Upcoming 2020 Boot Camps


COVID-19 Update 

We have decided that it is in the best interest of our attendees, trainers, and staff to reschedule the March 27 Bootcamp, Tools for When You're Just Getting Started as a Freelance Editor to Friday, October 16, 2020.

Read the ACES COVID-19 statement here

DC Boot Camp Summer 2020

Date: Monday, June 8
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20001
Trainer: Neil Holdway, Teresa Schmedding, Sara Ziegler

Morning Session:

Art & Science of Digital Editing

Trainer: Teresa Schmedding
Time: 8 a.m. - Noon
Cost: $100 members/$150 nonmembers

What we’ll cover: 

  1. Structure of content
  2. Tools to evaluating content
  3. Lessons for writing
  4. The role of emotions
  5. Words that prompt the most engagement on social
  6. Critical elements in display type 

*Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet.

Afternoon Sessions: 

Pitfalls in Political Editing

Trainers: Neil Holdway and Sara Ziegler
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: $75 members/$100 nonmembers

Advice on editing and presenting political news coverage, including dealing with things like hidden (or not-so-hidden) biases, false information, anonymous sources and polling.

Wrong Number

Trainers: Neil Holdway and Sara Ziegler
Time: 3 -5 p.m.
Cost: $75 members/$100 nonmembers

Learn the math that is used in copy again and again -- but is so easy to get wrong -- and make sure all numbers are meaningful to your audience.

*Full day cost: $200 members/$250 nonmembers

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Tools for When You're Just Getting Started as a Freelance Editor

Date: Friday, Oct. 16
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Residence Inn by Marriott Times Square, 1033 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018
Trainers: Samantha EnslenTeresa Schmedding & Merrill Perlman

What we’ll cover: 

  1. Setting up your business
  2. Tools to help you run your business
  3. Deciding what to bill…and how to bill
  4. Substantive, Copyediting, Proofing: Understanding the difference between the three and how to set expectations with clients and rates for each
  5. How to market yourself
  6. How to get experience
  7. How to edit brand voice for different clients
  8. Editing in voice for difference documents

Cost: $200 members/$250 nonmembers

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