ASJA Austin 2018


February 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas
Joe C. Thompson Conference Center at UT-Austin

Join us in sunny Austin, Texas for a full day of insights and inspiration for emerging and established nonfiction writers in Texas and beyond. Hone your writing skills with sessions on interview techniques, content marketing, self-editing and landing your first national story. Boost your business savvy with panels on personal branding and money management for freelancers, handling sticky situations with editors and more.

You’ll also be able to:

  • Start your day with a Mindfulness for Writers session, followed by a keynote speech from acclaimed essayist and novelist Sarah Bird.  
  • Network with like-minded writers over coffee, lunch and a cocktail reception (included in registration fee).
  • Polish your personal brand with a professional headshot session (available for an additional fee).
  • Meet and network with editors from across the Lone Star State during Client Connections.*

Interested in volunteering or discussing sponsorship opportunities? Email




Pre-conference Mindfulness for Writers session




Registration & coffee




Keynote by acclaimed essayist and novelist Sarah Bird




A1 – Breaking into Content Marketing

B1– Client Wrangling: How to Handle Sticky Situations








A2 – Heart of the Matter: Boost Your Interview Skills

B2 – Writer 2.0: Reinventing Yourself




A3 – Words that Wow: How to Edit Your Own Writing

B3 – Freelance Hustle: Keep Your Brand Fresh

Client Connections* (starting at 3pm)



A4 – First Rodeo: Landing a National Clip

B4 – Bylines and Budgets: How to Thrive Without a Nine-to-Five

Client Connections*



Cocktail Reception



*Client Connections open to ASJA members only. In order to participate in Austin Client Connections, new members must apply before December 4, 2017.

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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