Indexing Basics: Taught by the EFA’s Author of A Guide for the Freelance Indexer, September 13-October 25 (7 weeks)


Where: AsynchronousOnline (Sakai)

September 13, 2017

Registration is closed for this class


Have you thought about learning to index books? Do you index books but would like a refresher course? In this class, we will review the fundamentals and theory of indexing. Once those items are understood, we will put our new-found knowledge into practice by indexing a portion of a book.

Required text: We advise students to purchase the instructor’s booklet in advance, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer, available at

Instructor April Michelle Davis is the chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and she has served as chair for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter of the American Society for Indexing. Prior to starting her company Editorial Inspirations in 2001, April Michelle Davis worked as an assistant editor at the National Society of Professional Engineers and a program assistant for the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Various degrees include a master of professional studies degree in publishing (2007) from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in English (2001) from Messiah College. In addition, she holds the following certificates: Editing (University of Virginia, 2003), book publishing (University of Virginia, 2003), and professional editing (EEI Communications, 2004).

“The assignments were a good way to actually learn how to index. Testing out the three index software programs was instructive as well.”

“I learned a lot. The instructor was very clear and thorough.”