ASJA PNW Meeting 2023-03

The March meeting of ASJA Pacific Northwest brought together nine ASJA members from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.

The monthly get-togethers are an opportunity for local members to share news and solicit ideas and advice on writing related work, marketing, and technology. Also joining the March meeting as a guest: Jebra Turner, a Portland freelance writer with a background in journalism and content writing.

Michelle Rafter updated the meeting on a task force being organized to connect members interested in forming regional chapters with representatives from existing chapters. Portland writer Sharon Thompson will represent the Pacific Northwest, one of the most active chapters in the association.

Michelle also gave an update on plans for ASJA’s annual conference, set for June 13 to June 15 and being held virtually this year. Each day will open with a keynote speaker followed by a number of sessions with either a single speaker or a panel. Registration was expected to open within a few days.

Also discussed during the meeting:

  • ASJA annual writing awards—more judges needed this year, due to a high number of submissions
  • Comparisons of screen writing software—Movavi, Camtasia and other options

ASJA members attending the March meeting: Maxine Cass, Fred Gebhart, Rosemary Keevil, Catherine Kolonko, Bruce Miller, Joanna Nesbit, Michelle V Rafter, Randy Stapilus, Sharon Thompson.