The National Writers Union Takes on a New Logo, and a New Vision

“We don’t need any more writers as solitary heroes. We need a heroic writers’ movement: assertive, militant, pugnacious.” – Toni Morrison, 1981 In 2023, the design firm Cultivate Strategies was brought on to assist our union for a visual brand update. They held listening sessions, sent out surveys, & conducted a thorough brand audit to […]

FSP Opens Elections for 2024 Steering Committee!

The Freelance Solidarity Project / Digital Media Division is now electing its 2024-25 steering committee. Voting is open to FSP members between now and April 15 at midnight PT. The steering committee will be responsible for shaping the division’s strategy, supporting members on planning projects and events, communicating with membership, and guiding the ongoing work […]

Writing to the Bone: The Boston Book Party

We gathered in person – first time since 2020! – for our Book Party celebration of members with recently published books. At least 50 writers, book-lovers, fans and friends enjoyed the three-hour party at the Dance Complex in Cambridge. Chapter Chair Willie Wideman-Pleasants fulfilled the promise she made at last year’s virtual party – “next […]

NWU Members activist fiction writing workshop

Radical Elders (RE) invites you to a hybrid activist fiction writing workshop led by NWU members Juliana Barnet and Maritza Arrastia from the perspective that writing can be an effective and important form of activism. The workshop is part of RE’s National Elders Day of Action, to be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024 – […]

Kacey Carpenter: From Politics to Mystery, a Journey of Words

Oregon-based author and National Writers Union (NWU) member, Kacey Carpenter, has launched his second book, “READY, SET, GO! Playbook for Campaigns, Candidates, and Causes”. This insightful guide follows his debut book, “My Journey with Bernie”, and continues the political series with practical advice for those involved in campaigns and causes. Carpenter, who also publishes a […]

Soccer reporter banned for doing journalism

Laurel Pfahler had been covering her city’s Major League Soccer team, FC Cincinnati, since before it was a Major League Soccer team. Her coverage ended when the team informed her that her credentials that allow her into the stadium on game day would not be honored. ”This is bad…bad for journalism and bad for sports […]

Enforcing our rights to our web content shouldn’t be this hard

Today the National Writers Union (NWU) was joined by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) in comments filed with the U.S. Copyright Office on a proposed rule for “Group Registration of Updates to a News Website”. In its current rulemaking, the Copyright Office — after consulting news […]

The State of Our Union

State of the Union: NWU is doing well, with many weaknesses and limited capacity. As of this writing we have just over 1,000 current members, which fluctuates up to 1200. We are holding our own, numbers wise, but we are growing stronger internally, which is the key, and the prerequisite for growing. Today, the union […]

Senator Scott Wiener announces CA Senate Bill 988, the Freelance Worker Protection Act

Senator Wiener Introduces Bill to Expand Freelance Worker Protections SACRAMENTO – January 31, 2024 — Today, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced Senate Bill 988 (SB 988), the Freelance Worker Protection Act. SB 988 provides basic protections — enforced by the State Labor Commissioner and the Attorney General — for freelance workers, including the right […]