ASJA's 49th Annual Writers Conference
Date: Sunday April 19 & Monday, April 20, 2020
Location: Downtown Marriott, New York City
Conference Chair: Randy Dotinga
Deadline for submissions October 7, 2019.
Request for Proposal
It’s that time again! We’re ready for your session proposals for our 2020 annual conference, which will be held April 19 and 20 at the New York Downtown Marriott in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
We’re looking for sessions that will inspire, motivate and empower professional, independent non-fiction writers. For 2020, we are emphasizing connections to editors and advanced training through hands-on workshops/interactive presentations.
Sessions will fall into one of four tracks -- Journalism, Content Marketing, Books, and Craft.
We have a limited number of sessions. To increase your chances of having your proposal accepted, please read through the following very carefully.
What We Are Looking For In a Session Proposal
Sessions must offer real value to our attendees. We want writers to walk away with ideas they can put into action. Think about hands-on, interactive, DIY sessions that engage attendees and leave them with valuable insight to take home.
Freelance writers and authors are a diverse group. We will favor proposals that include presenters who don’t fit the typical ASJA mold in areas such as gender, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation/gender identity. We are especially interested in sessions that include editors, speakers who are not ASJA members, and ASJA-member speakers who have not spoken recently at our conferences.
What do we need from you?
Be as clear and specific as possible. List the names of the presenters in your session. Discuss how your session will engage the audience, teach them something new, and/or help them make new connections with people who will hire them.
What does ASJA offer speakers?
We tightly control conference expenses in order to keep registration fees as low as possible. As a result, we cannot offer monetary compensation to presenters or reimburse travel expenses. Non-member speakers can attend the conference on the days of their presentations for free, and members get discounts for speaking.
All speakers will have an opportunity to ask the on-site bookstore to sell their most recent book. (NOTE: We cannot make guarantees about the books that will be offered by the bookstore.)
What if a speaker cannot attend on one of the conference days?
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to schedule sessions on a specific day, although we will consider requests.
What happens next?
Applicants will be notified no later than October 28, 2019, about the status of their presentations. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive information about next steps, including information on how to register for the conference (with presenter discounts), what materials must be sent to the conference committee, and how to get your panel ready for show time.