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Session 1: 2009 Education Catalog Archive

Magazine Writing Basics

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Introduction to Developmental and Structural Editing: Fiction

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Online Editing/Writing for Corporate and Media

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Indexing Basics

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Blogging 101

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Copyediting II

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Resumes for Freelancers

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Substantive Editing Clinic

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Copyright and Permissions: The Basics

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Advanced Substantive Editing Clinic

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Adobe InDesign for Editors: An Introduction to Desktop Publishing

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Web Sites for Writers, Editors and Others (DC)

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (DC)

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Introduction to AMA Style

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (in NYC)

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Web Sites for Writers, Editors and Others (NYC)

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Magazine Writing Basics

NEW!

Thursdays, February 26 - April 2
Online (five sessions; includes posted lessons and a chat Thurs., 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET; no class March 26)

This class centers on the vital aspects of writing a magazine article. Top subjects will include writing a sharp headline and lead, keeping story focus, paragraph transitions, interviewing techniques, and acquiring the best sources. Homework will be divided into each area of writing a feature, resulting in a completed article at the end of the course. A weekly lecture is posted each Thursday, followed by a one-hour online chat room meeting Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET.

Instructor Eric Butterman has written for more than 50 publications including Glamour and Inc. He has also worked as a staff editor for Folio: and Travel Agent magazine, and is still a contributing editor for the latter. Having lectured at NYU and Harvard, Butterman has been credited with helping students sell articles for as much as $4000 and land editorial positions at O at Home, Quick & Simple, and Sport Diver. He is delighted to bring this course to EFA.

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Registration is closed for this class.

Introduction to Developmental and Structural Editing: Fiction

NEW!

Mondays, March 2 - April 6
Online (six sessions; no chat)

This class will give a thorough overview of the craft of editing longer manuscripts of fiction. Designed for editors who have copyediting and/or some developmental editing experience, the class will cover elements of the novel: theme, audience, structure, point of view, characters, and plot. We will also touch on the differences among genres. The class includes weekly lectures and discussion, with examples of editorial letters provided and a reading list.

Instructor Barbara Sjoholm is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. She was co-founder and an editor at Seal Press for many years and now runs the Author-Editor Clinic, a mentoring program for developmental and structural editors working on longer manuscripts. Read more about Barbara at www.barbarasjoholm.com or www.authoreditorclinic.com.

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Registration is closed for this class.

Online Editing/Writing for Corporate and Media

NEW!

Mondays and Wednesdays, March 2 - March 23
Online (four sessions; lessons posted Mon.; chat Wed., 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET; home due Fri. by 5:00 p.m. ET)

Many editorial jobs now require some online work: converting a print document into a Web format, producing an e-newsletter, or advising a client on a more effective presentation of online content. Whether the task is for clients in the media, corporate, or non-profit worlds, a good basic understanding of online editing techniques and preferred tools is essential.

This course will cover the basics of editing and writing for the Web, including user patterns and style constraints. It will review content management systems, e-newsletter programs and other online editing tools, and show efficient ways to use them. No special software is required, just a computer with an up-to-date browser and a word processing program.

Through hands-on editing and writing practice, students will learn how to adapt print copy for the Web, consider Web style constraints and user patterns, edit copy into content management systems, and support company goals and objectives when working with corporate projects. Through weekly reading assignments and hands-on editing homework, students will gain practical knowledge that can be put to use on the job.

Instructor Bill Thorness is a freelance writer/editor with more than 25 years of experience. He has edited national trade magazines and more than a dozen books, and provides editing services for corporate clients and non-profits. He writes for newspapers and magazines, has authored one book and is currently working on a second. He teaches Advanced Editing in the University of Washington Extension Certificate in Editing program in Seattle. Read more at Bill’s Web site, www.billthorness.com.

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Registration is closed for this class.

Indexing Basics

A course that got rave reviews last Spring!

Wednesdays, March 4 - March 25
Online (four sessions; no chat)

Indexing Basics is an informational online course designed to provide participants with a broad overview of back-of-the-book print indexing fundamentals and to assist interested freelancer answer the question, “Do I want to try my hand at indexing?” Topics include:

1. What indexing IS vs. what indexing IS NOT

2. Knowledge set, skills set, and educational frameworks required of an indexer

3. Indexing software fundamentals

4. Business aspects (including some legal considerations)

5. Basic indexing procedures and methods

Participants are requested to have a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (Chapter 18 Indexes) on hand.

Lynne M. Grimes holds an MLS (Master of Library Science, specializing in cataloging and indexing/abstracting from SUNY’s University at Albany) and is a seasoned freelance indexer and editor, specializing in STM and academic content. She has written literally hundreds of published indexes. Prior to taking that very scary leap to full-time freelancing, she worked as an academic medical librarian-cataloger and as an information architect for Web design and software firms. During that time, she published and taught widely on the full range of library cataloging and indexing topics. Additional information about Lynne is available on her Web site: www.lyng-indexing.com.

“Even if you decide never to become an indexer, Lynne teaches you the basics of indexing that allow you to work more successfully with indexers.”
“It’s a science and taking this course provided me with the desire to pursue indexing as a trade!’

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Blogging 101

A favorite from last Spring!

Wednesdays, March 25 - April 15
Online (four sessions; no chat; lessons posted at 6:00 p.m. PT)

Is business slow? Is your creative spark threatening to go out? A blog can help you revive them both. Whether you’re a writer looking to connect to an audience or an editor who wants to attract clients, blogging is a free, fun way to get your name out there to a potential audience of millions.

Via lessons appropriate for both blogging newbies and those who want to make an existing blog more compelling, you’ll learn the basics of setting up a blog (it’s a snap!), attracting readers, promoting it—and, yes, even making money. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the blogosphere and a blog that fits your own personal and professional needs.

Instructor Rebecca Agiewich is the author of BreakupBabe: A Novel (Ballantine Books, 2006), which sprang from her dating blog “Breakup Babe” and was a finalist for the 2007 Lulu Blooker prize—a literary prize for books based on blogs. She is also a blog consultant, freelance editor, and journalist, whose travel writing can be found in places like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Alaska Airlines Magazine. You can find out more about her at www.rebeccaagiewich.com.

“Rebecca’s stories were entertaining, and her evident enthusiasm was catching. Great instructor.”

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting II

NEW! From the instructor of Copyediting Basics

Wednesdays, April 8 - April 29
Online (four sessions; no chat)

If you have learned the basic topics that most copyeditors deal with day in and day out, this course offers a look at wider issues facing copyeditors of many types of documents. We will look at the myriad questions that come up when you are dealing with compound words, both as nouns and modifiers. Then we will delve into capitalization, punctuation, and usage concerns regarding abbreviations and trademarks. One of the trickiest topics copyeditors face is how much language editing they have leeway to do and knowing when their editing shifts into line editing and substantive editing; we will gain practice in discerning the types of language editing that copyeditors are expected to do and the types of change they are usually requested not to make. Finally, we will brush up on querying skills so that your good questions stand the best chance of receiving a helpful response.

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele include Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Washington Law & Politics. She’s an instructor in the University of Washington’s editing certificate program. In twenty-eight years in publishing, Fulsaas has been a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

“The instructor definitely knew what she was doing.”
“It was very enjoyable!”
“I would recommend it to anyone thinking of copyediting as a career.”

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Resumes for Freelancers

Not only a favorite, but a necessity in these times!

Mondays, April 20 - May 4
Online (three sessions; chat 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET)

In this three-session online course, freelancers will learn how to create a functional resume, also known as a skills-based resume. The first hour-long session will explain the basics of a functional resume and why it, rather than a traditional reverse-chronology resume, is the best approach for freelancers. Participants will use this information to create their own functional resumes for presentation and discussion at the second session. The third session will cover what to do with your new resume and also discuss alternatives to resumes. The course fee includes a free download of the EFA booklet Resumes for Freelancers.

Instructor Sheila Buff began freelancing in 1981 and joined EFA soon after. She has been a member of the EFA Board for more than twenty years, served as Co-Executive Director from 1995 to 2001, and founded the EFA discussion list. A writer, co-author, and ghostwriter specializing in health, nutrition, and consumer-oriented medicine, Sheila Buff is the author behind six national bestsellers. She is also the author of the EFA booklet Resumes for Freelancers. Her other writing and personal interests include birding, natural history, gardening, and the outdoors. She lives in the small town of Milan in the beautiful mid-Hudson Valley with her husband Joe, a novelist, and their dog Dina.

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $125

Registration is closed for this class.

Substantive Editing Clinic

A favorite from a master teacher!

Saturday, May 2, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
EFA Office in Manhattan

This intensive one-day clinic focuses on editing for clarity. A hands-on course, it is built around exercises—ranging from individual sentences to paragraphs—that develop close reading, effective querying, and efficient editing. The course assumes knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style, and it provides an outstanding introduction to substantive editing.

Instructor Maron L. Waxman, retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also editorial director of trade reference at HarperCollins and of book development at Book-of-the-Month Club. She has taught in both the NYU and CUNY publishing programs and has led editorial workshops at Editorial Experts and several writers’ and editors’ conferences.

“The material was challenging but easy to understand. I was fully engaged in it the entire time. I definitely recommend the course.”
“A master teacher—very knowledgeable, astute, highly experienced, and full of helpful examples and stories.”

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Save 20 percent when you sign up for this and the Advanced Substantive Editing Clinic.

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyright and Permissions: The Basics

NEW!

Mondays, May 4 - May 25
Online (four sessions; no chat)

Ever wonder where that blurry line is between borrowing material and having to request permission? Then this course is for you. This four-week series will cover the basic guidelines regarding use of borrowed material in published works, when to apply for permission, and the permissions process. Anyone working with the written word or media will benefit from this course, as will anyone who is interested in adding the skill of seeking permissions to their resume.

Instructor Tricia Kinman has worked as permissions editor and permissions manager for Elsevier, Inc, a health science publisher, for four years. She has handled permissions for both print and online publications. She has also developed training materials and led training sessions for editors, Web designers, managing editors, and directors.

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Advanced Substantive Editing Clinic

A favorite from a master teacher!

Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
EFA Office in Manhattan

Picking up where the Substantive Editing Clinic leaves off, this advanced workshop taught by Maron L. Waxman provides editors with techniques for editing instructions, identifying and correcting weak organization, assessing the quality and accuracy of the writer’s information, setting the correct tone for the intended audience, and creating an effective relationship with the writer. All work is based on actual manuscripts. This course stands alone but assumes a working knowledge of material covered in the basic workshop.

Instructor Maron L. Waxman, retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also editorial director of trade reference at HarperCollins and of book development at Book-of-the-Month Club. She has taught in both the NYU and CUNY publishing programs and has led editorial workshops at Editorial Experts and several writers’ and editors’ conferences.

“Fantastic! Maron was a great teacher. I highly recommend it.”
“A master teacher—very knowledgeable, astute, highly experienced, and full of helpful examples and stories.”

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Save 20 percent when you sign up for this and the Substantive Editing Clinic.

Registration is closed for this class.

Adobe InDesign for Editors: An Introduction to Desktop Publishing

A jam-packed favorite!

Thursday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to Noon
The Sumner School, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC

This class teaches how to create desktop publishing projects—from start to finish—using Adobe InDesign CS4. You will learn the basic tasks of desktop publishing (DTP) 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 CS4 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 $60 — nonmembers $85

Receive a 10 dollar discount for taking all three DC workshops.

Registration is closed for this class.

Web Sites for Writers, Editors and Others (DC)

NEW!

Thursday, May 14, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The Sumner School, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC

Editorial freelancers today have to get noticed on the World Wide Web, and that means having our own Web sites. Find out the basics of getting a domain name, using it for a permanent e-mail address, and creating an effective, attractive Web site that will help attract clients to you and your work. Examples of good and bad sites will be included to use as inspiration. (This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.)

EFA member and national newsletter editor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, who maintains her own Web site and manages content for several others, has offered this program at Writers and Books in Rochester, NY.

EFA members $60 — nonmembers $85

Receive a 10 dollar discount for taking all three DC workshops.

Registration is closed for this class.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (DC)

A favorite!

Thursday, May 14, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
The Sumner School, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC

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 by 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 her Web site at www.writerruth.com.

“Fun and full of good energy.”
“Besides being lively and informative, it was very grounding.”

EFA members $60 — nonmembers $85

Receive a 10 dollar discount for taking all three DC courses.

Registration is closed for this class.

Introduction to AMA Style

NEW!

Fridays, May 15 - June 3
Online (four sessions; no chat)

This introductory course in AMA style gives proofreaders and copyeditors who have an interest in medical editing a look at the basics of AMA style, including formatting references (the differences from APA and Chicago styles); terminology and usage (especially those stickler terms even the best medical writers get wrong); reporting percentages, rates, fractions, and statistics; using numbers correctly; formatting tables and graphs; and the essential elements of a biomedical research paper.

Instructor Eileen Girten currently teaches chemistry and is completing a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Eileen is co-editor of the Delawriter, the quarterly newsletter of the American Medical Writers Association–Delaware Valley Chapter (AMWA-DVC). Jennifer Maybin is a medical editor and writer with 20 years’ experience writing and editing medical publications. Visit her Web site at www.MaybinHealthCommunications.com. Both Eileen and Jennifer are active members of AMWA-DVC.

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (in NYC)

A favorite!

Thursday, June 18, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
EFA office, 71 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY

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 by 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 her Web site at www.writerruth.com.

“Fun and full of good energy.”
“Besides being lively and informative, it was very grounding.”

EFA members $60 — nonmembers $85

Take both June 18 workshops in NYC for 108 (members); 153 (nonmembers)

Registration is closed for this class.

Web Sites for Writers, Editors and Others (NYC)

NEW!

Thursday, June 18, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
EFA office, 71 W. 23rd Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY

Editorial freelancers today have to get noticed on the World Wide Web, and that means having our own Web sites. Find out the basics of getting a domain name, using it for a permanent e-mail address, and creating an effective, attractive Web site that will help attract clients to you and your work. Examples of good and bad sites will be included to use as inspiration. (This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.)

EFA member and national newsletter editor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, who maintains her own Web site and manages content for several others, has offered this program at Writers and Books in Rochester, NY.

EFA members $60 — nonmembers $85

Take both June 18 workshops in NYC for 108 (members); 153 (nonmembers)

Registration is closed for this class.
 

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