Here at ProfNet, we’re big fans of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. In fact, we’ve been to several of their annual conferences -- and will be there again at this year’s.
For those of you not familiar with the ASJA, it’s a professional organization for independent nonfiction writers -- freelance writers for magazines and journals, radio, television, online media, newspapers, corporate blogs, trade books and other forms of nonfiction writing.
Each year, the ASJA holds its annual conference in New York City. I attended last year’s, which featured more than 70 sessions covering a variety of topics, from writing for white papers to breaking into women’s magazines. You can view my recaps from some of last year’s sessions here:
This year’s conference is taking place April 26-28 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The first day, April 26, is for ASJA members only; the second and third days are open to the public.
The topics are as varied as the writers that will be attending: copyright laws, how to write biographies, writing for trade magazines, breaking into women’s markets, creating a marketable book, creating targeted online copy, writing a winning book proposal, Facebook and Google+ marketing, using content aggregators, developing top-notch research skills, group blogging, grant writing, conquering corporate markets, writing about sex, interviewing difficult subjects, scientific writing, breaking into the beauty market, and many more. You can view the full conference info on the conference website.
If you haven’t registered, give it a look. It could be helpful if you’re new to freelancing, or if you just want to reconnect with other freelancers, keep up-to-date on what editors are looking for, and maybe even break into new markets.
If you’ve already registered, find me and say hi! I’ll be the one furiously taking notes for recap posts here on ProfNet Connect.