ASJA 2018 Annual Writers Conference
Cheryl Alkon
Cheryl Alkon is a seasoned writer who has covered health, medicine, wellness, parenting, business and more for various publications over many years. She is the author of the book "Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby," and her work has appeared in the ASCO Daily News,, Quest magazine, USA Today, Boston magazine, Woman's Day, and the New York Times, among many others. She and her husband David live and parent their two kids, Ethan, 10, and Hannah, 6, in Massachusetts.
Sherry Amatenstein
Sherry Amatenstein is a longtime ASJA Member and a former magazine and web editor. She is the author of four books. Her anthology, HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? True Confessions from Both Sides of the Therapy Couch was published in 2016. She has written for,,,, and many other publications. @sherapynyc.
Candy Arrington
Candy Arrington speaks on challenging topics to diverse audiences. Her ability to provide practical applications and employ the power of story to get her message across elicits audience connection. Candy especially enjoys teaching writers to optimize their message to reach readers and hone their ideas to spark the interest of editors, agents, and publishers.
Sherry Beck Paprocki
ASJA President Sherry Beck Paprocki is an award winning journalist and author. Her company. R.S. Rock Media, Inc., creates print and digital products for clients. A recent project involved 38 short stories, both fiction and nonfiction, for professors at Drexel University who are developing a reading comprehension app for middle schoolers.
Suzanne Bowness
Suzanne (Sue) Bowness is a Toronto-based, generalist writer/editor with 17 years of experience. Her byline has appeared in national publications and she has written for organizations in the higher education, technology, and business sectors. After earning a PhD in English with a research focus on nineteenth-century Canadian magazines, Sue also teaches writing, currently in a one-year post-graduate writing program she helped to create at Humber College in Toronto.
Damon Brown
Damon Brown is a former ASJA Board Member ( He helps potential and current entrepreneurs make their mark without sacrificing themselves. He co-founded the popular platonic connection app Cuddlr and led it to acquisition within a year, all while being the primary caretaker of his infant first son. He now guides others through his consulting, his weekly column (, and public speaking on platforms like TED ( Damon's most recent book is "The Ultimate Bite-Sized Entrepreneur: 76 Ways to Boost Time, Productivity & Focus on Your Big Idea," the latest in his best-selling Bite-Sized Entrepreneur series. @browndamon
Carolyn Crist
Carolyn Crist is a freelance journalist with stories that have appeared in AARP, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Anesthesiology News, Reuters, Tales of the Cocktail, U.S. News & World Report and WIRED. She is also an adjunct journalism professor (of convergence journalism, photojournalism and travel writing) at the University of Georgia and co-owner of Pixel & Ink Studio in Athens, Georgia.
Nancy Dunham
Nancy Dunham is a freelance writer whose clients include People magazine, AARP, Automotive News, USA Today, MoneyTalksNews/MSN, Woman’s World, A&E Real Crime blog and other national publications. Dunham was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and publisher. She is also a founding board member of the Association of Healthcare Journalists and lives in Alexandria, Va.
Estelle Erasmus
Estelle Erasmus is an author, widely-published journalist and writing coach. Her writing is featured on Newsweek, Washington Post, Marie Claire, Redbook, Good Housekeeping and more. She is a co-author of a best-selling beauty book and a contributor to several popular anthologies, including the HerStories Project book, Mothering Through the Darkness, SheWrites Press (2015), and  Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox edited by Joanne Bamberger, SheWrites Press (2015). Estelle blogs at Musings on Motherhood & Midlife about life raising a young daughter and can be found tweeting about social good, publishing, parenting, midlife and media. @EstelleSErasmus
Beverly Gray
Beverly Gray (@bev_movieland, ), once developed 170 low-budget features for B-movie legend Roger Corman, while also surveying the entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter. She is the author of two showbiz biographies, Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers (now in its 3rd edition) and Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon . . . and Beyond. Her blog, “Beverly in Movieland” ( covers movies, moviemaking, and growing up Hollywood-adjacent. In celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary, Algonquin has just published Beverly’s latest book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How “The Graduate” Became the Touchstone of a Generation."
Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones has edited the Modern Love column in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times since its inception in 2004. His books include “Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (with the Help of 50,000 Strangers),” two essay anthologies—“Modern Love” and “The Bastard on the Couch”—and the novel “After Lucy,” which was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Jones appears weekly on the Modern Love Podcast, a joint production of WBUR-Boston and The New York Times, which had 20 million downloads in its first year. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, ABC News, CNN and NPR, and his writing can be found in The Times, Elle, Parade, Harper’s Bazaar and elsewhere. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and New York City.
Amy Kraft
Amy Kraft is a senior editor at Everyday Health, a digital health publication with 18 M unique monthly visitors, more than 1.2 M Facebook followers, 521K Twitter followers, and 36K Instagram followers. She covers Gastrointestinal Disorders and Heart Health. Prior to, Amy worked on the Science and Health desk at where her several of her stories ranked as the site's most popular. She is a digital media expert eager to share her skills and experience with other writers. @akraft22.
Laura Laing
Laura Laing is the author of three books and many long-form narrative pieces, including those about the trans community, teenagers with HIV/AIDS, and the oldest gay bar in Baltimore. Her recent, long-form essays have appeared in The Rumpus Full Grown People, Creative Non-Fiction, and Consequence. She is currently working on a fractured memoir about love and mathematics and will graduate this year with an MFA in creative non-fiction from Goucher College.
Mary-Kate Mackey
Mary-Kate Mackey is the author of Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer’s Guide to Confident Communication and Self-assured Style (Career Press). She honed her signature teaching tools and techniques during her 14 years at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. She has conducted her popular writing workshops at conferences around the United States.
Dorri Olds
Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in book anthologies, newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and The Forward. Her social media following includes over a million views on YouTube. As a full-time freelancer she divides her time between writing personal essays, pop culture articles, service pieces, movie reviews and interviewing A-List celebrities. She is currently working on a book about misogyny and rape culture.
Christina Parizo
Christine Parizo is a freelance B2B technology copywriter and journalist who got her start in journalism in the days when clouds were still something you'd watch on lazy, breezy days and dial-up Internet was the norm. Now, she delves into Everything as a Service for a variety of technology companies and writes articles for B2B publications. When she's not writing about technology, she can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, running, or hanging out with her husband and children in the suburbs of Houston.
Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Katherine Reynolds Lewis is an award-winning independent journalist, author and speaker based in the Washington D.C. area. Her book, The Good News About Bad Behavior (PublicAffairs, April 2018), grew out of her school discipline story for Mother Jones that became the magazine’s most-read piece ever. Katherine contributes to The Atlantic online, Fortune magazine, USA Today’s magazine group, the Washington Post and Working Mother magazine. Her byline has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, MSN Money, Money, the New York Times, Parade, Slate, and the Washington Post Magazine. In two decades as a journalist, Katherine’s work has won recognition from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Chicago Headline Club. She’s received fellowships from the Logan Nonfiction Program at the Carey Institute for Global Good, the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute/ Association of Opinion Journalists and the University of Maryland’s Casey Journalism Center. Residencies include Moulin à Nef, Ragdale and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Aimee Ross
Aimee Ross is the author of Permanent Marker: A Memoir (KiCam Projects, March 2018). She worked as a Regional Educator in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for ten years. In addition, she is a nationally award-winning educator who has been a high school English teacher for the past twenty-five years. Ross completed her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing at Ashland University in 2014, and her writing has been published on and www.SixHens.Com, as well as in Beauty around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio, 2017); Scars: An Anthology (Et Alia Press, 2015); Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators (Adams Media, 2009); and Teaching Tolerance magazine.
Lisa Rowan
Lisa Rowan is a senior writer and producer at The Penny Hoarder, where she covers retail and consumer affairs topics. She also co-hosts Pop Fashion, a weekly podcast at the intersection of fashion, culture, and business. A former full-time freelance writer and vintage shop owner, Lisa is well versed in the gig economy and the small-business landscape. She has a master’s degree from Georgetown University, where she studied the challenges of reshoring American apparel manufacturing, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.
Miral Sattar
Hilary Sutton
Hilary Sutton is a Washington D.C. based writer, entrepreneur, and actor who is passionate about telling stories that are begging to be told. She runs HSL Creative Enterprises where she works as a consultant, coach, writer, and speaker. In 2013 Hilary started a blog on her website, to explore social media, creativity, personal development, and writing. In 2015 she launched HSL Enterprises Courses to provide workshop-style teaching around concepts that had grown popular on her blog. She is the author of three courses and two eBooks including More in Less: 21 Productivity Hacks for Creatives, Blogging: Grow Your Business with Content, Going Freelance: How to Launch, Market, and Build Your Creative Career, and Get Your Dream Off the Ground.
Debra Wallace
Debra Wallace has more than 30 years as an award-winning journalist, author, online content provider, and public speaker. Debra has published more than 5,000 articles in major magazines and newspapers in the US, Canada and 35 countries. Her work has been prominently featured in Family Circle, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Direct TV Guide, British Woman's Journal and the British Press Association. She is a regular correspondent for Philadelphia Life/South Jersey Magazine, Jersey Family Fun, Metro Kids, the daily Bucks County (PA) Courier Times, and is also writing for Woman'sDay.Com, and constantly sources new markets and opportunities in order to publish and highlight her work. Her specialty areas are entertainment, celebrity cover stories, human interest features, entertainment and parenting.
Lina Zeldovich