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Session 2: 2012 Education Catalog Archive

Proofreading

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Proofreading and Copyediting I Combo Class

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NEW! Webinar School

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Basics of Editing and Proofreading (NYC)

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Basics/Getting Started/Websites Three-Course Combo (NYC)

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Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (NYC)

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Basics of Websites for Freelancers (NYC)

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How to Get Freelance Writing Work and Make Money

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NEW! No Portfolio? No Problem!

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Copyediting I

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NEW! The Mysteries of CMS 16: How to Find What You Need

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NEW! e-Editing: Put Down That Paper and Pen

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NEW! Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

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Proofreading

Always a best seller! Kris is a great instructor!

September 5-October 3
Online

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. Participants will read an average of about 15 pages per week from two required texts (because there is no one textbook that adequately covers all topics), with suggested reading from recommended texts. (If you wish to purchase only one textbook, The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders is the primary source for required reading.) Participants will do one hard-copy proofreading exercise per week, which can be either faxed or scanned as a PDF and emailed for instructor feedback.

Required course materials:

The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders, by K. D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston (McGraw-Hill, 2006)
The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (University of Chicago Press, 2010)

Recommended materials:
Mark My Words: Instruction and Practice in Proofreading, 3rd ed., by Peggy Smith (EEI Press, 1997, reprinted in 2006)
McGraw-Hill's Proofreading Handbook, 2nd ed., by Laura Anderson (McGraw-Hill, 2006) — if you can get a used copy of this text, it is the best reading for this course!
Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. (Merriam-Webster, Inc., 2003)

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.

“The instructor definitely knew what she was doing.
It was very enjoyable!”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Proofreading and Copyediting I! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Proofreading and Copyediting I, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Proofreading and Copyediting I Combo Class

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

September 5-October 3; October 17-November 14
Online

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $230 — nonmembers $270

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

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

NEW! Webinar School

Webinar

September 11, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST
WEBINAR (You'll receive a link with log-in information after you register)

Virtual meetings and training via webinars are becoming increasingly popular. What is involved in planning and implementing webinars and how can you improve the experience for everyone? Attend "Webinar School" to learn more about delivering meetings and training sessions virtually to your members, clients, and employees.

Agenda

— Introductions (via chat)

— Why webinars?

— Best practices (interaction, technology tips, technology back up, operations)

— What delivery tools are available? Which ones work best?

— Practice with polling and chat functions

— Questions and discussion

The session will be recorded and made available for 30 days after the webinar. You will also receive a 4-page planning checklist to help you organize and implement your webinars.

Dr. Frick holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. She served as President of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Twin Cities Chapter (2003-2004). Bette was recently named a Fellow of the STC. She has also achieved the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest award presented in Toastmasters. Dr. Frick is board-certified as a medical editor by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She recently earned the Essential Skills Certificate from the American Medical Writing Association (AMWA) and serves as AMWA-RMC (Rocky Mountain Chapter) president for 2011-2013. Dr. Frick has been delivering webinars for 6 years on various platforms.

EFA members $29 — nonmembers $39

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (NYC)

Taught by EFA's well-known Ruth!

September 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
LIVE at EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

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 writerruth.com.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $64

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for all three NYC classes held September 28-29! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking all three NYC classes this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics/Getting Started/Websites Three-Course Combo (NYC)

Taught by EFA's well-known Ruth!

September 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; September 29, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
LIVE at EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

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 are signing up for all three NYC classes, be sure to select the Basics/Getting Started Three-Course Combo option on the registration form.

Note: This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.

Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter maintains her own website (writerruth.com), 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.

EFA members $109 — nonmembers $146

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for the set of three NYC classes on September 28-29!

Registration is closed for this class.

Getting Started in Editorial Freelancing (NYC)

Taught by EFA's well-known Ruth!

September 29, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
LIVE at EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

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.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $64

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for all three NYC classes held September 28-29! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking all three NYC classes this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics of Websites for Freelancers (NYC)

Taught by EFA's well-known Ruth!

September 29, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
LIVE at EFA Headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY

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.

Note: This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.

Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter maintains her own website (writerruth.com), 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.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for all three NYC classes held September 28-29! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking all three NYC classes this season, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Registration is closed for this class.

How to Get Freelance Writing Work and Make Money

Online

October 2 – October 30
Online Plus Chat Room Tuesday Nights, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Mag freelancer and teacher Eric Butterman presents a 5-week super-intensive course on freelance pitching and writing. Learn how to write the best email pitches possible, be good on the phone and sell higher-paying stories (several students have sold $1,000+ stories before the class was over). A lecture is posted each week, followed by a one-hour online chat room meeting Tuesdays, October 2-30, 8-9 p.m. EST.

Eric Butterman is a Texas-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 leading publishing companies such as Hearst and Bonnier. He is delighted to offer this course through EFA.

“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.

NEW! No Portfolio? No Problem!

WEBINAR

October 2, 7:00 p.m. EST
Webinar (You'll receive a link to log on after registering)

This webinar is for beginning freelancers — either newbie or wannabe medical writers. Whether you are just out of college, or have worked in the corporate world doing medical writing, you get jobs in our business by showing a portfolio of samples of your writing. But, alas, you don't have any. You have no portfolio. But, this is no problem! You'll learn to create an instant writing portfolio out of thin air:

— how to re-purpose what you already have lying around the house and office

— how to create new medical writing samples instantly in an afternoon

— how to make all your new writing samples look polished and professional

— how to display and store your new samples in a green e-portfolio

Cheryl Lathrop received a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland; her minor concentration was in Computer Science. She has held various corporate positions as an engineer and technical writer. In 2004, when her corporate jobs kept disappearing out from under her due to the bad economy, Cheryl decided to become a freelance medical writer — after all, writing is writing! Cheryl is a member of both AMWA (American Medical Writers Association) and NESW (New England Science Writers), and she earned AMWA Core Certificates in both Editing/Writing and Pharmaceutical. As part of her volunteer activities, Cheryl manages websites and produces newsletters and brochures for a large nonprofit organization. (Cheryl blogs at phreelancephreedom.blogspot.com and wrote an article for the latest issue of the AMWA Journal (Volume 26, Number 4, 2011) entitled "Electronic, Portable, and Green: Imperatives for Creating Today's e-Portfolio.")

EFA members $29 — nonmembers $39

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting I

Always popular and Kris Fulsaas rocks!

October 17-November 14
Online

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 text: Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3rd edition (though earlier editions are also fine to use) and the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (earlier editions will be very difficult to use since things have moved around so much from the 15th edition).

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.

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

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Proofreading and Copyediting I! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Proofreading and Copyediting I, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

NEW! The Mysteries of CMS 16: How to Find What You Need

You asked, we delivered!

October 22-November 12
Online

This course deals with a basic approach to working with the Chicago Manual as well as an emphasis on many of the new features in this 16th edition. The course, of four weeks' duration, gives an overview of CMS and addresses many of the new features in this 16th edition. In the first week, a diagnostic is posted for you to get some feedback on how closely your editing corresponds to the current CMS. Each week, a lecture is posted, as well as practice material that covers the points taken up in the lecture. Reading assignments are posted for each week. Please note that although the reading assignments may appear to be short, do not be deceived into believing that any reading assignment in CMS is quick work! Working together during these four weeks may well give many of you the confidence and background to work comfortably with CMS 16. For others it may be the beginning of doing so. In either case, I hope that everyone will gain valuable experience here. And don't forget: we all learn from each other.

A freelance writer and editor for over twenty-five years, Barbara Magalnick has written and edited materials in fields as diverse as history, art history, medicine, law, literature, and language. Her publications include English by Television, English Reader, Brush Up Your English, Lawmaking in the United States, and Safe Conduct. She wrote Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication for EFA. Before launching her freelance career, she worked at several major publishing houses. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches in UC Berkeley's online certificate program for editors. Barbara is a member of The Authors Guild, a trustee of the Carnegie Fund for Authors, and a board member of EFA. She can be found at barbaramagalnick.com, as well as all the usual social media sites.

EFA members $144 — nonmembers $169

Registration is closed for this class.

NEW! e-Editing: Put Down That Paper and Pen

October 30 – November 20
Online

Editing print on paper is a waning art. As workflows move onto the computer screen and clients become more comfortable working with off-site editors, electronic editing becomes an essential skill. This course will explore methods to make electronic editing efficient in both the manuscript and page proof stages. Half the course will focus on Word documents, and the other half on PDF.

You will experiment with the best practices for editing on-screen, and be given several options for achieving the goals. Assessment will be based on applying the technical skills, not quality of editing. You will be encouraged to choose a method that works best for you, and for your clients.

You should have a knowledge of:

— proofreader's marks

— file creation and management

— menu options and navigation

— basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting

— mousing and keyboard navigation

You will need:

— Word (any version but, for best results, not an equivalent program)

— PDF mark-up software such as iAnnotate, Acrobat (full or pro versions, not the Reader version), or another similar program that allows writing pen marks and typing on a PDF page

— email and web access, YouTube video replay abilities

Adrienne Montgomerie began her editing career at a pivotal point in the history of editing — when workflows were moving from hard copy to on-screen. As with most editors at the time, Adrienne learned editing on the job, finding the best practices through trial and error, and thanks to the considerable feedback of editorial supervisors and production departments. She works for Canada's major and independent educational publishers as a developmental and copy editor (and very occasionally for publishers in the US and overseas). There are more than 77 titles and 15 years under her belt — all of which she has done as a full-time freelancer, handling paper only sparsely, for the first couple of years.

To learn more about Adrienne, visit her website at catchthesun.net and her blog at blog.catchthesun.net.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

NEW! Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook

WEBINAR: Katharine O'Moore-Klopf is back again with must-have hints about marketing with social media!

CANCELLED


Webinar (You'll receive a link to log on after registering)

Cold calls, cold e-mails, and letter-writing campaigns aren't the only ways to get new clients anymore. LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter take the anxiety out of prospecting for clients. Because they're dynamic rather than static, they're excellent tools for showing rather than telling about your services and what it's like to work with you.

In this 90-minute webinar, learn how to how to find prospective clients and what to do to intrigue them. This course will not cover the basics of how to create your profiles on the social media Big 3, but it will touch on the do's and don'ts of profile particulars. Participants should already have at least basic LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles set up before the webinar.

During the course, we will visit some participants' LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles. When you sign up for the webinar, please e-mail the EFA office at office AT the-efa.org, using "Social Media Webinar" in the subject line, and provide links to your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.

Instructions for setting up a LinkedIn profile: homebusiness.about.com/od/socialnetworking/tp/Linkedin-Guide.htm

Instructions for setting up a Facebook profile: facebook.com/help/sign-up

Instructions for setting up a Twitter account: support.twitter.com/articles/100990-how-to-sign-up-on-twitter#

Since 1995, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf has helped researchers in more than 20 nations get their articles published in more than 35 US and UK biomedical journals by removing language barriers. She has been using social media since 2009 to attract new clients. You can find her at linkedin.com/in/kokedit on LinkedIn, and at facebook.com/K.OMooreKlopf on Facebook. On Twitter, where she networked her way into coauthoring a book, she is @KOKEdit. Visit her web site at kokedit.com.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

Registration is closed for this class.
 

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