The EFA hosts online courses (both traditional and self-paced), real-time webinars, and on-demand recorded webinars designed especially for freelance editors and other editorial specialists around the world. Most courses are open to members and nonmembers; all require advance registration. Members enjoy reduced tuition, generally 20 percent off of the regular fee. Sign in to register for classes.

If you’re interested in teaching a class, please read the information for instructors below.

About Webinars

The EFA uses Zoom for live webinars. One business day before the webinar, registrants will be sent a link to the Zoom webinar, as well as a link to download the Zoom application. There is no additional cost for this. Check spam, promotions, or other folders if you don’t see these emails in your inbox.

Most 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 usually sent out within 1 to 3 days of the live webinar. Most recorded webinars are also available for purchase by anyone who didn’t register for the live webinar. These recorded webinars can be viewed at any time.

Be sure to complete your EFA webinar registration with the email address where you wish to receive webinar-related messages.

About Online Courses

The EFA provides two types of online courses: traditional and self-paced. Both types are asynchronous, meaning that students don’t need to log in at a certain time or day to attend a class session.

Participants in EFA courses do not receive grades. 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.

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

Traditional Courses

Traditional 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.

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 p.m. Eastern,” and so on), but you can access course materials any time during the course, whenever it is convenient for you. Instructors provide one-on-one feedback in traditional courses, and there is also a student forum. Some also include one or multiple live Q&A sessions with the instructor, via Zoom.

Self-Paced Courses

In self-paced courses, students are given access to all the course content at once, allowing them to move through the lessons at their own pace. These courses typically provide access to the course materials for six months to one year from the start date.

Self-paced courses don’t include one-on-one instructor feedback, but they do provide in-depth lessons. Many of these courses also provide self-assessments (in the form of quizzes and/or sample edits) and at least one live Q&A session with the instructor via Zoom. They’re a low-cost way to learn editorial skills at your own pace.

Teach with the EFA

The EFA seeks instructors for courses in all levels of editing for both fiction and nonfiction, including technical, academic, scientific, medical, and other specialties and for clients ranging from corporations to publishing companies to independent authors. Topics related to freelancing and running a small business are also sought.

If you’re interested in seeing a class on a specific topic or recommending an instructor, please let us know.

Deadlines for proposals are:

  • Spring courses (January-April) – Nov 1
  • Summer courses (May-August) – March 1
  • Fall courses (September-December) – July 1

Click the appropriate button (to the right) to propose either a traditional online course or a webinar.

You should expect to hear back 3 to 4 weeks after the submission deadline. Please do not follow up before that date.