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Session 2: 2007 Education Catalog Archive

Copyediting Basics

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Cultivating Your Client List

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Substantive Editing Clinic

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Writing from Healthy Starts:
Exercises that Foster Creative Writing

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Advanced Substantive Editing Clinic

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Writing a Winning Book Proposal

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Copyediting Basics

Always Popular, Online Course

Thursdays, October 11 – November 15 (six online sessions)

Participants will learn essential copyediting skills: untangling common grammatical errors; distinguishing between punctuation rules and styles; establishing or working with number style; and applying language editing with a light hand that respects an author's voice. Gain a seasoned editor's tips on using lesser-known features of the dictionary and finding what you need, fast, in The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition). Coursework includes on-screen exercises using MS Word and readings from The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn. Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele include Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Washington Law & Politics. She's an instructor in the University of Washington's editing certificate program. In twenty-eight years in publishing, Fulsaas has been a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

"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 $135 — nonmembers $160

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Cultivating Your Client List

Back by Request, Online Course

Tuesdays, October 16 – November 6 (four online sessions)

Most editorial freelancers will tell you they get their clients by word of mouth. But the savviest freelancers know that harvesting clients is the fastest route to success. In this class, we'll discuss ways to develop a niche, target dream clients, weed out deadbeats, and shamelessly self-promote (even if you're an introvert). Whether you're a writer, editor, indexer, or designer, this course will show you how a little planning and chutzpah can go a long way toward growing your client list.

Instructor Michelle Goodman is author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. She fled the cube in 1992 to become a freelance writer and has yet to look back. Her essays and articles have appeared in several anthologies and such publications as Salon, Bust, Bitch, and Bark. To keep a roof over her head, she wrangles print and online text for book publishers, high-tech empires, and peddlers of new-age philosophy. She regularly blogs at www.anti9to5guide.com.

"It was excellent . . . clear, meaningful, enjoyable — and I would add comprehensive. I've learned a lot."
"I especially enjoyed the homework because it forced me to do things like evaluate my clients, figure out the type of clients I really want, look at my marketing material, and tackle self-promotion."

EFA members $125 — nonmembers $150

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Substantive Editing Clinic

Back by Request, One-Day Workshop

Saturday, November 3 (9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
EFA office, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York City

This intensive one-day clinic focuses on editing for clarity. A hands-on course, it is built around exercises — ranging from individual sentences to paragraphs — that develop close reading, effective querying, and efficient editing. The course assumes knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style, and it provides an outstanding introduction to substantive editing.

Instructor Maron L. Waxman, retired editorial director, special projects, at the American Museum of Natural History, was also editorial director of trade reference at HarperCollins and of book development at Book-of-the-Month Club. She has taught in both the NYU and CUNY publishing programs and has led editorial workshops at Editorial Experts and several writers' and editors' conferences.

One of last year's attendees said "the material was challenging but easy to understand. I was fully engaged in it the entire time. I'd definitely recommend the course." Another praised Maron L. Waxman as "a master teacher — very knowledgeable, astute, highly experienced, and full of helpful examples and stories."

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $180

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Writing from Healthy Starts:
Exercises that Foster Creative Writing

New, Online Course

Wednesdays, November 7 – 28 (four online sessions)

Using exercises from the instructor's three books on keeping a writer's journal, participants will get going in the direction of personal essays, poems, and stories — effortlessly and without dragging their feet. The instructor will assign exercises with multiple variations and, in a collaborative atmosphere, help participants see what they might do with what they have created. You will practice "generative writing," which helps you find space and time to start writing things you may not even have realized you had in you. The exercises require little effort and they help you come at things "slant," as Emily Dickinson suggested we must. Join this fun, inspiring class and find out more about the topics and images you have inside. The work is structured around four sessions; however, the instructor plans to build in some flexibility around Thanksgiving (as needed) and may extend course discussions beyond the final advertised session date.

Instructor Sheila Bender is the author of eight books on writing, including Writing and Publishing Personal Essays and Writing in a New Convertible with the Top Down. She publishes Writing It Real, an online magazine for people who write from personal experience at www.writingitreal.com. And she has been a feature writer, columnist, and book reviewer for publications such as Writer's Digest, The Writer, The World and Poet Lore. In 2005, she wrote the content for Chronicle Software's journaling program LifeJournal for Writers. Her essays and poems appear online and in numerous North American literary magazines and anthologies.

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $125

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Advanced Substantive Editing Clinic

Back By Request, One-Day Workshop

Saturday, November 10 (9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
EFA office, 71 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York City

Picking up where the Substantive Editing Clinic leaves off, this advanced workshop taught by Maron L. Waxman (see her bio above) provides editors with techniques for editing instructions, identifying and correcting weak organization, assessing the quality and accuracy of the writer's information, setting the correct tone for the intended audience, and creating an effective relationship with the writer. All work is based on actual manuscripts. This course stands alone but assumes a working knowledge of material covered in the basic workshop.

About last year's workshop, one attendee raved, "Fantastic! Maron was a great teacher. I would highly recommend it."

EFA members $160 — nonmembers $185

DISCOUNT: Save 20 percent when you sign up for both substantive editing clinics!

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Writing a Winning Book Proposal

New, Half-Day Workshop

Saturday, December 1 (12:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
Bertona 2 at Seattle Pacific University, 103 West Bertona, Seattle, WA

Whether you're a writer looking to hook an agent or a publisher or a freelance editor working with writers hoping to be published, knowing how to create a winning proposal is an essential skill in today's competitive publishing marketplace. No agent or in-house editor has time these days for romantic dinners or long walks on the beach. Instead, your ability to sell your ideas and writing, or those of your client, is dependent upon a relatively brief written pitch: the proposal. Two former acquisitions editors demystify what publishers and agents are looking for and share the most common reason authors get rejected. We'll also go in-depth and cover the basics of great proposals, from titles that sing to effective marketing points.

Instructors Leslie Miller and Ingrid Emerick have intimate knowledge of the "slush pile" — that purgatory for would-be authors — with twenty-five years of publishing experience between them. Former editorial executives at Seal Press and Avalon Publishing, they currently run Girl Friday Productions, an editorial consulting and book development company. Leslie is also the editor of Women Who Eat, and the executive editor of MomsRising.org. Ingrid is the co-editor of a range of published titles, including the recently released Go Your Own Way, and also teaches editing at the University of Washington.

EFA members $100 — nonmembers $125

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.
 

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