Courant Refugees On ASJA Panel

Former Courant staff writers Len Felson and Fran Silverman will serve on a panel at this year’s American Society of Journalists & Authors panel moderated by former staff writer Theresa Sullivan Barger.

The topic: “Narrow Your Focus – Or Not. The Pros & Cons of Specialization vs. Generalization.” Also serving on the panel is an editor from Fortune.com and a medical & health writer. The panel is on Members Only day, April 25, so if you are thinking of applying for membership, it’s not too late. You have until March 30 to apply.

Theresa is also moderating a panel on Markets for Environmental Writing with editors from Audubon, Scientific American, On Earth and 2 Degrees Network.

Here’s the scoop on the conference, geared especially to freelance writers.

Event: ASJA’s 42nd Annual Writers Conference: Fire Up Your Writing Career

When: Friday and Saturday, April 26 to 27, 2013

Where: The Roosevelt Hotel, 45th Street at Madison Avenue, New York City


ASJA2013: Fire Up Your Writing Career includes two full days open to the public, offering dozens of educational sessions focused on issues and topics pivotal to freelance writers. There will also be several social events designed to encourage professional networking. Anyone with an interest in freelance writing, for any market or medium, will benefit from this extraordinary gathering of industry professionals. As one attendee, Fred Minnick, said of the 2012 event, “I feel like writer Superman after that conference!”  

Scores of sessions spread over two days cover topics of interest to freelance writers at all stages of their careers: just breaking in, scaling new heights, or keeping a good thing going. Attendees will choose from among 40 information-packed sessions on subjects including: finding new work, breaking in to new markets or genres, technology and social media topics, honing your craft skills, protecting yourself legally and financially, and even fiction topics. Personal mentoring is available, as well, allowing writers to get individualized career assistance on-site.

This year’s event includes NYT-bestselling authors such as A.J. Jacobs, Deborah Blum, Amy Hill Hearth, D.T. Max, and more; editors from markets including Slate, Bon Appetit, Outside, The New Yorker, The Atavist, New Republic, Simon & Schuster, Random House, St. Martin’s Press; and experts from all across the media industry. If you’re serious about a freelance writing career, you can’t miss this conference!

Early registration rates end March 22, so act soon. Visit the conference website for complete details.

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