For The Media

Seventy years ago the Society of Magazine Writers in New York was founded and laid the groundwork for today's American Society of Journalists and Authors. Since then, ASJA has grown to include more than 1,200 independent, nonfiction writers across the United States and Canada who continually discuss common concerns and celebrate each other's professional achievements.

This year, ASJA invites its members and others to celebrate the past as we build on this foundation so that writers of future generations can benefit from the same legacy that we have inherited. This is a legacy that is rich in education and flush with peer support that has led many to establish affluent and well-respected careers that are based on the art of the word.

It is with that intention that ASJA leaders invite you to special events that will surround this year's Navigate, Motivate, Captivate conference in New York. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us.

70th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, May 17, 6-8 p.m. at Steelcase Penthouse

This is a celebratory gathering of industry VIPs, ASJA members, editors, agents and other guests, hosted by Chair Estelle Erasmus. Tickets are $50-80 each and will benefit the 70th Anniversary Capital Campaign which will go toward support of ASJA's Educational Foundation. The Steelcase Penthouse is an exclusive, private venue overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park at 4 Columbus Circle. Make your reservation here.

ASJA's Annual Awards Night

Friday, May 18, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel 

The annual ASJA Awards ceremony kicks off with a cocktail hour followed by the presentation of several prestigious ASJA writing awards. This year, the distinguished Conscience in Media Award will be given posthumously to the independent Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, whose reporting focused on governmental corruption. Galizia was killed by a car bomb last fall. Her husband and sons plan to attend the event. Read more here.

The ASJA writing awards will, once again, be moderated by Joanne Lipman, former executive editor of USA Today and author of this year's highly acclaimed book, That's What She Said. Co-chairs for this year's Awards committee are ASJA Past President Salley Shannon and vice presidential candidate Janine Latus. Past President Sally Olds oversees the First Amendment committee, which selected the Conscience in Media award winner. If you are not planning to attend the conference on Friday, register separately for the Awards ceremony here.

Navigate, Motivate, Captivate Conference

May 18-19 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Tri-chairs Carolyn Crist, Nancy Dunham and Dorri Olds have put together a stimulating event, whether you are launching a freelance career or are a veteran writer who is dreaming of a big project. ASJA members who register for Friday will receive a ticket to Awards night in their registration package. Check out the schedule here, before you miss the best rate currently available:

Listen to an ASJA Direct podcast about the event: 

More Anniversary Dazzle: ASJA's Charity Buzz Auction, May 10-28

This exciting digital event will benefit ASJA's Capital Campaign in support of the ASJA Educational Foundation. Auction Chair Sandra Gurvis will update the ASJA Confidential blog periodically so that you can outbid other members for some special packages and experiences.

This will be an exciting year in ASJA with so many of our members leading the charge during this landmark celebration. If you have not yet heard from the Capital Campaign Chair Brooke Stoddard or Campaign Treasurer Neil O'Hara watch for their emails soon.

I hope that you join us as we celebrate ASJA's past and lay a strong foundation for the future education of all independent writers. Contributions to ASJA's Capital Campaign are accepted anytime here.

  • 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