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North Carolina

The North Carolina chapter is looking for EFA members to participate. Look out for announcements here, on the members-only discussion list and on our social media outlets!

Activities of EFA's NCarolina chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Adam Rosen, chapter coordinator, at chap_nc AT the-efa.org. You must be an EFA member to join an EFA chapter. Chapter events are open to all members, guests of members, and freelancers interested in joining EFA.

Next Meeting



Previous Meetings

Holiday Social

Monday, December 15, 2014

Join us for our Holiday Social, where we chat, eat, and make merry! We will purchase appetizers for the group, and you may buy your own drinks and/or meals.

Venue: Trali Irish pub at Brier Creek (Cottage Bar) Time: 6 pm Date: Monday, December 15, 2014

Bring cards and your smile!

Summer Social

Saturday, August 2, 2014

We are having a low-key social gathering on Saturday, Aug 2, at 3 pm at the Cameron Village Library (room 202A). Come shoot the breeze, talk about business or life, talk about clients and share leads and tips! We will be in the library room for an hour, then we can adjourn to a local restaurant or coffee shop for continued fellowship.

Reminder: NO FOOD is allowed in the library meeting room.

DO: Bring lots of business cards!

Quarterly meeting w/ chair yoga demo

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Durham County South Library 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27713 What: bring your own brown bag, we'll supply drinks. General meeting and social, then a chair yoga mini-class to help you stay healthy and flexible.

Winter Meeting

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 1, 2-4 pm at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. We'll likely to repair to a local establishment for beverages of choice afterward.

No specific topic this time; this will just be an opportunity to reconnect and make plans for the coming year. Look forward to seeing you all there!

EFA-NC Winter Meeting

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Our next meeting will be Saturday, December 1, 2-4 pm at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. We'll likely to repair to a local establishment for beverages of choice afterward.

This will be an informal meeting. Rather than having an invited speaker, we'll talk about business plans--what goes into them and why you might (or might not) need one. Do you have a business plan? Have you ever thought about making one? If you have a business plan, we hope you'll share your thoughts about what led you to create it and how you approached it. (And if you're willing to share your written plan, we'd love to see it--although we understand if you'd rather not.)

NC Chapter Meeting - Tax Planning for Freelancers

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's never too early to think about taxes! Accountant Jerry Monahan will join us to talk about tax issues for freelancers, the tax advantages and liabilities of different business structures, and ways to manage your tax burden. He'll also answer your questions.

Charlotte Get-Together

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Come out and meet our western NC members! No particular topic for this meeting, other than meeting each other and gathering ideas for getting more members from around the state engaged.

We'll meet at the Cafe in the Barnes & Noble at Carolina Pines Mall. Here's a map: http://bit.ly/lWmDoz

Coffee's on us, so come on out! New and prospective members more than welcome, as always.

NC Chapter Meeting-Using a CMS to Build a Website

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Our topic will be building a website for your business using WordPress or another content management system. Our speaker is Amy Hendrix, a local web designer who specializes in designing sites for small businesses using WordPress and Drupal. She'll offer some insight on why you want a site, what you should include, and why a CMS might be the way to go! If there's time and interest, she might offer an overview of WordPress, which is the most common such system.

NC Chapter Meeting

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The NC chapter will meet on July 17 at 10:30 am at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. Pat Inman and MaryAnne Gobble will be co-coordinating. And the topic will be truly useful: "How do we take expertise from other professional lives (and from hobbies, and from things we do or know) and make a living with it in publishing?" If you can't make the meeting, but want to share your experience, send Pat or MaryAnne an email.

NC Chapter meeting April 10

Saturday, April 10, 2010

For this meeting, we'll be returning to the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. Instead of working, we're going to play. Scrabble (can't let the NY contingent have all the fun), perhaps Speed Scrabble, and there are some other tempting possibilities. So far, there seems to be more interest in a morning meeting...final details to follow.

NC Chapter Meeting January 16

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Our January 16 meeting worked out pretty well - good turnout, and the expected basketball game-related traffic jams didn't affect us. On-screen editing was the topic, but of course, there was also plenty of networking. We were pleased to welcome two guests, both of whom jumped right in with questions and ideas. Next meeting will be in Raleigh, by request, and probably on April 10. Stay tuned.

NC Chapter Meeting Rescheduled

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The NC chapter's next meeting has been re-scheduled for December 5 at the Chapel Hill library. This has proven to be a most welcoming location. The topic will be on-screen editing, done hands-on as it was on August 1, and we will be meeting from 10:30 to about 3:30 to allow enough time. Come when you can, bring your laptop and your best tips, tricks, and questions! And bring a bag lunch; that way we can keep working.

Next NC EFA meeting

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The NC chapter met August 1 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The topic, done hands-on style, was on-screen editing, with particular attention given to tips, tricks, and techniques such as advanced search, macros, file cleaners, etc. Nearly all brought a laptop, and we ran out of time long before everyone's questions were answered. Multiple "favorite references" were identified, and a number of them were handed around in hard copy for a brief review. This topic was so strongly received that we are planning our next meeting around it, and may extend the time to three or more hours - perhaps even all day.

April Meeting-moved

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The NC chapter met on May 2 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. What a great location! Big conference room, one wall all glass with a view out to a thick green forest. We hope to be able to get that room again.

The topic was Social Networking and non-Internet face to face networking, with emphasis on social networking because of its relative newness and rapidly-changing face.

The consensus seemed to be that a presence on LinkedIn or Twitter or Facebook might not guarantee future work, but it's something that prospective clients are probably going to use to find freelancers. It can also take the place of a formal website, for someone who isn't in a financial position to develop and support a website.

January 2009 Meeting

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The NC chapter met at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh on Saturday, January 31. Twelve hardy souls (a new EFA member or two, several welcome guests, and a group of EFA stalwarts) made the trek, some from as far away as 160 miles.

The topic was Getting Through Hard Times -- staying sane as the economy hits the skids, weathering a downturn -- but just as important, the emotional and personal hard times -- dealing with fear, getting through freelance rejection, beating the blues. As always, there was much thoughtful discussion, and more than one nugget of wisdom.

Fall Meeting

Saturday, November 8, 2008

This fall meeting of the North Carolina chapter was co-chaired by Nancy House and Pat Inman in a tag-team format, which worked quite well. The topic was Editors' Tools: favorite references, style sheets, and editing & business practices. Members brought examples of the references that are important in your niche of the publishing world, sample style sheets, and other tools they use to organize information for editing, writing, indexing, project coordination, marketing, and business & financial record-keeping. Pat brought a virtual library of reference books; everyone contributed something.

The Business of Freelancing

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The next meeting will be held at the Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. By member request, the topic will be the business of freelancing, to include invoicing and bookkeeping, setting and raising rates, how to keep enough work but not get burned out, how to know which jobs to accept or decline, managing your overhead costs, etc. Coffee/tea and light goodies (to include Carol Rawleigh's brownies, I have it on good authority) will be served.

Marketing Yourself

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The NC chapter spring meeting was held at the Cameron Village library in Raleigh. Ten hardy souls braved the famous local traffic to attend. Three were guests; two of them are interested in joining the EFA. A sumptuous, but healthy, mid-afternoon snack was served by EFA member Rachel Hardy (thanks, Rachel!). The topic was Marketing Yourself, an evergreen topic that produced some interesting ideas during the usual lively exchange — perhaps a result of the participants' widely divergent specialties and circumstances.

New Year's Resolutions for Freelancers

Saturday, January 26, 2008

This new meeting location at Cameron Village Library turned out well for EFA members in and around Raleigh. We arranged a room for eight, but had to bring in chairs for two more (a good problem to have). The group included two new members and a guest. The meeting evolved into an intensive, energetic discussion about what it takes to get started in editorial freelancing. The questions and answers triggered many side discussions and led to any number of new networking connections. We even had an unexpected visitor, a young woman from the library staff who would love to get into editorial freelancing and who stopped in to introduce herself.

Social and Networking Meeting

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Beating Burnout

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Getting Started as a Freelance Magazine Writer

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Paula Spencer spoke about writing for magazines. We are in the process of writing up the talk on Getting Started as a Freelance Magazine Writer for an article to appear in a future edition of The Freelancer.


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Held at the May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, NC 27215.

Organizing Your Home Office for Success

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Professional organizer Katrina Solomon addressed the topic of Organizing Your Home Office for Success. As an extra perk, Katrina has agreed to give a free one-hour consultation to a lucky attendee.

Where Do You Find Freelance Work?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Come with three ideas for a chance to win BIG! Added attraction: a silent auction (and no money required)

Project Management and Editing Skills

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Our speakers include editors from the nationally acclaimed publisher, Algonquin Books.


Saturday, July 9, 2005

Come and enjoy fellowship with other freelancers. A variety of appetizers/desserts were provided! At this informal meeting, we discussed FA business (including the upcoming National Conference), results of our annual survey (what topics meetings we'll cover for the coming year), and projects and types of editing our members were working on.

Marketing for Freelancers: Five Steps to Success

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Kim Fields, chapter leader, led a discussion on marketing that included five main points: discovering the difference marketing can make for your business, developing a marketing plan, focusing on clients, CLIP (How will clients find you/locate your contact info?), and don't forget to budget!

UNC-Chapel Hill Freelancing

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Guest speaker Ron Maner, Managing Editor, UNC-Chapel Hill Press, spoke about how to find out about freelancing positions with his press, what he looks for in a freelance copy editor/proofreader, why he re-hires a freelancer, and what type of work he has for freelancers. He’ll also answer your questions!

Tax Help for the Self-Employed

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Jennifer Clark, CPA, who is also self-employed, discussed SEP retirement plans, the benefits of incorporation, tax breaks for freelancers, and software accounting systems.

Negotiating Rates

Thursday, July 8, 2004

Sheila Buff, a longtime EFA member who has served both as a co-executive director and treasurer of the organization, can count books that have made the New York Times Best Seller list among her many freelance accomplishments. Hear her expertise on topics that are critical to building a successful freelance career: how to negotiate a rate with a new client, how much to charge to realize a realistic profit, when to ask a client for a raise, what other freelancers nationwide are charging.

Tech-Savvy Editing

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Speaker Karen McMahan of Do-It-Write Inc. highlighted the following areas: working with long-distance clients, on-screen editing, using a website as a marketing tool, and résumé tips for freelancers.

Building Your Website Using a CMS

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

We'll meet at the Caribou Coffee at 1406 E. Franklin St. (at the corner of Franklin and Estes) in Chapel Hill.(We have the room from 9:30-12:30, to allow a bit of breathing space, and of course you're free to hang out at Caribou as long as you like . . . ) Provided there's interest, we'll adjourn to a nearby restaurant for lunch afterward. Our speaker will join us.


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