About the Los Angeles Area Chapter

Welcome to the Los Angeles Area EFA Chapter page. EFA-LA is open to all EFA members in the Los Angeles area. If you fall a little outside the area—from the desert to the sea—consider yourself welcome too.

We will continue to have virtual meetings until it is safe to have functions in person.


NEXT EVENT: The Westside summer social, hosted by co-coordinator Linda Ruggeri, will take place on Wednesday, September 15 at noon. It will be a virtual event. Meet new members, discuss your wins and losses, and find out about upcoming events and the latest news.

Our next chapter meeting will take place on Thursday, November 4 at 2 p.m. Our chapter co-coordinator Linda Ruggeri and Brittany Dowdle will talk about their new book, Networking for Freelance Editors: Practical Strategies for Networking Success. They will give their presentation, have a Q&A session, and provide a handout. Best of all. there will be a drawing of their book!


PREVIOUS MEETING: On August 18, EFA member Crystal Shelley, author of the Conscious Language Toolkit for Editors and owner of Rabbit with a Red Pen Editorial Services, gave an informative presentation on what conscious language is, potential issues to be aware of while editing, how to provide feedback to clients, and why this matters. She reminded us that words have the power to do good (to uplift, inspire, and validate) and to do harm (to hurt, marginalize, and erase).



The San Fernando Valley/Antelope Valley/Santa Clarita/Ventura County networking social will take place on Saturday, October 16 with co-coordinator Janet Long. It will be an in-person event, unless things change due to the pandemic.

This smaller group setting will allow us to get to know one another better and to talk about our challenges and accomplishments in our businesses. Regular chapter meetings will still occur.


Visit our LinkedIn page to find out about chapter updates, spark discussion, make requests, or throw ideas against the wall.


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