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Conferences, Courses, Chapter Meetings for Freelancers

Spring 2016 Education Catalog

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Advance registration is always required for EFA courses, to which nonmembers as well as members are welcome. Be sure to register early to avoid missing out.

Registration for webinars closes two business days before the webinar takes place. Registration for online courses closes two business days before the start date of the course. Note that we cannot accommodate late registrations.

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* For information on how EFA's online courses and webinars are conducted, see the Education Program page.

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (Online)

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Copyediting: Beginning (Online)--Session 2

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Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (Online)--Session 2

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Freelancing/Editing Basics/Websites Combo (set of 3 Webinars)

Freelancing 101 (Webinar)

NEW! Copyediting: Advanced

Brush Up on Your Numeracy Skills (Webinar)

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Online)

Copyediting: Intermediate (Online)--Session 2


Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (Online)

April 11—May 2 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

In Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction, we'll be focusing on doing a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on. If you prefer to use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client's project or a friend's work), that's fine. The class material does not focus on the specifics of the class manuscript (some of the discussion on the forum may do so). In this four-week class, we'll focus on reviewing the principles of developmental editing, making an editorial plan, providing an appropriate critique, and more. But the main thrust of the work will be your editing an actual manuscript and having the instructor guide those edits.

In this class, feedback regarding your edits will be one-on-one, but everyone is free to share ideas, questions, comments, and concerns on the forum.

NOTE: The course is available only to those who have already taken Developmental Editing for Fiction Intermediate.


“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Fiction.

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting: Beginning (Online)--Session 2

Wednesday, April 20-June 1 (6 weeks of class)
Online (Sakai)

This online course is an introduction to Copyediting. Participants should know basic grammar and punctuation and be able to use Microsoft Word, including track changes. (The course does not teach Word skills.) Assignments must be submitted in Word. Students will learn the basic concepts and skills of copy editing, using Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook.

The course will cover the following basics:

  • Week 1
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Levels of editing and types of editors
  • Editorial process
  • Editing checklist
  • Handy keystrokes (for Mac and PC)
  • Week 2
  • Assessing and prepping the manuscript
  • Working with track changes and find and replace
  • Copyediting terms and symbols
  • Week 3
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Week 4
  • Style guides, style sheets
  • Other reference guides
  • Week 5
  • Fact-checking
  • Querying
  • Week 6
  • Editing quoted material
  • Editing figures, tables, and other visual elements
  • Checking table of contents
  • Wrap-up

Required texts:

  • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
  • Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Instructor Lourdes Venard is founder of Comma Sense Editing (http://www.commonsense.net), which provides services to individual authors and businesses. She has 30 years of writing and editing experience, including at major newspapers Newsday, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post. She also teaches copyediting through an online course at the University of California, San Diego, and is active in the American Copy Editors Society, having served as a scholarship judge for 11 years.

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (Online)--Session 2

April 20-June 1; June 15-July 20
Online (Sakai)

See the individual descriptions for Copyediting: Beginner Level and Copyediting: Intermediate Level.


"Thank you for the specific 'takeaways' for this assignment as well as the detailed feedback on my own submission. As with the other assignments, your commentary and its precision often have identified the exact places where I was most challenged to step wisely (and of course pointed exactly where I missed something completely). For me, a light edit is much harder than a heavier edit when the text demands the attention. Also maintaining a sliding scale of attention: having to stay alert for the smallest errors or stylistic consistencies as well as the biggest moves is a discipline in itself. Much appreciated."

EFA members $206 — nonmembers $238

DISCOUNT of 20% for those who sign up for both levels of Copyediting.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Freelancing/Editing Basics/Websites Combo (set of 3 Webinars)

For Beginners--Overview of Where to Start

May 17, 26, and 31; 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

See individual listings for more details. This is a combination 3-webinar course offered by Ruth Thaler-Carter.

EFA members $94 — nonmembers $108

Combo rate for 3 webinars by Ruth Thaler-Carter

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Freelancing 101 (Webinar)

For Beginners

May 17, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

Find out what it takes to jump-start your dream of living the freelance lifestyle: setting up and organizing, finding work, networking, using resources, getting paid, combating isolation, and more from an EFA colleague who's been there and done that, resulting in a successful freelance career for many years. Energize your freelance efforts with practical, upbeat insights into the joys and challenges of freelancing. (Even seasoned freelancers will garner new insights and useful suggestions.)

Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is the author of the EFA's "Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business"; author/publisher of "Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer"; and creator and host of the annual "Be a Better Freelancer"® conference of Communication Central. She writes about and presents on freelancing for the Society for Technical Communication (STC), American Copy Editors Society (ACES), Writers and Books, Association of Independent Information Professionals, An American Editor blog, and more.

“The instructor had a firm command of the content; I felt that her previous and current experience as an editorial professional in a variety of different media qualified her to speak on the subjects presented. I was happy with the presentation style; Ruth seemed very down to earth and friendly, and I felt that her easygoing delivery made me feel as if I was having a casual and informative conversation with a friend.”

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

See "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

» Register now!

NEW! Copyediting: Advanced

May 18 and 25; June 1 and 8 (4 weeks)
Online Sakai

This course is intended for the experienced editor who wants to strengthen basic skills and build on them to move toward working with more difficult and dense manuscripts, whether in fiction or nonfiction. Despite our limited time, we will look at both fiction and nonfiction works, keeping in mind that this is advanced copyediting, and should not be confused with developmental editing, or indeed any other type of editing.

This course deals with a basic approach to working with manuscripts that are in need of more than a simple copyedit. In some cases, the problems may not be many but perhaps more subtle than what a copyeditor with limited experience might be able to identify or have the experience to deal with in a smooth way. Many novice copyeditors often miss what we would expect a more experienced editor to recognize as something in need of a fix and know how to fix it.

The course, of four weeks in duration, addresses some of the more problematic issues for editors such as getting a feel for knowing the difference between editing for verbosity and recognizing good emphasis. We discuss working with authors and keeping a good relationship between editor and author. Review of parallelism, dangling modifiers, transitions, and other issues such as how to handle dialects in fiction will be discussed. We know that despite fiction having its own rules, so to speak, it is still important to know the rules before breaking them. In nonfiction, it is expected that an editor work at the level of formal Standard English and be able to deal with documentation.

About the Instructor

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.

Course Materials

  • Chicago Manual of Style. (16th ed.) 2010
  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed). 2004 copyright or later
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (DEU) Not required but highly recommended
  • Sin and Syntax. Constance Hale. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2013.
  • The Copyeditor's Handbook. Amy Einsohn (3rd ed.) University of California Press, 2011
  • Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English. (3rd ed.) Patricia T. O'Conner. Riverhead Trade, 2009.

EFA members $89 — nonmembers $99

» Register now!

Brush Up on Your Numeracy Skills (Webinar)

May 24, 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
GoToWebinar

Do you feel lost at times when you are reading numbers and statistics? Many editors and writers excel in language but may lag behind in math skills. In this webinar participants will learn about conventions of numbers: when to spell them out and when to keep them as numerals. We will review how to summarize distributions of data and consider ways to help understand very large and very small numbers. Finally, we will look at some effective and deceptive ways in which data are presented visually.

The instructor Tom Lang will cover:

  • Numerals or words?
  • Description statistics: mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, standard deviation
  • Understanding very small and very big numbers: What a trillion really look like?
  • Visual numeracy: Problems with areas, angles, and scales

Tom Lang, MA, Principal of Tom Lang Communications and Training International, is an author's editor specializing in preparing manuscripts related to evidence-based medicine and clinical research. He also provides training services in medical writing, scientific publications, and written communication. Much of his training is international. He is the author of How to Report Statistics in Medicine, an established reference in evidence-based medicine and medical writing, and of How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences, which was selected by the Society for Technical Communication as one of the top 100 technical communications books of 1991-2012. He has taught on the University of Chicago's Medical Writing and Editing Certificate Program since its inception in 1998. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago's Graham School of General Studies. His master's degree in Communication is from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

» Register now!

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)

For Beginners--What to Consider in Starting Your Editing/Proofreading Business

May 26, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
GoToWebinar

If you're one of those people with strong skills in grammar and a sharp eye for typographical errors and clunky writing who is interested in working as an editor or proofreader, or if you want to improve your understanding of basic editing and proofreading skills and processes, this class is for you. Topics include necessary skills and characteristics, marks and symbols, important style manuals, editing vs. proofreading, levels of editing, using Microsoft Word and Acrobat/PDFs, and working effectively with clients and colleagues. You will also expand your files of helpful resources, including publications, organizations and more. This practical overview is applicable to both freelance and in-house colleagues. Please note that it is NOT a skills course in editing and proofreading.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provides editing and proofreading services to a wide variety of clients, from magazines and newsletters to law, marketing and PR firms; websites; individuals; and businesses large and small. She has presented this class for the EFA, STC, Writers and Books, ACES, and other professional organizations.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

See "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

» Register now!

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)

For Beginners--the Basics

May 31, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

Being a talented freelance writer, editor, proofreader or other editorial professional is not enough to get clients these days. You also have to get noticed on the World Wide Web, and that means having your own website. Get tips on why writers should have websites, how to get a site started, whether and how to find and use templates, costs, crafting "content" that gets noticed, finding and working with designers, and developing an effective design that will help attract readers and publishers to your work. Examples will include sites that illustrate both what to do and what not to do. Note: This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter maintains and updates her own website and has created, revamped or updates/maintains sites for several clients. She has written about and presented on this topic for the EFA, STC, Writers and Books, ACES and other professional organizations.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

See "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Online)

New Self-Study Format with Webinars

June 1, 2016 (Enroll any time after June 1, 2016, and take up to 6 months to complete)
Online (Sakai)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction is an new format—an online self-study class for editors interested in working with writers to develop their nonfiction articles and books. Typically, students have some experience with editing but haven't done much in the way of developmental editing and want an overview of the knowledge and skills involved. The eight lessons in this self-paced class cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in action, how to edit for the reader and the client, and more. The first half of the class focuses on short-length pieces. The second half focuses on book-length manuscripts. There is no instructor feedback for this course, though each lesson includes an answer key with a sample edit so that you can track your progress. The instructor also offers webinars about once a month to answer questions related to the developmental editing of nonfiction. The webinar schedule will be communicated to enrollees well ahead of each date. Webinars will also be recorded for those who cannot join a particular session.

NOTE: The course focuses on the craft of nonfiction developmental editing rather than the business of developmental editing.

Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.

Enroll in this class any time starting June 1, 2016, and take up to 6 months to complete the lessons. You may download lessons and resources for later use.


“The instructor, Jennifer Lawler, was remarkably thorough and specific in her feedback. It was clear she has read not only the works we were editing, but also our edits, very carefully. Likewise, she was clear and specific in her expectations (such as due dates), which I appreciate.”

EFA members $139 — nonmembers $159

This Introductory Special Price is good for registrations received through August 1, 2016.

» Register now!

Copyediting: Intermediate (Online)--Session 2

Wednesday, June 15-July 20 (6 weeks of class)
Online (Sakai)

This 5-week online course in Copyediting assumes that participants have a basic knowledge of copyediting skills and are interested in honing their skills in querying, preserving author voice and style, and advanced grammar points (wordiness, sentence structure, parallelism, common writing flaws). Students will also learn how to be flexible and even "break the rules."

Required readings will be from the following texts:

  • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
  • Carol Saller's The Subversive Copyeditor

Instructor Lourdes Venard is founder of Comma Sense Editing (http://www.commonsense.net), which provides services to individual authors and businesses. She has 30 years of writing and editing experience, including at major newspapers Newsday, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post. She also teaches copyediting through an online course at the University of California, San Diego, and is active in the American Copy Editors Society, having served as a scholarship judge for 11 years.


"Thank you for the specific 'takeaways' for this assignment as well as the detailed feedback on my own submission. As with the other assignments, your commentary and its precision often have identified the exact places where I was most challenged to step wisely (and of course pointed exactly where I missed something completely). For me, a light edit is much harder than a heavier edit when the text demands the attention. Also maintaining a sliding scale of attention: having to stay alert for the smallest errors or stylistic consistencies as well as the biggest moves is a discipline in itself. Much appreciated."

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.
 

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