2018 ASJA Conference a Success!

More than 400 writers attended two session-packed days during the 2018 American Society of Journalists and Authors conference at the Sheraton New York Times Square on May 18 and 19.

This year, attendees learned how to “Navigate. Motivate. Captivate.” during 33 sessions that covered how to build platforms, develop creative business strategies and reach new editors at magazines, online publications and literary nonfiction publishing companies.

On Friday, which is Members Day for ASJA members, freelance journalists, authors and nonfiction writers heard from experienced speakers about the ways to grow as a writer, focus on craft, and ramp up their business at all stages of their careers. During Client Connections, one of the most popular events of the year, more than 200 members had 800 one-on-one appointments with editors and book agents to discuss ideas and new working partnerships.

That night at the annual awards ceremony, ASJA honored Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist and anti-corruption activist who was murdered after numerous threats and attacks for her investigative writing in her Mediterranean island nation. ASJA awarded its Conscience in Media Award to her and her family, which her son Matthew — also an investigative journalist — accepted with a powerful message: Free press is necessary. Her work will continue.

On Saturday, sessions sparked new connections, tips and tricks on the latest social media, tools and content marketing opportunities. The most popular sessions included strategies for making passive income as a writer, pitching personal essays to top publications, and finding content marketing clients. In the final session, several 2018 ASJA award winners who were honored the night before talked about the stories behind their work and how others can find inspiration. 

Throughout the conference, attendees also enjoyed keynotes from three dynamic speakers, individual mentoring sessions, and networking lunches. For new members, a welcome session, special lunch group and members lounge pulled them into the fold of the country’s leading and most prestigious association of nationally-published journalists, writers and authors.

As writing and publishing careers continue to shift, writers can expect to learn more about their industry throughout 2018 with ASJA Special Interest Groups, ASJA Forum discussions, Virtual Pitch Slams and regional chapter meetings. Join us for more educational opportunities and connections this year — and next year’s annual conference in New York. Stay tuned for details about 2019!

View the photos from the conference here

  • 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
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    – 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