One of the biggest assets a freelance writer can have is the ability to network — and network well. It seems counter intuitive that a group of people who’ve chosen a career that allows them the luxury of being walled off from throngs of people and possessing complete anonymity, should they desire it, also nearly forces them to schmooze, hustle, haggle and pester their way into serious writing gigs. That’s why freelancers the world round have created conferences! It’s a watering hole for the journalistically bound and a place where no matter how unnatural your networking skills, you’re bound to sync up with someone who knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone’s cousin at Simon & Schuster.
And it just so happens that one of the biggest conferences, hosted by the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), is but a few months’ away. Beginning on Thursday, April 25 New York City will receive an inordinate influx of writers that have come to hear some of the worlds’ most accomplished writers speak on all things journalism — and did we mention that Demand Media Studios is a sponsor? Oh we forgot? How humble of us!
Click here to check out the schedule, ticket prices and most importantly: the VIP guest list. Whether you want to know how to blog like a pro or land that foreign correspondents gig, this is the place to set your fire to your freelancing career–and years’ slogan just happens to be,”Fire Up Your Writing Career”–So who’s in?!
Let us know: Have you attended a journalism conference? What did you think?