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.

Virtual Client Connections

Pitch clients, editors, publishers, and agents via Zoom. Offered quarterly.

Virtual Pitch Slam

Get feedback from top editors on your pitches during interactive Zoom sessions. Offered throughout the year.

Professional Members

Our professional members are established freelance writers with national clips or traditionally published books. Working as journalists, content marketing writers, or authors, they are solopreneurs who make their living as freelancers.

Read the eligibility requirements.


Virtual Pitch Slam: A Look Inside

Listen in, as professional members pitch stories to top editors, clients, publishers, and agents. Offered quarterly.

Associate Members

With clips from regional publications or clients and/or at least one traditionally published book, our associate members are ready to take the next step into professional freelance writing.

Read the eligibility requirements.

All Members

Professional Development

Build your skills as a writer and as a business owner.

  • Learn from industry experts and accomplished colleagues.
  • Enhance your craft and build your freelance business through virtual and in-person conference sessions.
  • Access the collective wisdom of your peers in ASJA’s expansive resources section.

Networking Opportunities

ASJA members prove every day that relationships matter.

  • Share referrals with colleagues and get access to editors, communications managers, publishers, and agents.
  • Build connections with your fellow ASJA members through our events and social media presence, including our private, members-only Facebook group.


Working independently doesn’t mean working alone.

  • From know-how and referrals to support and friendship, your ASJA colleagues are your greatest resource.
  • Engaging with the ASJA community means you’ll get the most from your membership.

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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Current ASJA Members

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