ASJA 2020 Annual Conference Preview

ASJA Direct, hosted by Estelle Erasmus is proud to present the ASJA Conference preview for the New York City Conference from April 19-April 20, 2020. 

Click here to access the recording

What you'll learn in this podcast:

  • Who are the keynote and plenary speakers 
  • New and noteworthy session topics for this year's conference
  • Networking opportunities that will be available
  • Want to volunteer? Here’s how. 
  • How should newbies approach going to the conference?
  • Their best advice for someone to maximize the conference whether you are an ASJA member or not.

Randy DotingaChair, is a former president of ASJA and has been a full-time freelance writer for 20 years. He is leading ASJA’s fight — including a First Amendment lawsuit in federal court — to stop California from devastating freelance journalism via a new law.


Kristine Hansen, Associate Chairhas been a member of ASJA since 2006 and is a food, design and travel writer based in Milwaukee. Past involvements with ASJA include chairing Virtual Client Connections.


While ASJA Direct is a free member's benefit for ASJA members, we are making this podcast session available for everyone interested in the conference.  Click here to sign up for the conference.

Follow Estelle on twitter at @EstelleSErasmus , on Instagram at @EstelleSErasmus and on her website. 

Sign up for Estelle’s class Writing Parenthood which she teaches at NYU’s School of Professional Studies.

  • 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
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