Activities of EFA's Pacific NW chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Jennifer Jill Esmay, chapter coordinator, at. 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.
General Meeting & Networking: Seattle
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Local EFAers met at the Seattle Public Library.
Holiday General Meeting: Portland
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Pacific Northwest EFA members and guests met at Boyd's Coffee in Portland to network and plan future activities.
Chapter Events, Course Offerings & Future Meetings
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
EFA Members in the Pacific Northwest held a general meeting at the end of August to organize chapter events.
Wine Tasting Event!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Our first event in Oregon was held at Oregon Wines at 515 SW Broadway. The first glass was on EFA!
Meeting of the Minds at Icon
Saturday, July 22, 2006
The Icon Grill. Time to put away the keyboard and manuscripts for a couple of hours to meet your local colleagues! Like the hiking event, this wa a social event for members. However, anyone seriously interested in joining EFA and guests of members was welcome to attend. It was fun.
On the Trail
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Ready to enjoy the sun and get a really good hike in this Spring? Let's put the Scrabble board away. No speakers, either. It's all about us. It's all about getting out and enjoying the PNW with your peers. Point Defiance Park (5400 N. Pearl Street) in Tacoma, WA. Our proposed 5 miles wa a VERY optimistic goal.
Saturday, December 3, 2005
--Launching a Freelance Business 101.
Speaker Lisa Owens of Owens Editorial Ink in Issaquah, WA, shared her experiences with launching a freelance business. She discussed how she finds and keeps clients, maintains her websites, deals with setbacks, and handles the day-to-day issues that come with working for herself and by herself. Working from a home office, Lisa offers a full range of writing, editing, and consulting services to children's curriculums, trade book, magazine, and online publishers. She specializes in writing and editing materials for the school and library market, including supplemental curriculum materials, test-prep guides, and books (both fiction and nonfiction). To date, she has edited thousands of published works, written dozens of articles and book reviews, and authored 45+ books for children and young adults. Lisa's editorial services website is owenseditorialink.com, and her author site is llowens.com.
--Thinking About Working Abroad? Speaker Kenneth Gillgren was involved as a rewriter for nearly twenty years, including six years in Japan as General Manager of International Marketing Communications with a Tokyo-based company. I've primarily handled material translated from Japanese for annual reports, newletters, corporate profiles, advertisements, video scripts, corporate social responsibility reports, for such clients as Fujisankei Communications, Fujifilm, Asahi Breweries, Bandai, and Nikkei. My background also includes extensive experience in community development and non-profit organizations, including eleven years with Casey Family Programs, a national foster care foundation, where I provided both technical and communications support for strategy planning and stakeholder engagement. Since 1992, I have served as a contractor for a Japanese-based production company, for whom I provide rewriting, copy writing, and editing services, as well as the evaluation of other rewriters and exploration of overseas business expansion.
--Why Joining the Writers Union is a Good Thing for a Young Writer. Speaker Justin Silves is a native Washingtonian, having been born here, in Renton, though I've spent my life traveling and living overseas in such places as Africa, Asia, South America, Central America, and North America. "I have been writing for most of my life, having started with poetry, and moved on to articles, reviews, interviews, manuals, Web text, and more. I have a BS degree in Technical Communication from Florida Tech, in Melbourne, FL, and am currently working on a certificate in Scientific and Technical writing from BCC. I am a relatively new member to the Writers Union, and was recently elected Chairman of the Seattle chapter."
Visual Stylebook: Using the rules of copy editing to evaluate design
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Speaker Heather Hopp is the lead sports designer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She's also been a columnist at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Bay Area design editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and the news graphics editor at the Missoulian. She also taught a course on informational graphics at the University of Montana.
Copyrights and Trademarks
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Presenter Jennifer Scully, is an attorney at Seed IP Law (a Seattle intellectual property law firm). Bring your questions, because Jennifer is ready!
Where Are The Technical Writing & Editing Gigs & What Courses Can You Take In The Pacific Northwest
Friday, August 27, 2004
Presenter Jen Coates-Conroy, Chapter coordinator, is a freelance writer and editor of over eight years, also teaches business communications at local community colleges.
The Mechanics of Successful Material
Saturday, May 8, 2004
Christopher J. Jarmick, author and TV producer, is a poet and co-author of the mystery suspense thriller, The Glass Cocoon (2001, with Serena F. Holder) and Poems for the Working Class (1984). Before moving to Seattle 10 years ago, he worked as a television producer, director and continues to write screenplays. His credits include: Hard Copy, Entertainment Tonight, numerous PBS documentaries and more. Several of his short stories, interviews, and essays have been published in TABLET, Seattle Times, Cult Cuts Magazine, Beacon Hill News and many others. He wrote the award winning one-act play: Disturbing the Peace. His poetry has recently been published in The Cambridge Book Review, South District Journal, Real Change, PoetsWest Literary Journal, Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry, Meeting of the Minds Journal, Peeks and Valleys, in the anthology; Dewdrops at Dawn and others. His 30 part prose poem, “Red House Tavern Tales” is being published serial style by Washington DC 's Brutarian Magazine. He's featured in Who's Who in Entertainment; is a founding member and current President of PEN-Washington (www.PENWA.ORG), and is also on the board of the Washington Poets Association (www.washingtonpoets.org).
Saturday, December 13, 2003
(1) Media/Advertsing/Editing (12 Noon-12:40 pm); (2) the role of editors and types of editing (1 -1:40 pm); (3) manuscript evaluation/critiquing a manuscript: pros and cons (2-3 pm). After each workshop a 20-minute Q&A session was held.
Freelancing opportunities at the Business Examiner
Saturday, July 20, 2002
The speaker was George Pica, Senior Editor at the Business Examiner, who gave us the low-down on how to secure freelancing gigs with the Business Examiner.
Monday, October 1, 2001
This informal meeting is an opportunity for you to network with your local colleagues, to brainstorm ideas about events that we can have, and to plan future meeting dates. Refreshments will be available. Feel free to invite your freelance colleagues to this meeting.
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