The EFA hosts one-day workshops, seminars, webinars, and classroom and online courses designed especially for editorial freelancers. All are open to members and nonmembers and require advance registration. Members enjoy reduced tuition.
In-person education options are held at locations across the country. Webinars and online courses are available to participants worldwide.
Information on our online classes is given below in the About Online Courses section. For details on this semester's EFA education offerings, see the current catalog.
"This is the first online course I have ever taken, so I was nervous about understanding the technological aspects, but the course went very smoothly and participation was simple. Thank you for making it so easy."
New Instructors and New Course Topics Welcome
The EFA seeks instructors for courses in fiction writing/editing, nonfiction writing/editing, copyediting and proofreading, instructional design, scientific/medical editing, grammar refreshers, and a host of other topics related to the business of freelancing and the skills needed to be an editor.
About Online Courses
Instructors post new lessons and assignments once per week during the dates given for each course. Classes do not take place in real time, so you never need to be at your computer at any specific hour. Individual instructors often establish a general posting time for themselves (as in "by 12:00 Eastern," and so on), but you can access course materials any time during the course, whenever it is convenient for you. Courses end one week after the last assignment is posted.
Online courses are conducted through Sakai, a learning management system (LMS). Via Sakai, enrolled students are sent an email before the course start date that provides log-in information for the Sakai website. Here are a few tips to get you started using the Sakai website: Sakai Student Quickstart Guide. Further help is available to students within the Sakai website.
The EFA does not provide certificates for those who take courses. However, individual instructors may write a letter in response to a request for verification of participation in a course. Participants in EFA courses do not receive grades.
The EFA uses the GoToWebinar platform for webinars. A link to sign in with GoToWebinar is sent to participants 1 day before the live webinar takes place. After sign in, information about joining the particular webinar is sent. For combo or series webinars, each webinar has a separate sign-in link.
If instructors agree, the webinars are recorded and the recordings are made available via a link and password for all who registered for the live webinar. These links are sent out within 2-3 days of the live webinar.
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