For The Media

NEW YORK (June 20, 2017) - The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) announced two regional writers conferences that will be held in Chicago November 17 and 18, 2017 at the Columbia College campus. Two one-day, back-to-back conferences offer complementary avenues to content success for both freelance editorial professionals and the clients who rely on them for books, articles, web content and other nonfiction journalism.  Registration is now open; see the ASJA Chicago conference web site at for more information.

AuthorCon, Nov. 17, will be a ghostwriting intensive for both freelance ghostwriters and the experts and executives who collaborate with them. Content doesn’t write itself. It takes experienced professionals to produce polished content of all lengths, from website copy to books.

The first day, Nov. 17, is AuthorCon, which focuses on ghostwriting and co-authoring. This is whole-day workshop is designed to help experts, executives and others who ‘have a book inside’ develop a plan for hiring the ghostwriter to help those books come out. The workshop will help aspiring authors shape their topics, understand today’s publishing spectrum and how to navigate it, and meet ghostwriters and services who can help turn their ideas to reality.

Building on the momentum of its successful 2014 ConCon conference in Chicago, ASJA returns to the Columbia College campus to connect freelance writers and editors to opportunities in content. Noted Chicago journalist Monica Eng will be the keynote speaker for the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Content Connections conference (ConCon). 

Monica Eng’s career spans several media: she was a Chicago Tribune writer for 16 years before transitioning to news reporting at WBEZ Chicago - and she is the co-host of the health and food podcast, Chewing. Eng’s presentation will draw insights from her move from print to digital media, including advice for writers during a time of massive change. Other speakers include Joanne Cleaver on “Staff to freelance: Five Steps that Win Clients and Ease Cashflow”; “Tales from the Trenches: What New Freelancers do Wrong and How to Recover” with Barbara Bohn and Claire Zulkey, along with Leah Nicholson on How to find and grow your first few clients.

On Nov. 18, Content Connections, offers companies and nonprofits a chance to meet qualified editorial professionals in a ‘speed dating’ format in the context of a full day of insight and inspiration about content publishing. Content Connections will give insights to the novice writer seeking to launch a career to veterans looking to expand their skills into a new field.

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About the American Society of Journalists and Authors

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing, each of whom has met ASJA's exacting standards of professional achievement. ASJA offers extensive benefits and services focusing on professional development, including regular confidential market information, meetings with editors and others in the field, an exclusive referral service, seminars and workshops, discount services and, above all, the opportunity for members to explore professional issues and concerns with their peers. ASJA is a primary voice in representing freelancers' interests, serving as spokesman for their right to control and profit from uses of their work in the new media and otherwise. Visit for more details.

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