A Perfect FIT: 2025 ASJA Conference to Take Place at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology 

Whether you’re trying on freelancing for size, styling a new approach to an existing writing business, or tailoring a book, you belong at the 2025 ASJA annual conference, which takes place in person at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.

The conference is slated for Feb. 24 to 26, 2025.

The annual event features all the hallmarks of ASJA’s well-regarded in-person conferences, including illuminating keynote speakers and engaging sessions for freelancers interested in journalism, content marketing writing, and nonfiction books. It includes ASJA’s signature Client Connections “speed dating with editors” networking event for professional members, and other opportunities to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances.

The conference is open to ASJA members and non-members.

Part of the State University of New York, FIT is located on West 27th between 7th and 8th Avenues in Manhattan’s Fashion District. The FIT campus is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and entertainment, and offers easy access to major subway, train, and bus lines – making it the perfect fit for an ASJA conference.

ASJA is excited to bring our annual writers conference to the FIT campus. We looked at several venues in Manhattan to find one that offered the most value for our members, speakers, and other attendees. FIT had the best combination of location and amenities. The conference committee is designing an event that takes full advantage of the venue, neighborhood, and city.

ASJA President Emily Paulsen

Location, Lodging, and More

Sessions at the 2025 ASJA in-person conference will take place in the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center. The center is home to FIT conference and event facilities, including spaces suitable for keynote speakers, joint sessions, and smaller breakout sessions, and open areas for informal networking.

ASJA conference goers will received discounted room rates at a number of FIT-affiliated lodgings in the area, including major brands and local, boutique hotels. ASJA will share a list of lodgings offering discounts along with registration information later this year.

The ASJA conference planning committee and FIT faculty are discussing multiple options for collaborating on conference presentations and events, and will share details as they are available.

New York's Fashion Institute of Technology
The 27th Street campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Photo: Beyond My Ken.

Learn More about FIT

Approximately 7,800 undergraduate students attend the 80-year-old university, which offers degrees in fashion industry art, business, design, technology, and communications. Students at the university publish a twice-yearly digital beauty and fashion magazine called Blush.

The FIT Museum is known for its innovative and award-winning exhibitions, with a permanent collection of more than 50,000 garments and accessories dating to the 18th century. Read more about visiting the FIT Museum.

Stay Connected

Subscribe to the ASJA Weekly newsletter and read the ASJA Confidential blog to stay up to speed with news about the 2025 in-person conference, and the 2024 virtual conference, which takes place Sept. 24 to 26, as well as information on ASJA webinars, networking opportunities, and member benefits.

Have an idea for a session for the 2024 or 2025 conference? The conference planning committee is accepting proposals – through May 31 for the 2024 virtual conference, and through August 31 for the 2025 in-person conference. Find out how to submit a proposal here.

Conference planners continue to seek volunteers for a variety of roles. ASJA members in good standing who are interested can log into the members-only section of the website, go to the Volunteer Opportunities page, and fill out the “ASJA Call for Volunteers” form. An ASJA volunteer coordinator will follow up via email.