The 2019 EFA Conference, taking place August 21–23, 2019 at the Swissôtel Chicago, will feature stellar speakers and sessions you will not want to miss! Louise Harnby, line editor, copyeditor, and proofreader (pictured above), will be delivering the keynote address, “To Visibility and Beyond: Building Trust, Getting Work, and Saving Time.” Louise specializes in working with independent authors of commercial fiction, particularly crime, thriller, and mystery writers. Her portfolio also includes the Pulitzer Prize winner A Visit from the Goon Squad. She was a recipient of the 2017 Judith Butcher Award from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

Other speakers include:

Patricia Boyd • Laura Pennington Briggs • DeAnna Burghart • Naomi Kim Eagleson • Christina M. Frey • Daniel Heuman • Karin Horler • Alaina Leary • Laurie Lewis • Michelle Lowery • Ally E. Machate • Laura J. Ninger, ELS • Caitlin O’Brien • Antonn Park • Lori Paximadis • Jake “Dr. Freelance” Poinier • Amy Schneider • Susan Simpfenderfer • Rachael Sparks • Ruth E. “I can write about anything!”® Thaler-Carter • Ebonye Gussine Wilkins

The lineup of sessions covers a diverse range of topics—from the business of freelancing and publishing; to editorial, marketing, and human skills; to fiction and academic editing. Check the conference website for the most up-to-date information, as more speakers and sessions will be added once they are confirmed.

Also, don’t forget to register by the May 31 Early Bird deadline for the best pricing! To register with a substantial EFA member discount, grab the members-only voucher code from the EFA website: click Benefits Links and Passcodes in the Member Area once you are logged in or click here. If you are a member of ACES, Editors Canada, the Institute of Professional Editors, or the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, check your email or contact your organization for a voucher code to receive your member discount.

Conference attendees also may avail themselves of discounted hotel rates through July 24 (or until the room block sells out, whichever comes first). You may find rate information and the special booking link on the Hotel & Travel page of the conference website.

See you in Chicago!