A Novel Discussion in D.C.

NWU members and authors Bill Fletcher Jr. and Tim Sheard enjoyed a provocative discussion July 16 about storytelling and social justice at the Busboys & Poets Takoma bookshop in the Washington D.C. area. Moderator Kurt Stand asked Fletcher, who is the author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky, and Sheard, who wrote One Foot in […]

Mentoring the Next Generation of Writers

In May, NY Chapter co-chair Timothy Sheard met with four aspiring writers, each with their own unique challenges and goals. Over two hours we discuss each writer’s opportunities and options, from finding an agent to self-publishing. One writer, having not heard back from a publisher who expressed interest in her book, is now going to […]

The Latest Lenny Moss Mystery

Climate change has brought a new, aggressive Zika virus to Philadelphia, making pregnant women fearful they will become infected, and overloading the hospital with a crush of frightened patients. Pregnant nurses at James Madison Hospital beg to be relieved from caring for patients with the virus, but Mother Burgess, the Director of Nursing, refuses. The […]

A Greener Way to Write

I’d like to suggest that the NWU kick off a campaign for the membership to adopt a gentler writing lifestyle to help heal the planet. Please post in next newsletter: How can writers adopt a gentler writing lifestyle? Since the New York chapter is hosting a panel discussion in November on “Writing to Save the […]

George Lakey on the Plus Side of a Polarized Society

NWU member George Lakey spoke recently about how the Scandinavian countries went from a deeply polarized region in the 1920s and 30s, with Nazis and Bolsheviks fighting each other, to the most economically equal region with the highest productivity and most generous benefits in the world. Lakey, a recently retired professor at Swarthmore (PA) College, […]

NWU NY CHAPTER ANNUAL PICNIC A SUCCESS!

Twenty-five New York and Connecticut writers gathered on a hot and muggy Sunday afternoon in Riverside Park to celebrate the writing life and to share our food, our hopes and our dreams. The threat of rain held off as the multi-racial, multi-generational group of writers discussed their current projects and received advice and encouragement. Co-chair […]

David Hill Tells How to Pitch a Freelance Story

NWU First VP David Hill gave writers a powerful tutorial on working as a freelance journalist last night at the UAW conference rooms in NYC. He laid out in clear, concise language how he goes about pitching articles, how he builds long-term relationships with editors, many of whom move from publication to publication, and how […]

Schivone on Staying Relevant as a Writer

Gabe Schivone spoke on April 11 at the NY UAW conference rooms about his experience writing for a  plethora of genres and platforms, from theatrical scripts to comic books, and nonfiction historical accounts to novels.   His talk was hugely informative and covered his start as a journalist by interviewing Naom Chomsky, pitching articles, and […]

NYC Chapter Resumes Monthly Series Oct. 11

The NY Chapter has resumed its monthly speaker programs, where writers can learn about the business side of writing. We will cover topics such as social media platforms for marketing, identifying and expressing your brand, writing  kick-ass query letters and getting an agent/editor, creating a winning press packet, writing in multiple genres on multiple platforms, […]