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Session 1: 2011 Education Catalog Archive

Dealing with Nightmare Clients

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Copyediting I

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Copyediting I & II Combo

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How to Get Freelance Writing Work (NYC)

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Copyediting II

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Basics/Getting Started Three-Course Combo (DC)

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Basics of Editing and Proofreading (DC)

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (DC)

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Basics of Websites for Freelancers (DC)

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How “Subversive” Copyediting Helps Editors Help Themselves (NYC)

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Dealing with Nightmare Clients

From a popular author and speaker on the freelancing life.

Fridays, February 4–25
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 troublesome client issues you're dealing with now.

Instructor 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 18 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.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on the session dates listed, but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

“I am impressed with how much I learned — not just about dealing with nightmare clients, [but also] how to prevent getting into such situations.”
“Highly recommended!”

EFA members $134 — nonmembers $159

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting I

Back by popular demand!

Wednesdays, February 9–March 9
Online (5 sessions)

Copyediting is a foundational skill for editing a variety of documents in many fields. This five-week course introduces basic copyediting skills: using essential reference materials (dictionaries and style guides) in a specialized way, correcting common grammar errors, correcting punctuation errors, and applying consistent punctuation and number styles. Participants will read about 35 pages per week (178 pages total) and do one onscreen copyediting exercise per week, which will be emailed for instructor feedback (optional practice exercises are also suggested).

Required course materials:
The Copyeditor’s Handbook, 2nd ed., by Amy Einsohn
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Recommended materials:
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

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 is also an instructor in the University of Washington editing certificate program. In her 33 years in publishing, Kris has worked in-house as a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on the session dates listed, but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Copyediting I & II this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

“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 $144 — nonmembers $169

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Copyediting I and Copyediting II!

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting I & II Combo

Receive a 20% discount when you register for both copyediting classes.

Wednesdays, February 9–March 9; Wednesdays, April 13–May 11

Please see the individual course listings for Copyediting I and Copyediting II. If you're signing up for both classes, be sure to select the Copyediting I & II Combo option on the registration form.

“Excellent classes!”
“I was able to immediately use what I learned to do better work.”

EFA members $230 — nonmembers $270

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for both Copyediting I and Copyediting II.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

How to Get Freelance Writing Work (NYC)

Based on our popular online class!

CANCELED

EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

In this super-intensive workshop 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+ pieces.) You will also focus on how to turn one assignment into many and ways to organize as your client list grows.

Instructor Eric Butterman 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.

“Nothing but a glowing review for [this] class.”
“Using what Eric taught me, I landed a 2,000-word feature.... The class was definitely worth the time and money.”

EFA members $159 — nonmembers $184

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting II

Back for a second year by member request!

Wednesdays, April 13–May 11
Online (5 sessions)

This five-week course led by Kris Fulsaas builds on Copyediting I, covering copyediting compound words; copyediting abbreviations and trademarks for capitalization, punctuation, and usage; copyediting quotations for punctuation and syntax; querying effectively and appropriately; and discerning the language editing copyeditors can and cannot do and when copyediting shifts into line editing and substantive editing. Participants will read about 25 pages each week (121 pages total) and do one onscreen copyediting exercise per week, which will be emailed for instructor feedback (optional practice exercises are also suggested). Note: Participants do not need to take Copyediting I to sign up for Copyediting II.

Required course materials:
The Copyeditor’s Handbook, 2nd ed., by Amy Einsohn
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Recommended materials:
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on the session dates listed, but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Copyediting I & II this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

“Kris is a wonderful teacher!”
“The course was very well planned. I got so much out of it.”

EFA members $144 — nonmembers $169

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Copyediting I and Copyediting II!

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Basics/Getting Started Three-Course Combo (DC)

Receive a 20% discount when you register for all three Washington, DC, classes this season.

Friday and Saturday, April 15–16
True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC

Please see the individual course listings for Basics of Editing and Proofreading, Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing, and Basics of Websites for Freelancers. If you're signing up for all three DC classes, be sure to select the Basics/Getting Started Three-Course Combo option on the registration form.

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EFA members $109 — nonmembers $145

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for the set of three DC classes.

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (DC)

Friday, April 15, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC

Learn or refresh your knowledge of the essentials of editing and proofreading! Topics include marks and symbols, essential style manuals, levels of editing, using Microsoft Word as an editing tool, using Acrobat for proofreading, and working effectively with clients and colleagues. You will also expand your files of helpful resources, including publications, organizations, and more. This practical topic overview is applicable to both freelance and in-house colleagues.

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, American Copy Editors Society, the National Press Club, National Writers Union/DC Local, and other groups. Visit Ruth’s website at www.writerruth.com.

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Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking all three Washington, DC, classes this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $64

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for all three DC classes held April 15–16!!

Registration is closed for this class.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (DC)

Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC

You need more than writing skills and a computer to be a successful freelance writer, editor, or other editorial professional. You also need business sense, knowledge of the market, and a firm grasp of the tricks of the trade.

In this seminar, instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter will discuss 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. This talk is geared toward those new to the business, but even seasoned freelancers will garner new insights and useful suggestions.

Those taking both Saturday classes will be on your own for a lunch break from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

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Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking all three Washington, DC, classes this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

“Fun and full of good energy.”
“Lively and informative [and] very grounding.”

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $64

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for all three DC classes held April 15–16!!

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics of Websites for Freelancers (DC)

Saturday, April 16, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC

No matter what kind of freelance business you have (or want to have), it has to get noticed on the World Wide Web — and that means having your own website. Find out the basics of creating a website: getting a domain name and hosting service, planning content, and designing an effective, attractive website that will help attract readers and publishers to your work.

Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter maintains her own website, manages content for several others, and has created some sites herself. She will provide tips on why writers should have websites and how to get a site started, show you how to find and use templates, discuss basic design techniques, and provide examples of colleagues’ sites to use as inspiration. Note: This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.

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Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking all three Washington, DC, classes this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

DISCOUNT: Save 20 percent when you sign up for all three DC classes held April 15–16!!

Registration is closed for this class.

How “Subversive” Copyediting Helps Editors Help Themselves (NYC)

NEW workshop on keeping your integrity and sanity as a copyeditor.

Saturday, April 30, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

In this workshop from the editor of The Chicago Manual of Style Online’s Q&A and author of the popular editorial companion The Subversive Copy Editor, you will learn how habits and attitudes can get in the way of good copyediting. Topics include how bad editing happens and some remedies for it; how to tackle dangerous manuscripts; how to work with difficult writers; and ways to prevent trouble through carefulness, transparency, and flexibility.

Instructor Carol Saller is a senior manuscript editor at the University of Chicago Press. From more than a decade of reading the questions emailed to The Chicago Manual of Style Online’s Q&A, she has a good idea of what bothers copyeditors the most and why. Carol is the author of The Subversive Copy Editor: Advice from Chicago and the forthcoming middle-grade novel Eddie’s War. To learn more, visit Carol’s website.

EFA members $44 — nonmembers $69

Registration is closed for this class.
 

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