Archives for November 2017

Ramsey’s Latest Play Staged

NWU member Calvin Ramsey staged a reading of his latest play Damaged Virtues, November 28 at Harlem’s National Black Theater.  Based on a true story about J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century physician, the drama explored the doctor’s sadistic penchant for performing experimental gynecological surgery on enslaved women. Despite the pain and suffering he visited upon them, […]

How High Must Prospective Employees Jump?

I wrote an article in 1998 about questionable “tests” employers were requesting of prospective employees. I was asked, under the guise of recruitment, to produce feature-length articles, conference proposals, health columns, and a 38-page editing “test;” all of it live work. Almost 20 years later, these exploitive practices are still occurring. Over the past year […]

French Law Favoring Publishers Repealed

The French government earlier this year repealed a terrible law giving the country’s publishers the “right” to issue or license new editions of “out of print” books and pocket the revenues. The law, which was overturned last June, allowed print publishers to profit from these newly issued digital editions, regardless of the availability of previous versions of […]

NWU Endorses U.S. Copyright Reform Bills

The NWU has endorsed two bipartisan proposals introduced in the current Congress for reform of U.S. copyright law. Neither of these proposed laws would adequately address the fundamental problems for writers with current copyright law, but each of them would be a step in the right direction.  One of these bills, H.R. 3495, would create […]

Growing Coalition of Writers Renews Call for Reform of Copyright Registration

Back in January of 2017, the National Writers Union was joined by three other national organizations of writers in a variety of genres, media, and formats –– the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and Horror Writers Association (HWA) — in a formal Petition for Rulemaking asking […]

NWU Welcomes Guangzhou Cultural Delegation to NYC

On November 17, NWU hosted six members from a Guangzhou Chinese Cultural Delegation in New York City.  The delegation included Wu Dongsheng, Liu Shengqing and Li Xueli from the Guangzhou Federataion of Literary and Art Circles, Goa Heping from the Federation of Trade Unions of Guangzhou, Fang Tu, Dean of the Guangzhou Art Academy and […]

Fellowships for DC Area Arts Writers

DC area arts writers, listen up: Day Eight, a non-profit committed to empowering people to participate in the arts, is providing an opportunity to help you get your career off the ground through a fellowship. The DC Arts Writing Fellowship, which is now accepting applications, is an effort to cultivate arts writers early in their […]

Brothers of Another Union

Yusef Salaam, Co-Chairman of the NYC Steering Committee of the  National Writers Union, and Andy Schwartz, Recording Vice President  of the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, pose for a meet and greet photo at the November 2nd Jewish Labor Committee’s 2017 Human Rights Award Dinner at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.   Dennis Williams, […]