ASJA2020 - Conference-Refunds

Many of you have asked how ASJA will handle refunds of registration fees for the now rescheduled April 19-20 conference. Thank you for your patience as we considered the various options for managing these fees.

We're happy to offer you one of two options: a full refund or a deferment of registration fees to next year's conference on April 18-19, 2021, at the Downtown Marriott.

Why would I defer this year's registration fee to next year's conference?

One consequence of not hosting our annual conference is the financial and cash-flow hit. While we will not be able to recoup all of the lost revenue, deferring your registration fee can help with cash flow. If we choose to increase registration fees (a decision that has not yet been made), deferred registration fees will be honored at this year's rates.

ASJA leadership is also aware that some of our conference attendees face lost income because of the pandemic, and many of us work under tough cash-flow conditions regardless. Therefore, we are more than happy to refund your registration fee in full. Do not worry about ASJA if you need to make that decision. We get it!

How do I let ASJA know which option I choose?

The process is simple. Just email [email protected] with your choice. Staff only needs your name to process your refund or defer your registration fee to next year. You will receive an email confirming that the requested action has been taken.

Please allow at least a week to receive that confirmation message. As you can imagine, staff will be inundated with requests. In addition, staff members are also dealing with non-ASJA issues related to the pandemic. This means response time will likely be slower than we would like. If you don't get a confirmation email within a week, please feel free to email again.

Hold on to your confirmation email, especially if you decide to defer your registration fees to next year's annual conference. That's just good bookkeeping practice!

What else can I do to help smooth this process?

As mentioned above, staff are working under the same strange, pandemic-centric conditions as the rest of us. They are working from home, in a big city where everyone else is working from home. While we haven't experienced internet slow-downs, yet, those might happen. In addition, we're all managing work- and home-life in very different ways, including staff members.

In short, we need everyone to practice patience. In ordinary times, glitches tie up even the best systems. And these times are extraordinary. Everyone has been so generous with their understanding. We cannot thank you enough-and we hate to ask for more patience.

What's happening with the virtual programming?

Various folks are already making plans for a Virtual Client Connections, as well as considering the ins and outs of offering at least some of our conference planning online. We should have more information available in the coming weeks. We'll continue to communicate via these special emails, through ASJA Weekly, on the forums, in the member-only Facebook group, and elsewhere on social media.

We wish everyone all the best as the world goes through this truly unprecedented experience. We still have so much work to do to protect freelancers' rights, and we're looking for ways to keep our members working, especially as our country needs a free press now more than ever.

Thank you for your support. Here's to a quick resolution to this pandemic. May you and your families be healthy.

  • 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