (ten sessions)

This online adaptation of EFA's popular daylong workshop Pricing … and Pizza covers what every freelancer needs to know about setting and evaluating rates. You will learn the pros and cons of different pricing methods; logging techniques that help freelancers set flat fees; negotiating strategies; and ways to analyze actual income and raise rates. This is an interactive course, so please sign up only if you plan to participate in online discussions.

Instructor Laurie Lewis is the author of What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants. She has been a freelance medical writer and editor for more than twenty years and has taught many courses for EFA.

One past participant said, "The instructor understood her material well and was excellent at addressing individual questions and concerns." Another told us, "The material was clear and meaningful. I would definitely recommend it to other freelancers."

EFA members $120 — nonmembers $150

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Succeeding as a Magazine Writer

Online, Back By Request

Thursdays, April 19 – May 24 (six sessions)

Don't take this online course if you're looking for instructions on how to write. This class is about how to see your work PUBLISHED in magazines — and how to get paid well for it. Session topics include

  • finding, and writing for, magazines you've never heard of (and why it's a good idea)
  • breaking into the "big guys"
  • different kinds of formats
  • getting paid decently
  • when NOT to take an assignment
  • enhancing your bank balance by recycling stories

Instructor Wendy Meyeroff started in the early 1980s as a reporter, then an editor, in trade magazines for health professionals. She established her own business, WM Medical Communications, in 1988. Through that business she has written newsletters, press kits, Web content, and much more, but her greatest love is always magazine work. Among her credentials are many trade magazines and consumer publications such as Family Circle, Woman's Day, Arthritis Today, Woman's World, and Cornell Women's Health Advisor. She is currently the senior health writer for the nationally published newspaper for seniors, The Erickson Tribune, and she was one of the first print writers to take her expertise to Web content, writing health features for CBSHealthwatch.com and Kidshealth.org.

One past participant raved, "I thought it was perfect. I wouldn't change a thing. It covered just about everything I can think of that I wanted to know."

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $120

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Indexing Basics

Online, NEW

Wednesdays, May 2 – May 23 (four sessions)

This informational online course will provide participants with a broad overview of "back-of-the-book" print indexing fundamentals and help any interested freelancer answer the question, "Do I want to try my hand at indexing?" Topics include

  • what indexing IS vs. what indexing IS NOT
  • knowledge set, skills, and educational frameworks required of an indexer
  • indexing software
  • thoughts on the business of indexing (including some legal considerations)
  • basic indexing procedures and methods

Instructor Lynne M. Grimes is a seasoned (more than twenty-nine years' experience) freelance indexer, editor, and proofreader specializing in medical, scientific, technical, and academic content. She has written literally hundreds of published indexes. Prior to taking that very scary leap to full-time freelancing, Lynne worked as an academic and medical librarian-cataloger, as well as a contingent indexer and editor for Microsoft, as an editor and proofreader for an ad agency, and as an information architect for a Web design firm. During that time, she published and taught widely on the full range of library cataloging and technical services and indexing and abstracting topics. Additional information about Lynne and her indexing company, LYNG, Inc., can be found on her website at www.indexingservices-lynnegrimes-lynginc.com.

EFA members $85 — nonmembers $105

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AMA Style for Beginners

Revised!

Session 1: Thursday, May 17, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Session 2: Friday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Session 3: Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thanks in large part to student feedback, Aaron Mason has revamped and improved his original course AMA Style: An Introduction to create this new incarnation designed for proofreaders and copy editors who have an interest in learning the basic skills of medical editing. The class is now divided into three sessions. This gives editors a chance to practice their skills at home, hear feedback on take-home exercises, and work with a partner during class. Topics include

  • AMA spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage
  • proofreading and fact-checking practice
  • locating answers in the AMA quickly and easily
  • how to find work as a freelance medical editor
  • and much, much more!

Students are required to bring their own copy of the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 9th edition.

Instructor Aaron Mason is an accomplished medical editor with more than five years of freelance and staff experience working for pharmaceutical advertising agencies and medical communications firms. His professional background also includes working as legal and financial proofreader and a production editor for educational book developers. This is Aaron's third time teaching an AMA class for EFA.

NOTE: EFA has learned that Oxford University Press plans to publish the 10th edition of the AMA Manual of Style in March 2007. To help students who may not yet have upgraded to the new edition, Aaron will provide information about the major differences between the 9th and the 10th editions during the workshop. The goal of the class remains the same — to provide students with practice in the basic skills of medical editing. Rest assured that either of the two editions will work for the class, so just bring the one you own. (On-site employers are responsible for updating their own reference libraries.)

EFA members $130 — nonmembers $160

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