ASJA's 48th Annual Writers Conference


As freelance journalists and authors, we collaborate with editors, agents, publishers, designers and multimedia experts. At the 2019 conference, we’re exploring the ways collaboration helps us succeed.

We’ll have four tracks of interactive, dynamic programming focusing on journalism, content marketing, books, and the business of writing, with sessions for freelancers at all phases in their careers.  We’re also launching a new members-only mastermind program for small groups led by freelance experts.

With more than 1,200 members, ASJA stands as the country's leading and most prestigious association of successful journalists, authors and nonfiction and literary nonfiction writers, and we’ve never had a better time to talk about collaboration and networking.

Join us in NYC for two days of sessions and connections, plus tips, tricks and strategic moves from seasoned journalists and authors, editors, agents, content buyers, and more.

Partnership Opportunities

Reach 400+ leading journalists, authors and content creators in search of fresh ideas, new sources, networking opportunities, and the latest educational tools and resources for their businesses.
Joining these writers are scores of the most influential leaders in media, including editors, content curators, agents, publishers, corporate communications directors, social media managers, and public relations professionals who value their relationships with our experienced membership. A conference sponsorship allows you to connect with independent journalists and authors to market your company.

Click here for more information, or contact Holly Koenig at HKoenig@kellencompany.com

Become an ASJA Member and Reap the Rewards

During our popular Client Connections event on Monday, May 6, ASJA members (who apply for the event via lottery) meet with top editors, agents and content agencies who are searching for experienced freelancers. 

Click here for more information. 

There will be a plethora of networking opportunities, and besides the special refresh lounge, we will offer a subject area roundtable session, so you can find your tribe. Start the morning with yoga; participate in interactive “getting to know you” activities; sign up for mentoring sessions; pull up a chair at networking lunches; and meet editors, agents and publishers eager to work with writers. We’re collaborating behind the scenes to make this the best ASJA conference yet.

  • 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