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Session 2: 2009 Education Catalog Archive

How to Get Freelance Writing Work

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Editing Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (Seattle)

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Dealing with Nightmare Clients

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Proofreading

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Supplementing Your Income with PR Work (NYC)

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Turning Journal Entries into Polished Pieces

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Writing from Healthy Starts

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Blogging Basics (Seattle)

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How to Get Freelance Writing Work

Hone your skills and land more assignments!

Tuesdays, October 13 – November 10
Online (5 sessions + chat)

In this super-intensive course on pitching and writing freelance pieces, you will learn how to write the best email pitches possible, make great business phone calls, and sell higher-paying stories. (Several past students have sold $1,000+ stories before the class was even over.) Each Tuesday the instructor will post a lecture and lead an online chat from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Participants will receive chat-room details directly from the instructor.

Instructor Eric Butterman is a New York–based writer and teacher who has 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. He is delighted to offer this course through EFA.

“Eric’s career tips helped land me a job that has me scuba diving in Florida. Nothing but a glowing review for his class.”
“Using what Eric taught me, I landed a 2,000-word feature.... The class was definitely worth the time and money.”

EFA members $145 — nonmembers $170

Registration is closed for this class.

Editing Memoir and Narrative Nonfiction

NEW! Requested course topic.

Thursdays, October 15 – November 19
Online (6 sessions)

Memoir and narrative nonfiction (for example, travel, natural history, and literary journalism) have some similarities to fiction: characters, scenes, and dialogue — and often a storyline. However, such manuscripts have other issues to explore and contend with, including chronology, issues of fact and fiction, and the reflective narrating voice. This class includes weekly lectures and online discussion. Participants will read a published work of memoir or narrative nonfiction of their choosing in order to analyze its elements. We’ll focus on structural- and developmental-editing issues and communicating with authors in the form of editorial notes and letters.

Instructor Barbara Sjoholm is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. She was co-founder of Seal Press and a publisher-editor there for many years. She 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.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (Seattle)

3-hour seminar. First time offered in Seattle!

Saturday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Level 4 - PACCAR Room 6

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. She also 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 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 $70

Registration is closed for this class.

Dealing with Nightmare Clients

NEW! From a popular author and speaker on the freelancing life.

CANCELED

Online (4 sessions)

We’ve all had them: clients and editors who stiff us, mess with our deadlines, and contact us round the clock. In this class specifically geared toward rookie and veteran freelance writers, we’ll discuss how to chase down MIA payments, handle runaway revisions, deal with clients who are always late with deliverables, and set firmer boundaries with project managers and editors. We’ll cover contract clauses that can help prevent scope creep, deadline changes, and late payments. And we’ll look at how to determine whether a troublesome client relationship is salvageable. The last class session will be devoted to answering all your burning questions about any nightmare clients you're dealing with now.

Michelle Goodman is author of My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. In her 17 years as a freelance writer and editor, she has worked with everyone from national media outlets and high-tech empires to book publishers and peddlers of New Age philosophy. Visit Michelle’s site at www.anti9to5guide.com.

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Proofreading

NEW! From the instructor of EFA’s popular online copyediting classes!

Mondays, November 2 – December 7 (no class November 23)
Online (5 sessions)

Proofreading — looking for errors in copy before it is published — remains vital for high-quality documents in our electronic world. This course covers what proofreading is; how proofreading differs from editing; how to use proofreaders’ marks; proofreading methods; how proofreaders work with style sheets; and how proofreaders query. Hard-copy assignments can be either faxed or scanned as PDFs and emailed for instructor feedback. No class the week of November 23.

Required text: McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook, 2nd ed., by Laura Anderson. (You can find the book at Amazon.com or check your local library or bookstore.)

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele include Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Seattle Homes & Lifestyles. She’s an instructor in the University of Washington editing certificate program. In her 32 years in publishing, Kris has worked in-house as a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

EFA members $145 — nonmembers $170

Registration is closed for this class.

Supplementing Your Income with PR Work (NYC)

One-day workshop! Valuable topic for tough economic times.

CANCELED

EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, NYC

In this one-day workshop, you will learn how to use your skill set, knowledge, and strengths to supplement your income with PR work. You’ll learn the components of PR; what makes a good story; how to pitch, get gigs, and create a portfolio; what PR people look for in freelancers; conflict of interest issues; how the Internet has changed PR; and great strategies from a PR insider’s bag of tricks. You’ll also learn how the skills you've developed in project management, email, and social media can add to your cachet and help you get PR work. Additionally, you’ll get hands-on experience writing press releases, targeted pitch letters, and bios.

Instructor Bruce W. Fraser is a financial writer, author, and publicist. A former newspaperman, he contributes to numerous B2B and consumer publications. He is writing a book on millionaires and was commissioning editor for the book 60 Things to Do When You Turn 60. Fraser has handled a wide variety of communications work and conducted seminars for the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Publicity Club of New York, and other organizations. Read more about Bruce at www.bwfraser.com.

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

Registration is closed for this class.

Turning Journal Entries into Polished Pieces

NEW! Practical tips presented in a fun format.

CANCELED

Online (4-session webinar)

In four 90-minute webinar sessions, you will see the possibilities for turning journal entries into poems, personal essays, and/or stories. Send in an entry or just listen in on the discussion of what might become of the work in development. It’s a kind of “Ask Click and Clack” for writers — informative and lots of fun! You’ll use writing prompts, a three-step response method, and close reading to transform your personal writings into polished pieces suitable for publication. Participants will receive information about accessing the webinars directly from the co-instructors.

System requirements for webinar sessions:

For PC users — Windows 2000, XP, 2003 Server, or Vista; for Mac users — OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or newer. For all — Internet connection with cable modem, DSL, or better.

Instructor Sheila Bender wrote the content for Chronicle Software’s journaling program LifeJournal for Writers. Her essays and poems appear online and in numerous North American literary magazines and anthologies. Instructor Ruth Folit has kept a journal for 35 years. LifeJournal, her company’s journal software, won the McGraw-Hill sponsored Technology Design Competition for Computers and Writing. Read more about the software at www.lifejournal.com.

EFA members $125 — nonmembers $150

Registration is closed for this class.

Writing from Healthy Starts

Jump-start your creative writing!

CANCELED

Online (4 sessions)

Focused exercises will help participants get going in the direction of personal essays, poems, and stories — effortlessly and without dragging their feet. The instructor will assign exercises with multiple variations and, in a collaborative atmosphere, help participants see what they might do with what they have created. You will practice “generative writing,” which helps you find space and time to start writing things you may not even have realized you had in you. The exercises require little effort and they help you come at things “slant,” as Emily Dickinson suggested we must. Join this fun, inspiring class and find out more about the topics and images you have inside.

Instructor Sheila Bender is the author of eight books on writing, including Writing and Publishing Personal Essays and Writing in a New Convertible with the Top Down. She publishes Writing It Real, an online magazine for people who write from personal experience at www.writingitreal.com. And she has been a feature writer, columnist, and book reviewer for publications such as Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and The World and Poet Lore.

EFA members $135 — nonmembers $160

Registration is closed for this class.

Blogging Basics (Seattle)

NEW workshop from the instructor of EFA's popular online blogging class!

CANCELED

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Level 4 - PACCAR Room 6

Is your creative spark threatening to go out? Is your freelance business slow? A blog can help you revive them both. Blogging is a free, fun way to get your name out there to a potential audience of millions, and in this 4-hour class you’ll learn everything you need to know to start your own blog in 5 minutes or less. First we’ll look at the “big picture” of blogging, including how it fits into the context of other social networking media like Facebook and Twitter. Then we’ll proceed to the nuts and bolts of how to set one up, how to promote it, and yes — even how to make a little money from it. Laptops are welcome but not required.

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 writing coach, 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 Rebecca at www.RebeccaAgiewich.com.

From last year’s online blogging class: “Rebecca was an ideal teacher. She answered all our newbie questions with generosity and humor. And patience.”

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $125

Registration is closed for this class.
 

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