ASJA PNW Meeting 2023-04

Re-thinking what we do as writers, and how we do it—from the subjects we write about to the language we use—will be a central theme of keynote addresses at ASJA’s 2023 annual conference, June 13-15.

Michelle Rafter, conference chair, updated the Pacific Northwest chapter at the group’s April meeting. The virtual conference will feature 36 sessions organized around three tracks (journalism, content marketing writing, and books) along with less formal snack chats where writers can discuss common interests (podcasting, ghostwriting, moving into retirement, among other topics).

Conference goers can register for the entire three-day conference, a single track, or a single day.

Also discussed at the April meeting:

  • Opening PNW chapter meetings to ASJA members from other regions
  • Transitioning to website content marketing writing from traditional journalism

Resources mentioned:

  • Craft Talks is a series of webinars on writing topics and tools hosted by Sharla Yates, former director of education at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation.

In member news:

M. Carolyn Miller’s article about how to create infographics appeared in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Trends magazine (February, 2023).  Carolyn also wrote about how to design a simulation for Trends (April, 2023).

Bill Lascher recently launched The Scenic Route, a Substack “digest of serendipitous digression” in which Bill shares the favorite detours and tangents he’s taken during his work “exploring how where we’ve been informs who we are and what direction we might head next.” Check out the latest edition or subscribe for free (for now) at

ASJA members attending the April meeting: Maxine Cass, Rosemary Keevil, Catherine Kolonko, Bill Lascher, M. Carolyn Miller, Joanna Nesbit, Michelle V. Rafter, Randy Stapilus, Sharon Thompson, Darlene West, Minda Zetlin.