ASJA's 46th Annual Writers Conference
Become An ASJA Member and Reap the Rewards
During our popular Client Connections event (check out our list of participating editors) on ASJA Member's Day, Friday May 5, ASJA members (who apply for the event via a lottery) get to meet with top editors, agents and content agencies who are searching for experienced freelancers.
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Pivot. Publish. Prosper.
The publishing industry occupies very different terrain than it did even a decade ago. With the industry shift from print to digital, new media for authors, the influx of content marketing, and revolving editors, freelancers—experienced and new—need to build their platforms while developing creative business strategies.
Never before has it been so essential for successful writers to Pivot in order to Publish and Prosper.
With more than 1,200 members, ASJA stands as the country's leading and most prestigious association of successful journalists, authors and nonfiction and literary nonfiction writers.
Join us in NYC for two days of education, connections; tips, tricks and strategic moves from seasoned journalists and authors, plus top social media and website experts, PR pros, editors, agents, content buyers, and more.
This year's conference will have several tracks, including Books & Beyond, Work Life Pivot, Pro Tips, Tool Kit, Pitching and ASJANext.
We have 46 instructive panel sessions and workshops, plus 4 dynamic keynote speakers over two days - guaranteed to help you grow as a writer, plus the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with editors, agents and publishers. This year to maximize your time we have instituted early riser sessions.
A food writing pitch slam will offer instant feedback and allow for on-the-spot assignments. Four events of editor-filled panels will cover "Writing for Women's Magazines", "Writing about Parenting: Editors Tell All", "What Assigning Editors Want You to Know" and "Finding and Working with Diverse Writers". An event called "The Pitch" will let you get instant feedback from a team of agents in a fun, fast-paced environment and "Agent Roundtables" will provide an informal venue to meet agents and get advice in your genre.
Our presenters, publishers, and panelists will include over 40 editors, including from The Washington Post, Next Avenue/PBS, Dame, Narratively, First for Women, Simple Grace, Family Circle, Wine Enthusiast, SuperCall, Endless Vacations, Brain, Child, Saveur, Pacific Standard, Contently, Skyword, Atlantic’s CityLab, Parade, Rolling Stone, Vice, Simon & Schuster, Beacon Press, and HarperCollins Publishers, with more being added every day.
There will be a plethora of networking opportunities, and besides the special members lounge, we will be offering a subject area roundtable session, so you can find your tribe. Our welcome committee will lead an interactive, “getting to know you” activity for new members. We’ll also offer, as always, individual mentoring sessions; networking lunches and lots more.
New sessions this year include:
The panels, sessions, coaching, and workshops with a focus on craft and practical how-tos, will inspire, motivate and empower journalists, nonfiction and literary nonfiction writers at all stages of their careers.