2018 ASJA Annual Conference

ASJA's 47th Annual Writers Conference

Navigate, Motivate, Captivate

Date: May 18 & 19, 2018

Location: Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City 

The NYC Conference’s theme for 2018 is Navigate, Motivate, Captivate. This year, we're featuring three tracks for beginners, mid-career writers and advanced storytelling techniques.

We are currently soliciting proposals for panels and workshops that will inspire, motivate and empower journalists, nonfiction and literary nonfiction writers at all stages of their careers. Emphasis will be put on professional development as it relates to these three tracks of freelance writing, such as workshops on pitching, making new career moves, finding increased income, querying book agents, and publishing in all aspects such as books and magazines.

What We Are Looking For In a Session Proposal
We prefer workshops that focus on craft and those with a “how-to” aspect. We want single session leaders who are experts in their field and savvy in social media. We're seeking panels that offer real service to our attendees. In particular, we're looking for diversity in panelists — racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, marital and parental status.

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THIS FORM IS NO LONGER COLLECTING DATA.

Please note that we are unable to offer monetary compensation for travel or presenting. All participants must be available during the entire two days of the conference, May 18 and May 19, as scheduling will be at the discretion of the conference committee.


ASJA Announces Chairs for 2018 New York Conference

The American Society of Journalists and Authors has announced that Carolyn Crist, Dorri Olds and Nancy Dunham will chair the upcoming New York conference, May 18-19, 2018. The conference is scheduled to be at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel with the theme: Navigate, Motivate, Captivate.

More information here.

Conference Co-Chairs:

 Nancy Dunham

 

 

 Dorri Olds

 

 

 Carolyn Crist

 
 
 
ASJA REFUND POLICY: ASJA will refund 100% of an attendee's registration remittance upon receipt of written notice of cancellation received by or before Thursday, February 1, 2018. 75% of your registration fee will be refunded if cancellation is received between Thursday, February 1, 2018 and Friday, May 4, 2018. There are no refunds after Friday, May 4, 2018. Refunds may take up to 10 business days to process.
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    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
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    – Marguerite Yourcenar
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    – Somerset Maugham
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    – Christopher Hampton
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    – Lawrence Kasdan
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    –Wilson Mizner
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    – Flannery O'Connor
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    – Lawrence Welk
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    – Robert Benchley
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    – Andrew Jackson
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    – Richard Curtis
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    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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    – Stephen King
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