2017 ASJA Annual Conference

ASJA's 46th Annual Writers Conference

Pivot. Publish. Prosper.

Date: May 5 & 6, 2017

Location: Roosevelt Hotel, New York City 

The publishing industry occupies very different terrain than it did even a decade ago. With the industry shift from print to digital, new media for authors, the influx of content marketing, and revolving editors, freelancers—experienced and new— need to build their platforms while developing creative business strategies. 

Never before has it been so essential for successful writers to Pivot in order to Publish and Prosper.

Join us in NYC for two days of education, connections;  tips, tricks and strategic moves from seasoned journalists and authors, plus top social media and website experts, pr pros, editors, agents, content buyers, and more.

Our dynamic keynote/plenary speakers will show you exactly how to pivot, sell your project in a single sentence, find new venues, maximize strengths, and use your experiences to make an impact. The panels, sessions, coaching, and workshops with a focus on craft and practical how-tos, will inspire, motivate and empower journalists, nonfiction and literary nonfiction writers at all stages of their careers.

Roosevelt Hotel Discount: For individual reservations, please call (212) 661-9600 or 1-888-833-3969, and reference “ASJA” to take advantage of the special rate of $249 per night from May 3-7, 2017.

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May 6th Keynote/Plenary Speaker: Andrea King Collier

Andrea King Collier is a multimedia journalist, essayist and author.  She’s been on the full-time freelance path for over 25 years.

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May 6th Keynote Speaker: Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love.

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Members-Only Day May 5th Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of Deceit and Other Possibilities.

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Members-Only Day May 5th Keynote Speaker: Lane Shefter Bishop

Lane Shefter Bishop is a multi-award winning producer/director.

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ASJA Announces Estelle Erasmus As Annual Conference Committee Chair

New York, October 1, 2016--The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the leading professional organization of independent nonfiction writers, announced that longtime ASJA member, Estelle Erasmus, has been appointed conference chair for the 2017 ASJA Conference, May 5-6 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. 

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ASJA REFUND POLICY: ASJA will refund 100% of an attendee's registration remittance upon receipt of written notice of cancellation received by or before Wednesday, February 1, 2017. 75% of your registration fee will be refunded if cancellation is received between Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and Friday, April 28, 2017. There are no refunds after Friday, April 28, 2017. Refunds may take up to 10 business days to process.
  • 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