ASJA Webinar Recordings

Many of you have told us that the economic crisis is hitting you hard. ASJA produced webinars to address some of the concerns felt by it's members during this pandemic facing the nation. These webinars are free for members and recordings are available for purchase via the links below.

Coping with Pandemic Anxiety

It is normal in this totally abnormal time to at least sometimes feel like an emotional basket case. EVERY aspect of our lives feels upended from anxiety over our health and those of our loved ones to economic duress (worse than usual for freelancers!) to the limbo of not having an end date to this crisis.

Join, ASJA member, author and therapist, Sherry Amatenstein, to share feelings, learn strategies and essential dos and don’ts to help you weather this crisis.

ASJA Members, click here to access the recording

Non-members, click here to purchase the recording - $10

Freelancing and the Pandemic: Content Marketing

Freelance content marketing guru, Jennifer Goforth Gregory, along with content marketing experts, will talk about how to keep clients coming back for more, even during these difficult times. Get insight on how COVID-19 is impacting content marketing and how freelancers can proactively manage their content marketing businesses through these unprecedented times.

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Non-members, click here to purchase the recording - $10

Moderator: Jennifer Goforth Gregory

Speakers: Clare McDermott - Clare McDermott is the co-founder and head of research at Mantis Research, a marketing consultancy that helps brands publish and amplify original research. Before launching Mantis, she was the founding editor of Chief Content Officer magazine, the leading print magazine for content marketing executives. Clare also ran a content marketing consultancy called SoloPortfolio for over a decade; there she helped enterprise technology and consulting brands embrace a publishing mindset. 

Nick Clunn — Nick Clunn is a senior editor in the Forbes Content Studio, which creates original content in partnership with Forbes advertisers. He specializes in multimedia work, collaborating with designers, artists and photographers to build webpages that best suit the story. Before becoming a branded content editor, Nick worked as a staff writer for daily newspapers and won several awards for investigative reporting. He lives in Jersey City with his wife and two children.​

Jason Anthony — The Foundry at Meredith— formerly the content studios at Time Inc.—is the force behind some of the most dynamic titles in custom publishing. Jason Anthony has been an innovator in this creative division for 15 years, and is the currently the editor of Proto, an award-winning science magazine created for Massachusetts General Hospital. He can speak to how writers can break into custom publishing and the skills and topic expertise that editors are looking for today. He will also share examples of his work with CVS, the New York Stock Exchange, Caesars Entertainment and other industry leaders who lean heavily on well-reported, well-written journalism to connect with their audiences.

Pitching Our Stories and Ourselves in a Time of COVID-19

This virtual panel, with Jack El-Hai, Damon Brown, and Robin Henig, will discuss and take questions on different approaches to developing and pitching our stories and expertise in decidedly unusual times for freelance writers. The panelists will cover developing intriguing story ideas, proposing stories, and marketing ourselves when our usual methods of doing so may need tweaking. 

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Non-members, click here to purchase the recording - $10

DAMON BROWN helps side hustlers, solopreneurs, and other non-traditional creatives bloom. As a best-selling author, two-time startup founder, and three-time TED Speaker, Damon co-founded the popular platonic connection app Cuddlr and led it to acquisition within a year, all while being the primary caretaker of his infant first son. He now guides others through his one-on-one coaching, Inc. Magazine column, and public speaking on platforms like TED. He also teaches speechwriting at the premier performing school Heroic Public Speaking. Damon’s latest book is Bring Your Worth: Level Up Your Creative Power, Value & Service in the World, the follow-up to his best-seller The Ultimate Bite-Sized Entrepreneur: 76 Ways to Boost Time, Focus & Productivity on Your Big Idea. He was the first Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Toledo Library. Join his community at

JACK EL-HAI, a past president of ASJA, is the author of many books (most recently The Lost Brothers: A Family’s Decades-Long Search). He has contributed to The Atlantic, GQ, Discover, Scientific American Mind, Wired, and many other publications, and is the writer and host of the true-crime podcast Long Lost.

ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG is a long-time freelance writer and author of nine books, most recently "Twentysomething" (co-authored with her daughter, Samantha Henig), "Pandora's Baby" (about early efforts at in vitro fertilization), and "The Monk in the Garden" (about Gregor Mendel and the founding of genetics). She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, where she is a contributing writer, as well as National Geographic, Scientific American, and others. She is also the proud recipient of ASJA's Career Achievement Award.

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    – 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.
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    – Somerset Maugham
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    – Lawrence Kasdan
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    – Flannery O'Connor
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