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: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/279662
Listen to an ASJA Direct podcast about the event: http://asja.org/ASJADirect
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.