Past Events 2019

JANUARY 2019

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January 5 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group, from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member Lee Christine Brownlee and M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019

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Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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January 9: How to Take Advantage of the New Tax Laws

Come hear tax preparer Susan Lee discuss the recent changes in the federal tax laws. Some of these changes offer advantages to freelance writers. Susan will also address goal setting, managing cash flow, tax deductible expenses for writers and tips to help writers prepare for an audit. 

WRITERS: LEARN ABOUT – 

How to Take Advantage of

        the New Tax Laws

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

6-8:30 PM

UAW Conference Rooms

256 W. 38th Street, 12th floor, Manhattan

Refreshments will be served!

A Free Program

Information & RSVP: info@nwuny.org

or 646-483-4659

About The Author

Susan Lee, a founding member of the National Writers Union, has worked with writers and freelancers in New York City for over twenty years. As a Certified Financial Planner, Susan has presented on tax and financial issues facing writers at organizations such as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Columbia University, The Center for Book Arts, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and the New York Foundation for the Arts among others. For many years, she hosted and produced a weekly holistic financial radio show, You and Your Money, on WBAI-FM in NYC.

Find more about your tax and financial options from Susan’s website. dedicated to tax and financial issues for writers and freelancers, at www.freelancetaxation.com.

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January 19 – The #WomensWave

48369155_2226014514078482_287880022784475136_nIt’s time to march again. And this time, we’re coming back with an agenda.

On January 19, 2019, we’re going to flood the streets of Washington, D.C., and cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us.

Women’s March on Washington

Start: January 19, 2019  10:00 AM

12th Street and the National Mall 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW, Washington D.C., DC 20001

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FEBRUARY 2019

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February 2 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member Lee Christine Brownlee and M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019

to 

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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February 13: Writing While Black Forum

Invites you to a forum about:

WRITING WHILE BLACK:

CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AND REWARDS OF WRITING FROM THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

Featuring:

  • Herb Boyd (Moderator), award-winning journalist & book author.
  • Bill Fletcher Jr., acclaimed labor journalist & social justice advocate
  • Eartha Watts-Hicks, award-winning author and marketing consultant
  • JP Howard, widely acclaimed poet, author, educator, and curator.
  • Yusef Salaam is the author of The Devil & Elijah Muhammad and a children’s book, Elijah Muhammad: Builder of a Nation.  
  • Raymond Nat Turner: Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report, WBAI’s Morning Metro, Ralph Poynter’s “What’s Happening?” Blog Talk Radio

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

6-9 PM

256 W. 38 St., 12th flr UAW Conf Rms, NYC

A Free event open to all writers

Light Refreshments will be served

RSVP: sheard2001@gmail.com

About the Panelists

Herb Boyd is an is an awarding winning author and journalist. He has written or edited over 20 books and published countless articles for national magazines and newspapers; including New York’s Amsterdam News. His book Baldwin’s Harlem, a biography of James Baldwin, was a finalist for a 2009 NAACP Image Award. Along with his writing, Boyd is a national and international correspondent for Free Speech TV. A graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit, Boyd teaches African and African-American History at the College of New Rochelle in the Bronx, and is an adjunct instructor at City College in the Black Studies Department.

Bill Fletcher Jr., the author of They’re Bankrupting Us! (Beacon Press, 2012), and co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided (UC Press, 2009) is a long-time racial justice, labor, and international activist, scholar, and author. He has been involved in the labor movement for decades, and is a widely known speaker and writer in print and on radio, television, and the Web. He has served in senior  staff positions with many prominent union and labor organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, national AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Government Employees. He is also the former president of TransAfrica Forum.

JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System)was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*). JP is a 2019 featured author in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a NY-based forum offering all writers, but especially women, a monthly venue to collaborate. Her poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, Anomaly, Apogee Journal, The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Muzzle Magazine, and The Best American Poetry Blog. JP holds a BA from Barnard College, an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

Yusef Salaam is the author of The Devil & Elijah Muhammad and a children’s book, Elijah Muhammad: Builder of a Nation.  

Raymond Nat Turner is a NYC poet privileged to have read at the Harriet Tubman Centennial Symposium. He is Artistic Director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble UpSurge and has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. He currently is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such people as James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and CA Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against attacking Afghanistan. He is Co-Chair of the NY Chapter National Writers Union (NWU

Eartha Watts-Hicks is a New York Foundation for the Arts artist/entrepreneur and a member of the legendary Harlem Writers Guild. A fiction fellow of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Center for Black Literature and North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Eartha’s writings have appeared in several online publications, including Harlem World Magazine, TheUrbanBookSource.com, and Future Executives.org. In June of 2013, she received the Just R.E.A.D. “Game Changer” Award in the fiction category from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP for her novel Love Changes and was named New York City ambassador for literacy. In 2014, Eartha was featured in the Congressional Black Caucus Write It Down panel discussion, returning to the Caucus in 2018. An affiliate of BlackPR.com, she is a PR writer, specializing in press releases for artists, entrepreneurs, ministries, and nonprofits. Her writing advice appears in The Writer’s Guide to 2013, and she leads writing, self-publishing, and publicity workshops. Eartha is now editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine and independently publishes a series of calendar books, called A Planner Is A Girl’s Best Friend.

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MARCH 2019

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March 2 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member Lee Christine Brownlee and M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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March 9 – International Women’s Day celebration with the Women’s Press Collective

Women’s Press Collective (WPC) is holding its 12th annual International Women’s Day celebration to honor working women.  The theme is “Women’s Labor Builds Our Society” and will pay tribute to women working in economically/socially critical fields such as nursing, building trades, food service and more.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 9th from 11 am to 4 pm at the beautiful and historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and includes morning reception, speakers, musical and dance performances, a buffet lunch and lots of solidarity. Please RSVP at the WPC office: 718-543-5100.

Suggested donation: $20.00, includes morning light meal, music, and dance and buffet lunch.

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March 13: Market Your Book on a Budget

Marketing guru Eartha Watts Hicks will discuss low-cost marketing strategies you can use to build your brand and reach potential customers: social media, press kits, personal appearances and more.

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019

6 – 9 PM

256 W. 38 St., 12thflr, NYC
UAW Conf Rms

A Free event open to all writers

Light Refreshments will be served

RSVP: sheard2001@gmail.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eartha Watts-Hicks is a New York Foundation for the Arts artist/entrepreneur and a member of the legendary Harlem Writers Guild. A fiction fellow of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Center for Black Literature and North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Eartha’s writings have appeared in Harlem World Magazine, TheUrbanBookSource.com, and Future Executives.org. In 2013, she received the Just R.E.A.D. “Game Changer” Award in the fiction category from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP for her novel Love Changes and was named New York City ambassador for literacy. In 2014, Eartha was featured in the Congressional Black Caucus Write It Down panel discussion, returning to the Caucus in 2018. An affiliate of BlackPR.com, she is a PR writer, specializing in press releases for artists, entrepreneurs, ministries, and nonprofits. Eartha is now editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine and independently publishes a series of calendar books, called A Planner Is A Girl’s Best Friend.

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March 16 – NWU Member Jenny Brown’s Book Launch, Discussion & Party

Jenny Brown’s book Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work (out March 1 from PM Press) argues that seemingly cultural conflicts over abortion and birth control are at root a fight over women’s reproductive labor—who is going to do it and who is going to pay for it. On one side, elite policymakers want an expanding workforce reared with a minimum of employer spending and a maximum of unpaid women’s work. On the other side, women are refusing to produce children at levels desired by economic planners—by some measures our birth rate is the lowest it has ever been. With little access to childcare, family leave, health care, and with insufficient male participation, U.S. women are conducting a spontaneous birth strike. Co-hosted by National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings.

“An audacious analysis of the falling U.S. birth rate; of the exploitive, often untenable conditions for raising children here and now; and of what might be done to change things. Feminist insight illuminates every chapter of this thoughtful book.”
—Alix Kates Shulman, author of Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen and A Marriage Agreement and Other Essays: Four Decades of Feminist Writing

BOOK PARTY

Saturday, March 16, 7:00 pm

National Writers Union, 256 West 38th St, 12th floor.  

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March 26 – NWU Member George Lakey’s Book Party & Discussion

After six decades of activism, NWU member George Lakey sees today’s growing political crisis as the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to make progressive changes in the U.S.  In his book, “How We Win,” He explains why drawing lessons from a century of successful campaigns and sharing promising innovations in organizing makes for a winning strategy.

“If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker–well, this is an awfully good place to start.” — Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org

BOOK PARTY & DISCUSSION

Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 7 pm

National Writers Union, 256 West 38th St, 12th floor.

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APRIL 2019

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Aril 6 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Apr. 6, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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April 6 – NWU NY General Membership Meeting

  • Share the exciting news of our Union victories for writers
  • Listen to your needs, concerns & ideas
  • Stay for a Union Pitch Workshop: Pitch, Practice, Recruit!
  • Learn how to pitch the union from experienced union leadership
  • Inspiring words about the strength and purpose of joining the National Writers Union
  • Build your networking and public speaking skills

General Membership Meeting
April 6 @ 12 pm
National Writers Union
256 W. 38th Street, NYC
NWU-UAW Conference Room, 12th Floor

PIZZA, SALAD & REFRESHMENTS SERVED!

Contact: Tim Sheard, Co-Chair
sheard2001@gmail.com,917-428-1352

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April 10 – Hybrid Publishing: The Author’s Third Option

Mascot Books Publisher and CEO Naren Aryal and author John Woodruff will discuss the paths to publishing and a closer look into the hybrid model. Learn the options available to you beyond commercial and self-publishing and what will fit your project best. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

6-8:30 PM

UAW Conference Rooms

256 W. 38th Street, 12th floor, Manhattan

Refreshments will be served!

A Free Program

Information & RSVP: sheard2001@gmail.com

or 917-428-1352

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April 27 – First UpSurge! NYC Jazz Poetry Festival

Join Co-Chair Raymond Nat Turner and member Zigi Lowenberg for their groups first UpSurge! NYC Jazz Poetry Festival on Saturday, April 27 at 3 pm.   

Admission: $10

National Writers Union 256 W. 38th Street, 12th floor, NYC 10018

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MAY 2019

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May 4 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member  M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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May 4 – Bronx Book Fair 2019: In Celebration Of Our Children & Ourselves

Join the NWU at the Bronx Book Fair on May 4, 2019. We will have a table, two of our members  (Yusef Salaam and Peter Benjaminson) are participating in a “Book Talk” broadcast at 11:40 and a “Manuscript to Market” panel at 1:10 pm, respectively. 

The Bronx Book Fair is the borough’s premier literary event and features a variety of diverse and intergenerational literary voices. Included are literary presentations, poetry/spoken word readings, writing workshops, book discussions, forums, coaching, keynote address, and panels. Special programs for children and families will also be available.

Date And Time

Sat, May 4, 2019, 11:00 AM EDT

Bronx Library Center
310 East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458

For Information and Inquiries Bronx Book Fair

Lorraine Currelley, Executive Director
646.894.5337
bronxbookfair@gmail.com
www.bronxbookfair.com

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May 8 – E-book Conversion and Worldwide Distribution

Phyllis Azar of PublishDrive will explain how manuscripts are artfully converted to E-books and distributed to their 400+ global channels that sell E-books. She will describe their free conversion tool, operating on the philosophy, “When the author makes money, we make money.”

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

6-8:30 PM

UAW Conference Rooms

256 W. 38th Street, 12th floor, Manhattan

Refreshments will be served!

A Free Program

Information & RSVP: sheard2001@gmail.com

or 917-428-1352

About PublishDrive

PublishDrive is an e-book publishing platform working with thousands of indie authors and indie publishers, offering access to a huge distribution network including 400+ stores and 240,000 digital libraries in 70+ countries around the world. PublishDrive CEO Kinga Jentetics (yen-tet-tich) made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017, and she was named one of the Top 100 European Female Founders by The Hundert. In 2017, Google invested in PublishDrive as part of its Launchpad Accelerator program.

PublishDrive offers two pricing options:

Royalty Share: with this no-upfront-cost option, pay 10% of the cover price of e-books sold: best for authors selling under $1,000 per month. This is consistent with, and sometimes lower than, similar services. Pay only when you sell books.

Subscription: pay only $100 per month: best for authors selling over $1,000 per month. This is a tremendous benefit for high-selling authors because no matter how high sales go, the fee remains at $100, and author royalties from the stores are the same as if the author distributed directly through those stores. This is unheard of among similar services. Have a look at our subscription pricing case study with bestselling self-published author Rachel Morgan. She increased her earnings by 16% using our subscription option.

Both options get the full power of PublishDrive’s global distribution network and robust platform. PublishDrive is dedicated to making the publishing process accessible and easy for all writers and publishers, and they are in it for the long term.

What’s new?

Marketing options! Not only can PublishDrive users distribute to a huge network from a single platform, now they can manage ebook marketing directly through the platform. PublishDrive now offers free review copies, free submission to retail feature promotions, and Amazon advertising – all managed on their PD dashboard. In January, PD released a free e-book conversion tool for anyone to use. This free tool will convert a Microsoft Word DOCX file into downloadable, ready-to-publish EPUB and MOBI files – please share it with anyone who might need it! The writing process is hard enough, so the publishing and marketing process should be easier. PublishDrive helps writers save time and money so they can write more, publish more, sell more, and worry less.

About Phyllis Azar

Phyllis Azar has worked in book advertising for Bennett Book Advertising (now Verso Advertising) and also in traditional book publishing at Tor/Forge (Macmillan), for a total of 27 years. She joined PublishDrive in June of 2018 as a marketing consultant as part of their US market expansion. At PublishDrive she is involved with various branding, marketing, and communications projects to help grow their audience in the self-publishing space. Born and raised in New York City and constantly inspired by the city’s abundance of art, she has written and published several short stories, dabbled in crafts, and is currently teaching herself cartooning. Her current motto is “Don’t measure your life’s progress against others, but do learn from them.”

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May 11 – Book Party For Tim Sheard’s New Lenny Moss Mystery Novel

Find out what that wily shop steward detective is up in the 8th exciting story, “One Foot in the Grave.”

BOOK PARTY FOR

TIM SHEARD’S NEW

LENNY MOSS MYSTERY NOVEL

Saturday, May 11, 2019

3 – 6 pm

256 W. 38 St., NYC, 12 floor (UAW hall)

Refreshments will be served!

Information & RSVP: sheard2001@gmail.com

Or

917-428-1352