April 13-29, 2021







Kicking off each track will be a keynote address, streamed virtually, from a publishing or journalism industry leader discussing issues designed to empower us as independent writers while also receiving information to help our careers. Stay tuned for announcements about the speakers and topics. Further information will be posted on the agenda as well as through ASJA's social media and communications.

Keynotes will be on noon ET the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (Journalism track)
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (Books track)
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021 (Content Marketing track)



Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (Journalism Track)
Katherine E. Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer is the author of "Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life", which was an Editor's Pick in The New York Times Book Review and which has been featured by People Magazine, The Oprah Magazine, NPR's Fresh Air, and The goop Podcast. Lightning Flowers was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Standefer was a 2018 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good and a 2017 Marion Weber Healing Arts Fellow at the Mesa Refuge. Her previous work appeared in Best American Essays 2016. Standefer earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Arizona and now teaches for Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA. She lives on a mesa in New Mexico with her chickens.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021 (Content Marketing Track)
Britta Melton

Britta Melton began at Pace in 1998, as part of the Delta Air Lines team. Since then, she has been a creative leader on campaigns and programs for AAA, Brighthouse Financial, Fidelity Charitable, STAINMASTER, Syngenta, Truist Leadership Institute and Wells Fargo. Britta graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her work has garnered national awards from the Content Marketing Institute and FOLIO.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 (Books Track)
Marita Golden

Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, Marita Golden ‎is a veteran teacher of writing and an acclaimed award-winning author of seventeen works of fiction and nonfiction and anthologies. As a teacher of writing she has served as a member of the faculties of the MFA Graduate Creative Writing Programs at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and in the MA Creative Writing Program at John Hopkins University. Books by Marita Golden include the novels The Wide Circumference ‎of Love, After and The Edge of Heaven and the memoirs Migrations of the Heart, Saving Our Sons and ‎Don’t Play in the Sun One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. Her most recent book is the ‎anthology which she edited, US Against Alzheimer’s Stories of Family Love and Faith. She is the recipient of ‎many awards including the Writers for Writers Award presented by Barnes & Noble and Poets and ‎Writers and the Fiction Award for her novel After awarded by the Black Caucus of the American Library ‎Association‎.




If you have questions or need assistance with registration, contact ASJA staff at (212) 997-0947 or email asjaoffice@asja.org

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