The EFA hosts online courses and 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 20% off of the regular fee for all courses, and get access to some webinars for free. You will need to sign in as either a member or guest to register for classes.

Detailed information about registration, accessibility, duration of access, and refund policies can be found on our class registration and information page.

Just getting started, or branching out into something new? The EFA is here to help. We know that having lots of options can be overwhelming, so we’ve bundled together selected webinars and courses to make it easy to get started. Purchase three or more items in a bundle and save 10%! You can find them all on our Active Courses page.

If you’re interested in teaching a class, please read the information for instructors below and submit a proposal for a webinar, traditional course, or self-paced course. We’re always looking for engaging, experienced instructors to join our growing team!

About Our Webinars

EFA webinars are a low-cost, quick way to improve your editorial skills, learn how to boost your business, and hear from experts in the industry.

Most webinars are recorded, and the recordings are sent out within 1 to 3 days of the live webinar. They can be viewed at any time.

Our recorded webinars are also available for purchase by anyone who didn’t register for the live webinar—although some are for members only. Be sure to browse our catalog!

About Our Courses

The EFA provides two types of online courses: traditional and self-paced.

Traditional Courses

Traditional courses are asynchronous, meaning you don’t need to log in at a certain time or day to attend a class session. Instead, you’re given access to the course content one week at a time, and you move through this content and the homework assignments on your own.

You will complete a weekly assignment and receive instructor feedback on your work each week (possibly excluding the first and/or final weeks, as up to the instructor). Our instructors usually aim to return homework assignments before the next week’s lesson begins, although this is flexible and up to the instructor.

Your instructor will also be active in the class forum, posting additional information and answering questions daily. Additionally, these courses often include live Q&A sessions.

Benefits of Traditional Courses

The main benefits of traditional courses include:

  • One-on-one feedback on your work
  • Direct access to your instructor through email and the student forum (some classes also include live Q&As)
  • Weekly lessons, released on a specific day of the week
  • High level of feedback from your instructor
  • Peer support via the student forum
  • Small class size

Self-Paced Courses

In self-paced courses, you are given access to all the course content at once, allowing you to move through the lessons at your own pace.

Self-paced courses provide in-depth lessons, self-assessments, and regular Q&A sessions with the instructor via Zoom. You will have access to the course for one year. For your personal use only, you may download any materials you want to keep for further study.

Benefits of Self-Paced Courses

The main benefits of self-paced courses include:

  • Low cost
  • Freedom to move through the lessons at your own pace
  • No waitlists
  • Access to the course for a one-year period (versus only a few weeks with traditional courses)
  • Can be a great way to “kick the tires” on a new skill or type of editing you’re considering
  • The entire course is available immediately (versus the “dripped” content of traditional courses)
  • Regular, live access to your instructor via Q&A calls

Please note that participants in EFA courses don’t receive grades. We don’t offer a certification program. However, upon finishing a self-paced or traditional course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

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.

Click the appropriate button (to the right) to propose a webinar, a traditional course, or a self-paced course. Please be sure to read our Instructor Guide before proposing a class. We look forward to hearing from you!

Office Closed Monday April 8.

The EFA Offices will be closed Monday, April 8, 2024. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 9. Job postings, discussion list subscriptions, and other customer service requests may not be responded to until then.

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