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Session 2: 2016 Education Catalog Archive

Editing for Visual Content (NEW! Online)

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Choosing the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business (NEW! Webinar)

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Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Companion Webinars 1 and 2)

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Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Online)

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Freelancing 101 (Webinar Recording)

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Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar Recording)

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Websites for Freelancers (Webinar Recording)

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Editing for Visual Content (NEW! Online)

CANCELED

Sakai

Designed for editors, this course is about directing and refining the content of visuals, not about using software to manipulate them. Visuals include graphics, charts, illustrations, diagrams, and photos. Sometimes, even words alone become a visual when they are subjected to artistic treatment and set apart from the narrative.

This course is participatory. In discussions with course-mates, we will explore questions about visuals and the challenges of applying visual communication principles to a broad range of products and work streams. Attendees should start collecting good and bad examples of visuals now for the class to discuss as a group.

There are no editing-industry standards for editing visual elements in the way that there are standards for copyediting or proofreading. There are different sorts of concerns and varying levels of refinement when it comes to evaluating visuals. We will discuss how to determine whether visuals contribute enough value to merit their expense, where they can aid understanding and communication, pitfalls of accuracy and communication to watch for, and quality assurance considerations.

Adrienne Montgomery is an experienced instructor, editor, computer support tech, and course designer. She has:

  • run seminars on a variety of topics including editing, marketing, software use, and advanced first aid for fire and rescue personnel.
  • taught computer use to hospital staff and the general public since 2002.
  • designed courses to meet provincial and state standards in the maths and sciences since 1997.
  • taught computer skills specifically for editing since 2012—these were geared toward different editorial tasks: structural editing, copyediting, and proofreading.

Visit Adrienne at her website www.catchthesun.net.

EFA members $99 — nonmembers $119

Registration is closed for this class.

Choosing the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business (NEW! Webinar)

CANCELED

GoToWebinar

Freelancers need to make plenty of complex decisions about how to organize their business. One important decision is whether to operate as a sole proprietor or form a legal entity, such as a limited liability company, to house the new business. Legal entities can shelter personal assets against lawsuits arising from a business, but they also come with additional costs. The goal of this webinar is to provide freelancers with a firm basis for making the right decision in this sometimes confusing and always technical arena.

This webinar will cover the most common business types for freelancers (sole proprietorship, limited liability company, S corporation). We'll discuss the basic structure of each business form, the mechanics of their formation and maintenance (with examples), and the potential costs. The webinar will also address the kinds of legal risks that freelancers face and how forming a business entity can help manage those risks. There will be ample opportunity for questions.

Alex Bennett is a freelance editor and California attorney with over 15 years in the legal field, mostly in corporate law. Before changing careers to focus on editing in 2016, Alex worked in-house at a renewable energy company, where he managed the company's global portfolio of legal entities. He holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Companion Webinars 1 and 2)

WEBINAR

July 21, 7:00—8:30 p.m. ET; September 21, 7:00—8:30 p.m. ET
GoToWebinar

This webinar is a companion to the online self-study Developmental Editing of Nonfiction course. Enrollment is limited to those who are already registered for the online self-study course. Please register by sending an email to education@the-efa.org.

EFA members $0 — nonmembers $0

These webinars are free to those who are taking Developmental Editing of Nonfiction.

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (Online)

New Self-Study Format with Webinars

Continuous Enrollment (Enroll at any time and take up to 6 months to complete)
Online (Sakai)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction is a 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 and take up to 6 months to complete the lessons. You may download lessons and resources for later use.

Please note that refunds cannot be given after you have registered.

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

Registration is closed for this class.

Freelancing 101 (Webinar Recording)

For Beginners

Ongoing
Recording

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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A RECORDING. Once you register, you will receive a link to ShareFile where you may download the video recording and the handout.

“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

Registration is closed for this class.

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar Recording)

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

Ongoing
Recording and Handout

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.

NOTE THAT THIS IS A RECORDING. After you register, you will receive a link to ShareFile where you can download the video recording and handout.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

Registration is closed for this class.

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar Recording)

For Beginners--the Basics

ongoing
Webinar Recording

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.

NOTE: THIS IS A RECORDING. After you register, you will receive a link to ShareFile where you can download the video recording and handout.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

Registration is closed for this class.
 

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