Call for Submissions


ASJA's 46th Annual Writers Conference

Date: May 5 & 6, 2017

Location: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

Conference Chair: Estelle Erasmus

Request for Proposal 

The American Society of Journalists and Authors is the oldest membership organization of nonfiction writers, authors and journalists.

What sets ASJA apart from other writing conferences is our experienced membership and educational programming.

The NYC Conference’s theme for 2017 is Pivot. Publish. Prosper.

We are currently soliciting proposals for sessions, 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 our theme, i.e. workshops on pitching, making “pivoting” career moves that lead to increased income, publishing in all its aspects, from books, to magazines, querying agents, putting together an anthology, making six figures.

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, as well as savvy in social media. And we seek out panels that offer real service to our attendees.

We are also looking for diversity in panelists: racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, marital and parental status.


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

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    – Sidney Sheldon
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    – Kenneth Tynan
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