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Session 2: 2013 Education Catalog Archive

Intro to Editing for the Children's Book Market

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Proofreading

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Proofreading and Copyediting I Combo Class

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Cultivating Your Ecosystem to Build Your Business and Brand

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WordPress at 10,000 Feet

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The WordPress Webinar Series A To Z

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Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials

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

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e-Editing: Put Down That Paper and Pen

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Blogger Heaven

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Copyediting I

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Copyediting I (added session)

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Helping Authors Through the Self-Publishing Process (Seattle)

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Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle

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Getting the Most Out of The Chicago Manual of Style (Seattle)

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Developmental Editing for College Textbook Publishers

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Intro to Editing for the Children's Book Market

(WEBINAR)

Rescheduled until mid-February 2014--Date TBD
WEBINAR

Have you always wanted to work with children's books but never quite known how you might fit into the editorial process? In this jam-packed informational session, a children's publishing veteran will lead you through an overview of children's book markets and genres; discuss common freelance editorial roles within the industry; and share some must-have tools and resources for understanding the niche and doing quality work.

Instructor Lisa L. Owens has worked in children's publishing for 20+ years. During her first decade in the business, she held various in-house editorial positions—everything from proofreader to senior editor—while also freelancing on the side. She joined EFA in 2000, and in 2002 turned her part-time freelancing business into a full-time concern. Currently, she divides her time between editing fiction and writing her own books for young readers (both fiction and nonfiction). Lisa's various homes on the web include www.owenseditorialink.com, www.llowens.com, www.llowens.blogspot.com, and @LisaLOwens.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

Proofreading

Always a best seller! Kris is a great instructor!

Wednesdays, September 25-October 23
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.

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.

“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.

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Proofreading and Copyediting I Combo Class

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

Wednesdays, September 25-October 23; Mondays, October 28-November 25
Online

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $239 — nonmembers $279

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

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Cultivating Your Ecosystem to Build Your Business and Brand

(WEBINAR)

October 8, 2:00-3:00 pm EST
WEBINAR

All the business cards and LinkedIn contacts in the world can't guarantee you a robust stream of work. This webinar will highlight how, by taking an "ecosystem" approach to your network, you can improve the chances that your contacts will refer business to you. Since ecosystems are based on building relationships, they don't require the overt promotion that many freelancers dread. Two experienced small business owners will discuss the different ways they think about, categorize, and cultivate their ecosystems. Learn proven techniques for finding and assessing potential additions. Consider the benefits of ecosystems in terms of referrals, resources, and branding. Get tips for how to develop relationships without being seen as a pest. Build and leverage a thriving ecosystem that markets your business for you!

Jeanne McAdara-Berkowitz, PhD, has worked in medical communications for close to 13 years, but her freelance ecosystem really began while she completed her PhD at the Scripps Research Institute. She has carefully nurtured and expanded it through her years as a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA, her early career at a medical-device marketing communications agency, and her 10 years in solo practice.

Christine Welniak founded Upside Communications in 2005. She specializes in medical market research and writing, with deep experience in cardiovascular disease and stroke. Before going solo, Christine worked in investment bank/brokerage research departments for more than 10 years. While her business's initial focus was on working with Wall Street firms, the financial industry's meltdown in 2008 spurred Christine to diversify her revenue streams. It was a daunting task; she didn't know people in other industries, and the thought of cold calls or networking events made her shudder. By attending professional conferences, though, she developed a strong base of contacts that she has fostered and expanded. Now, the majority of her new business comes from her ecosystem.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

Registration is closed for this class.

WordPress at 10,000 Feet

(WEBINAR)

Thursday, October 10, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Webinar (You'll receive a link to Adobe Connect about a week before the date)

This overview is for the real beginner of WordPress to learn about its main features. Covered topics will include:

  • The famous 5-minute WordPress installation
  • A tour to the key features of a WordPress site admin
  • Creating first pages and posts with images and videos
  • Understanding the nature of a blog
  • Introduction to themes and plugins

This webinar is a must if you are just getting started or have tried WordPress (or wordpress.com) and are not sure how it works.

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

This webinar is one of four October Thursday webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

Registration is closed for this class.

The WordPress Webinar Series A To Z

(SERIES OF 4 WEBINARS)

Four Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, 31, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Webinar (You'll receive a link to Adobe Connect about a week before the date)

Thinking of learning WordPress? The EFA and New York City web design instructor Bud Kraus have the solution for you! Get started with WordPress and master its power as a web site–making tool. Select this series of 4 webinars that covers WordPress from top to bottom, including these topics:

  • WordPress at 10,000 Feet, October 10, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials, October 17, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Blogger Heaven, October 24, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle, October 31, 3:00-4:00 pm EST

See the individual course listings for a description of each.

You can take one or more individual webinars or this entire series, which is offered here at a 20% discount off the individual webinar prices.

Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q & A.

The starting time for each webinar is 3 PM EST.

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He is a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $124 — nonmembers $157

Choose the Webinar Series for a 20% discount off the individual price of the WordPress webinars.

Registration is closed for this class.

Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials

(WEBINAR)

Thursday, October 17, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Webinar (You'll receive a link to Adobe Connect about a week before the date)

Learn how to build out your site with this webinar that will cover the following topics:

  • What to look for when choosing a theme
  • Exploring a theme's key features—menus, widgets, templates, and more
  • Adding pages and managing them in your site
  • Creating links to pages on your site and to other sites
  • Learning how to practice safe WordPress with essential plugins

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

This webinar is one of four October Thursday webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

Registration is closed for this class.

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

(ONLINE)

October 21-November 11
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 $149 — nonmembers $174

Registration is closed for this class.

e-Editing: Put Down That Paper and Pen

ONLINE (4 weeks)

Tuesdays, October 22-November 12
ONLINE, 4 weeks

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)
  • Acrobat Reader or any paid version
  • E-mail 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 85 titles and 16 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.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

Registration is closed for this class.

Blogger Heaven

(WEBINAR)

Thursday, October 24, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Webinar (You'll receive a link to Adobe Connect about a week before the date)

Learn all the components of a blog to make it work best for you, including:

  • Adding and removing widgets
  • Using categories and tags
  • Managing comments
  • Understanding trackback and pingbacks
  • Using blog formatting

This webinar reviews one of the most essential elements of a good WordPress site—the blog!

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

This webinar is one of four October Thursday webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting I

Always popular and Kris Fulsaas rocks!

Mondays, October 28-November 25
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.

Copyediting I (added session)

Always popular and Kris Fulsaas rocks!

Wednesdays, October 30-November 27
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

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Helping Authors Through the Self-Publishing Process (Seattle)

Learn how to help clients conquer the new frontier of publishing!

Saturday, November 9, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave — Level 4, Room 2, Seattle, WA

Publishing has changed — and so, too, has the average client freelance editors see walk in the door. Once, we could help authors polish their manuscripts or tell a better story; we could even help them draft a proposal. But what happened next was up to agents, in-house editors in New York, and the vagaries of fate. Today, authors may still harbor traditional publishing aspirations or may be completely committed to going the self-publishing route. Whether self-publishing clients are looking to put out a Junior League cookbook, tell their life story, or publish the ongoing adventures of Argon the Space Pirate, freelance editors have an incredible role to play in helping them navigate the process.

At Girl Friday, we have done it all, and we’ll help you help your clients:

  • Determine what services they need. Do they need a developmental edit? Do they need a copyedit or only a proof?
  • Decide whether they need outside help in addition to editorial (for example design, project management, and/or publicity and marketing services).
  • Choose between different self-publishing service providers.
  • Understand what’s needed for electronic conversion. In which formats do they want their book to appear?
  • Prepare for the role they will need to play in marketing their work and using social media.

Girl Friday Productions is the West Coast’s premier boutique editing, writing, social media, and book production company. While we all got our start in-house, since 2006 we’ve helped aspiring authors put their best work forward. Executive directors Ingrid Emerick and Leslie Miller will share editorial war stories and logistics, while social media pro Andrea Dunlop will give you an expert overview of how the publicity and marketing landscape for books has changed.

“I've seen the women behind Girl Friday Productions present workshops and other talks covering various aspects of the publishing business — and these pros really know their stuff.”

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $64

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle

(WEBINAR)

Thursday, November 14, 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Webinar (You'll receive a link to Adobe Connect about a week before the date)

Plugins can make WordPress safer, more useful, and more engaging for your audience. In this webinar you will learn how to find and install plugins, including:

  • Social media plugins
  • An all-in-one SEO plugin
  • A live chat plugin
  • Plugins that integrate your site with 3rd-party vendors that perform a wide range of tasks such as e-commerce and e-mail propagation

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

This webinar is one of four October Thursday webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

Registration is closed for this class.

Getting the Most Out of The Chicago Manual of Style (Seattle)

A great in-person opportunity to learn from one of EFA's most popular instructors!

Saturday, November 16, 9:00-11:00 am
Present Sense, 4131 Woodland Park Avenue North, Seattle, WA

The Chicago Manual of Style is used to edit journal articles, academic papers, and trade and academic book manuscripts. This comprehensive style guide can be difficult to use, but mastering its intricacies transfers to using other specialized style guides. This workshop shares techniques from finding the most relevant citation to making decisions when Chicago and the dictionary don't agree. Bring Chicago—and the dictionary it's based on (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Ed.), if you have it—to do exercises and discuss concepts regarding this powerful editing tool.

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele includes 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.

Housekeeping notes: Present Sense (http://www.present-sense.com) is located in a quiet residential neighborhood between Wallingford and Fremont in Seattle. Ample free street parking is available.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $54

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Developmental Editing for College Textbook Publishers

(EFA Office, New York)

Saturday, November 23, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (1-hour lunch on own)
EFA Office, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC

Developmental editing for college textbooks (a.k.a. DE work) is vastly different from what the rest of the publishing industry thinks of as editing. While substantive (a.k.a. line) editing is usually part of the assignment, college textbook DEs are called upon for a wide variety of other tasks: competition comparison, review analysis, length and schedule monitoring, design evaluation, art program assembly, and more.

This all-day course will use hands-on exercises with actual published college textbooks to guide you through the process of accepting and successfully fulfilling a DE project, addressing such issues as:

  • Scoping out the author and project
  • Formulating a realistic project estimate
  • Nuts and bolts: competition, reviews, schedule, manuscript delivery, art program, length, design, and shepherding the book through production
  • Meeting client reporting requirements
  • Maintaining positive author relationships
  • Knowing when to ask for help

Elsa Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in college publishing as a freelance developmental editor, permissions editor, and picture researcher. She is the author of the EFA book Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know and of numerous articles about the business and craft of editing. Her most recent in-house position was as a senior developmental editor for psychology with McGraw-Hill Higher Education. As a freelance developmental editor, she has worked with hundreds of wonderful authors and assisted in bringing scores of successful titles to fruition.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

Registration is closed for this class.
 

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