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The organizers of the ASJA’s 2020 Annual National Writers Conference – the 49th in a row – are putting the finishing touches on an extraordinary schedule of panels, workshops, networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings with people who buy our work, and much more. We asked former ASJA president Randy Dotinga, the chair of the conference, to talk about what will make this year’s April 19-20 event special. READ MORE

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Navigating the Gig Economy

In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »

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