ASJA is 70 Years Old!

Celebrate with us in 2018 as we mark the 70th anniversary of the organization that has evolved into the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Founded in 1948 as the New York Society of Magazine Writers, the organization has grown into the world's most robust professional society supporting independent, nonfiction writers.


Why give? These ASJA members share their reasons.

As ASJA celebrates its 70th year, join us in paying special tribute to the ASJA Charitable Trust's Educational Foundation as it takes a leading role in the education of all nonfiction writers.
ASJA's 70th Anniversary Campaign will generate funds to build an educational hub for all nonfiction writers—including those with emerging voices from diverse and underserved communities—providing extensive professional growth via mentoring, coaching and peer networking. The ASJA Educational Foundation is a known resource that provides scholarships, conferences, podcasts, videocasts, virtual networking among peers and clients, and other specialized coursework focused on creating quality journalistic content.
By transforming the Educational Foundation into an organization that will lead ASJA into the future, long-time ASJA members will have more opportunities to provide their expertise and guidance to newer writers of upcoming generations.
A goal of $150,000 has been established so that the Educational Foundation can continue to build the educational programs required for independent nonfiction writers to excel in today's digital environment. The success of this campaign will help ensure that ASJA, its Educational Foundation, and the writers they support will thrive long into the future.
70th Anniversary Campaign Committee
Brooke C. Stoddard, Campaign Chair
Neil A. O’Hara, Campaign Treasurer
Sandra Gurvis, Auction Chair
Estelle Erasmus, Gala Chair
Laura Laing, ASJA Publications Chair
Sally Abrahms, Testimonials Chair
Milt Toby, ASJA President
Sherry Beck Paprocki, ASJA Immediate Past President


  • 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