Speaker Proposals

ASJA's 48th Annual Writers Conference

Date: Sunday May 5 & Monday 6, 2019

Location: Downtown Marriott, New York City

Conference Co-Chairs: Carolyn Crist & Jodi Helmer

Deadline for submissions October 22.

Request for Proposal

It’s that time again! We’re ready for your proposals for 2019 NYC conference sessions, scheduled May 5 and 6 at the New York Downtown Marriott in Lower Manhattan. The theme - Collaboration Nation - will explore the ways we build on each other’s support to grow our businesses. We’re featuring four tracks: Journalism, Content Marketing, Books, and the Business of Writing. We’re looking for sessions that will inspire, motivate and empower journalists, nonfiction writers and literary nonfiction writers at all stages of their careers.

What We Are Looking For In a Session Proposal

Sessions must offer real service to our attendees. We want writers to walk away with ideas they can put into action. Our goal is to offer interactive sessions, so get creative. Think about mini masterminds, hands-on, interactive, DIY sessions that engage attendees. We’d prefer not to receive pitches for panels, but if you must, please explain why this is the best/only format for your idea.

We also want to include diverse voices, including presenters of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, marital and parental statuses.

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, Sunday May 5th and Monday May 6th, as scheduling will be at the discretion of management.

  • ASJA's 48th Annual Writers Conference - Call for Speakers

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    • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
      – 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
    • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
      – Marguerite Yourcenar
    • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
      – Somerset Maugham
    • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
      – Christopher Hampton
    • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
      – Lawrence Kasdan
    • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
      –Wilson Mizner
    • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
      – Flannery O'Connor
    • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
      – Lawrence Welk
    • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
      – Douglas Adams
    • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
      – Stephen Wright
    • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
      – Robert Benchley
    • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
      – Andrew Jackson
    • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
      – Richard Curtis
    • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
      – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
      –Somerset Maugham
    • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
      – Stephen King
    • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
      – Chang–rae Lee
    • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
      –Samuel Johnson