Editorial Freelancers Association



February 26, 2017 - 23:21 PM

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Session 1: 2008 Education Catalog Archive

Opportunities in Newsletters

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Grammar for Writers and Editors

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Marketing Your Editorial Services Online

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Succeeding as a Magazine Writer

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Breaking Into Travel Writing

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Blogging 101

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Children's Writing Workshop

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Adobe InDesign for Editors: An Introduction to Desktop Publishing

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing

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Editing in MS Word: Beyond the Basics — Building Efficiency

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Opportunities in Newsletters

Workshop, New

Friday, May 2 (2:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
Sumner School Museum & Archives, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington DC

There are a number of ways for freelancers to make money from newsletters. This workshop will explore newsletter projects for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, graphic artists, and desktop publishers. Whether you plan to publish your own newsletter or want to work on newsletters for associations, nonprofits, or businesses, this seminar is for you. Topics include content, design, electronic versions, and resources. A detailed handout illustrates good and bad design, publication names that do and don't work, before-and-after examples, and more.

Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter has been writing, editing, and producing newsletters since 1980, and has taken several newsletters from traditional typesetting into desktop publishing and Web versions. She currently writes, edits, and/or desktop produces newsletters for associations and organizations such as EFA, Ms. Foundation for Women, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Delaware component of the American Institute of Architects, and Decorative Arts Society. She has won awards for newsletter editing, written for Newsletter Design, and presented numerous newsletter seminars.

EFA members $50 — nonmembers $65

DISCOUNT: Save 20 percent when you sign up for both May 2nd workshops!

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Grammar for Writers and Editors

Online, Always Popular

Wednesdays, March 19 – April 9 (four sessions)

A communication stopper is a grammatical blunder that snaps the bond of understanding between writer and reader. This fun and informative course focuses on 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, and other incorrect constructions.

Instructor Irene Davis is an award-winning freelance writer and editorial consultant. 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 $100 — nonmembers $125

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Marketing Your Editorial Services Online

Online, Revised, and Back By Request

Mondays, March 24 – April 14 (four sessions)

In this updated version of the popular course Online Marketing, you will learn how to research your target market and make the most of basic online marketing tools to target that market. You will also learn how to integrate online tools into your life in a way that brings to your door the clients you most want to work with. Topics include

  • how to use the Web to locate — and find contact info for — your ideal clients
  • what makes for an effective "marketing-smart" website
  • how to write keyword-rich copy for your site
  • how to drive traffic to your site and which tools are worth your time
  • how (and where) to get your promotional articles published online — so that your prospects see them

Instructor Ilise Benun is a national speaker and the author of several books, including The Art of Self Promotion, 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 the "creatively self-employed" 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 marketing-mentor.com and marketingmixblog.com.

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

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $125

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Succeeding as a Magazine Writer

Online, Always in Demand

Thursdays, April 10 – May 15 (six sessions)

Don't take this online course if you're looking for a "how to write" class. This class is about the BUSINESS of writing nonfiction (no fiction writers — sorry!) for magazines (both print and their online counterparts). Topics include finding, and writing for, magazines you've never heard of (and why that's a good idea); breaking into the "big guys"; different kinds of formats; getting paid decently; when NOT to take an assignment; and 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 business WM Medical Communications in 1988. She has written newsletters, press kits, Web content, and much more, but her greatest love is always magazine work. Among her credentials are such publications 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 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 $135 — nonmembers $160

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Breaking Into Travel Writing

Workshop, New

Have you always wanted to write about travel but don't know how to break in? Eric Butterman, a contributing editor for Travel Agent magazine, will start off this intensive one-day workshop by teaching you how to write the best pitches possible. Next, he'll show you how to ask the right questions on your travels to maximize your piece's potential. Finally, he'll teach you to recognize how to turn one trip into countless articles. Butterman's recent five-week class helped a student sell a Tokyo article to Gridskipper.com — while the class was still going on!

Instructor Eric Butterman is a New York-based writer and teacher who's written for more than 50 publications including Glamour, Men's Journal, and Inc. Having lectured at NYU and Harvard, Butterman has been credited with helping students sell articles for as much as $4,000 and land editorial positions at Oprah Winfrey's O at Home, Quick & Simple, and Sport Diver.

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Blogging 101

Online, New

Tuesdays, April 15 – May 6 (four sessions)

In today's world, it's almost de rigueur to have a blog, whether you're a writer looking to connect with an audience or an editor who wants to attract clients with a stronger online presence. In this class, you will learn how to grab your own little piece of the blogosphere and make it shine. Via lessons appropriate for both blogging newbies and those who already have a blog and want to make it more compelling, you will learn the basics of setting up a blog, attracting readers, promoting it — and, yes, even making money. You'll come away with a deeper understanding of the blog world and a blog that fits your own personal and professional needs.

Instructor Rebecca Agiewich is the author of BreakupBabe: A Novel, which sprang out of her dating blog of the same name. It was a finalist for the 2007 Lulu Blooker Prize, a literary prize devoted to "blooks." In addition to regularly teaching blogging classes, she also writes about adventure travel for such publications as the Seattle PI and Seattle Metropolitan. Visit her on the Web at rebeccaagiewich.com or on her personal blog at houseofsparkle.blogspot.net, where she writes about everything from music to fashion to skiing.

One of Rebecca's students said, "She gave a plentitude of examples and ideas�all viable and valuable and inspiring. She gave us specific and thought-provoking assignments. She sets a striking example because her own work is so good."

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $125

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Children's Writing Workshop

Online, Updated

Fridays, April 18 – May 23 (six sessions)

Updated to provide participants with more of the writing time they crave, this class explores the craft of writing for children through reflection, journaling, and focused writing exercises. Fun, stress-free assignments are designed to foster creativity and facilitate the process of writing for young readers. They include readings (recommended children's books and biz resources), daily journaling activities, group discussions, and the completion of one short, polished writing sample. Come ready to share ideas, hone your writing skills, and have a good time!

Instructor Lisa L. Owens is a freelancer specializing in books (fiction and nonfiction) and educational materials for the children's market. To date she has edited more than 100 children's books and authored more than sixty. Her works have been favorably reviewed in such publications as Booklist, School Library Journal, and Children's Bookwatch. She has taught several writing and editing courses for EFA and other outlets. Visit Lisa's author site at llowens.com and her children's writing blog at llowens.blogspot.com.

One of last year's participants said, "I feel like I wound up with a wild (in the best sense) profusion of ideas and information." Another said, "I would definitely recommend this course to any serious children's writer. The material was clear, meaningful, lots of fun, and surprisingly easy to do even during a packed workday."

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Adobe InDesign for Editors: An Introduction to Desktop Publishing

Workshop, New

Friday, May 2 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Sumner School Museum & Archives, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington DC

This class teaches how to create desktop publishing projects — from start to finish — using Adobe InDesign CS3. You will learn the basic tasks of desktop publishing a short document, such as a newsletter or brochure. Content is geared toward beginners who may or may not have previous experience with another desktop publishing program, or who might have rusty DTP skills. It's also great for those who manage publications and need a basic understanding of how DTP works. This seminar is jam-packed, so come ready to learn and jumpstart your career! Note: Although this is a demonstration seminar rather than a "hands-on" computer class, feel free to bring your laptop and follow along with the instructor. A free 30-day trial of InDesign CS3 is available at adobe.com/downloads/?ogn=EN_US-gntray_dl_trialdownloads.

Instructor Bevi Chagnon practices what she teaches: She's a graphic designer, Web site developer, photographer, and Adobe Certified Expert (ACE). She is "founding Honcho" of PubCom (pubcom.com); creative director of i-Imagery Design; and "all-around designah, teacher, and industry wonk." She has more than thirty years' experience in publishing and marketing, as well as computer technology. Bevi's clients include government agencies, nonprofits, corporations, small businesses, publishers, ad agencies, print shops, and design studios.

EFA members $50 — nonmembers $65

DISCOUNT: Save 20 percent when you sign up for both May 2nd workshops!

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing

Workshop

Saturday, May 3 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
Public Welfare Foundation/True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington DC
Metrorail information and driving directions

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. Her 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 writerruth.com.

One attendee called this workshop "fun and full of good energy." Another said, "Besides being lively and informative, it was very grounding."

EFA members $50 — nonmembers $65

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Editing in MS Word: Beyond the Basics — Building Efficiency

Workshop, New

Saturday, May 24 (9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
EFA office, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York City

Not just tips and tricks! This session aims to "teach you how to fish": how to spot opportunities to reduce the time handwork is taking away from thoughtful editing. After analyzing some existing tools, participants will contribute problems and develop solutions on the spot. Bring a laptop for maximum benefit, but it is not required-you can get almost as much by looking on and taking notes. Note: Demos will be in Word 2003, but most observations will apply to other versions as well.

Instructor Hilary Powers has been editing electronically since late 1994, constantly on the lookout for ways to shave seconds out of every job. She regularly posts remedies to Word woes on the EFA discussion list, and recently released Making Word Work for You: An Editor's Intro to the Tool of the Trade, which has become one of EFA's hottest titles.

EFA members $150 — nonmembers $175

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.
 

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