The EFA hosts online, asynchronous courses (on the Sakai platform), real-time webinars (using GoToWebinar), and on-demand recorded webinars (housed on GoToWebinar) designed especially for freelance editors, writers, and other editorial specialists around the world. Courses are open to members and nonmembers and require advance registration. Members enjoy reduced tuition, generally 20 percent off of the regular fee. Sign in to register for classes.

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

About Online, Asynchronous Courses

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.

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. Courses end one week after the last assignment is posted.

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

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.

About Real-Time Webinars

The EFA uses the GoToWebinar and Zoom platforms for webinars. One business day before the webinar, registrants will be sent an email asking you to confirm your registration on the GoToWebinar site or a link to the Zoom webinar, as well as a link to download the Zoom application. There is no additional cost for this. If the webinar is hosted by GoToWebinar, after the confirmation, you will receive an email with your link to access the webinar on the date and time as noted in the Education Catalog. If it is hosted by Zoom, you will simply click on the link sent one business day before the webinar when the webinar is scheduled to air. Check spam, promotions, or other folders if you do not 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 sent out within 1 day of the live webinar. Most recorded webinars are also available for purchase by anyone who did not 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.

New Instructors and New Course Topics Welcome

The EFA seeks instructors for courses in editing and proofreading 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 feel free to do so by sending an email to

To submit a course proposal, please download the appropriate form below, complete it, and email it to Note the following schedule:

Deadlines for proposals are:

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

You should expect to hear back 2 weeks after the submission deadline. Please do not follow up before that date.

  1. Online course submission form
  2. Online course submission form (repeat)
  3. Webinar submission form