The Benefits of ASJA Membership

Join ASJA for access to a robust slate of professional development and client networking opportunities — and the largest, most active community of professional freelance writers in the world.


Client Connections

Meet one-on-one with potential clients, editors, publishers and agents at ASJA’s annual conference. (Professional members only.)

Virtual Client Connections

Pitch clients, editors, publishers, and agents via Zoom. Offered quarterly. (Professional members only.)

Virtual Pitch Slam

Get feedback from top editors on your pitches during interactive Zoom sessions. Offered throughout the year. (Professional members may pitch, Associate members may listen to recordings.)

Client Networking

The cornerstone of our professional membership benefits is the opportunity to meet with top editors, agents, and clients in the business. Most of these programs are virtual. When we host our in-person conference, Client Connections is held in person.

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Conference speaker


Online or in-person, our conferences bring together the smartest and most successful freelancers, editors, agents, and clients in the business. (Discounted rates for all members)


At least six times each year, you can listen in on discussions on topics like AI, pitching, investigative reporting, and procrastination. (Free for all members.)


Missed a conference or a webinar? Catch up with a recording. (Discounted conference recordings and free webinar recordings for all members.)

Tools & Templates

Along with free-to-anyone articles and blog posts in our Resource Finder, members have access to tools and templates, like how to head off late payments.

Professional Development

Freelance writing is a quickly changing field, with no certification programs or college courses to keep you agile. ASJA’s conferences, webinars, and online resources are designed to help you manage the flux. ASJA members get first access — free or at a discount — to the best minds in the business — in three tracks: content marketing, books, and journalism.

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More Benefits of Membership

Discounted Attorney Consultations

ASJA is pleased to offer its members discounted legal consultations with Joseph Perry, an attorney and literary agent well versed in the ins and outs of publishing and contract law.

Virtual Coffee Chats

Each Tuesday, ASJA hosts a drop-in Virtual Coffee Chat — a great time to check in with other members, share your challenges and wins, and even get some been-there-done-that advice.

ASJA Press Cards

Your ASJA membership card establishes your bona fides as a member in good standing. Available on request and at no charge, it is a hard plastic card with your photo and with prominent MEDIA & PRESS marking.

Health Insurance Advice and Access

For members who need to secure their own health insurance, ASJA offers access to health insurance options through a partnership with LIG Solutions.

Discounts & Services

Enjoy the benefits of being an ASJA member with discounts on air travel, car rental and more.


ASJA loudly champions the rights of freelance writers. You can count on us to defend your rights as independent contractors, journalists, and authors.

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