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In the meantime, you are still able to register for our upcoming webinar on October 13th below.

Multiple Stories From Your Interviews and Notes

Wednesday, October 13, 2 - 3:30 pm ET

This webinar will be free to ASJA members and non-memebrs. 

We all interview a variety of sources to produce magazine, online and newsletter articles, and other content. But how often do you pursue more than one story angle from your collected material? In a virtual education webinar on October 13, ASJA members and experienced writers Linda Marsa and Beth Howard will share their tips for how to mine multiple story ideas from your interviews and notes, and potentially increase your income from groundwork already done. They'll also talk about the ethical and legal issues around pursuing multiple takes from a story, and how to work within the constraints of contracts where publications assume all rights to the material, which is becoming more often the case.



Beth Howard is an award-winning health writer based in Charlotte, N.C. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications and websites, including U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, AARP, The Washington Post, Prevention, Better Homes & Gardens, and Reader’s Digest.




Linda Marsa is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Discover who covers medicine, science and the environment. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, her work has been anthologized in Best American Science Writing and has appeared in National Geographic.com, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, Nautilus, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Parade, Pacific Standard and Aeon. She authored two books, most recently: Fevered: Why a Hotter Planet Will Harm Our Health and How We Can Save Ourselves, an ASJA award winner which the New York Times called “gripping to read.”


  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson