ASJA 2020 Virtual Conference

ASJA's 49th Annual Writers Conference — Now Virtual!

ASJA is excited to offer a virtual version of our 2020 Annual Conference, originally scheduled in April. Throughout the months of July, August, and September, we will offer a full menu of recorded and live webinars led by the leading experts in their fields to help you navigate the world of independent writing—especially during a global pandemic.

The sessions for each month will center on one of three tracks. In July, we’ll offer sessions on journalism: how to pitch, whom to pitch, and how to get paid. August is all about content marketing, with sessions on breaking into content marketing and growing your client list. We’ll wrap up our virtual conference in September with a month of webinars about book publishing, including getting an agent and marketing your book.

Each month, we’ll also offer sessions that apply to independent writing in general, including deepening your research skills, working with podcasts or radio, and mastering the interview. In addition, we’re planning subject-specific breakout sessions, during which you can chat with those who have similar professional interests.

Sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. A full schedule can be found via the buttons below. Recordings are free for those who attended the session and will be made available for purchase for those who did not register.

Not a member, but want the member discount? Apply for membership to get the membership rate for the conference. Membership applications are reviewed on the first Monday of the month, make sure that your application is in so you can get member pricing!

Virtual Conference Pricing




Full Registration - attendance to all
sessions, recordings, networking groups



Full Track Registration - attendance to all
sessions, recordings, networking groups in a track



Individual Session Registration - attendance and 
recording of selected session



  • 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