Although I contribute to many charities, the non-profit organization that owns my heart is the American Society of Journalists and Authors. http://www.asja.org. ASJA began in the 1950s as the Society of Magazine Writers, and gradually grew and morphed into ASJA. Non-fiction writers are under such stress today, that ASJA is a great resource for support, sympathy, tremendous wisdom about the writing life,and camaraderie for all non-fiction writers of books, blogs and articles. Our membership spans the genres, from gardening and cooking to investigative journalism, to memoir and self-help. We have experts in science, food, the military, business, psychology, technology and so many other fields I know I've left many out. If it's the truth, we write it.
ASJA also funds the ASJA Charitable Trust, which was founded to help writers in need. In these past few very stressed years, the Trust has helped many, and there are so many more we could help if we had the means.
One must qualify for membership in ASJA by showing evidence of a substantial, income-producing writing career. I have been a member of ASJA since 1987, and currently serve on the board and as the Publications Committee Chair. We publish the ASJA Monthly journal, a sprightly magazine full of advice and the experience of writers, the wisdom of agents, and interviews with fascinating writers every month. As fellow writers, I invite you to check out the public section of the ASJA website, at www.asja.org. We're in the midst of the fray, helping non-fiction writers every day.
ASJA sponsors a writer's conference every April in New York City. http://www.asja.org/wc/ This year, the theme is "The Write Road to Success." Please join us -- the conference is open to the public, and we also have a members-only day, including "Personal Pitch" the opportunity to bid for 8 minutes face-to-face with top agents and editors. I spoke to 8 top agents last year!
Causes Tina Tessina Supports
The Carter Center