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, generally 20 percent off of the regular fee.

In-person education options are held at locations across the country. Webinars and online courses are available to participants worldwide.

If you are an EFA member and interested in teaching a class, please read the information for instructors below.

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 login information for the Sakai website. The Sakai Student Quickstart Guide provides a few tips to get you started using the Sakai site. Further help is available to students within the Sakai website.

Be sure to register with the email address at which you wish to receive course messages.

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.

About Webinars

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 1 day of the live webinar. Some recorded webinars may also be made available for purchase by anyone who did not register for the live webinar.

Be sure to complete EFA webinar registration with the email address at which you wish to receive webinar messages.

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.

Don’t see a topic of interest in this list? Suggest one. Interested in becoming an instructor? Find more information here. Or email education@the-efa.org.