Past Events 2020

JANUARY 2020

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January 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 members Alexandra Faiz and M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020

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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January 22 – What Writers Should Know About AB5 and Similar Laws

Join the National Writers Union (NWU) and the Authors Guild for a panel discussion about AB-5 and what it means for your writing career.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – 6:00 pm
UAW Region 9A – 256 W. 38th St. 12th floor
Between 7th and 8th Aves.
Panelists:
Larry Goldbetter, President, National Writers Union, Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director, The Authors Guild, Richard Blum, Staff Attorney, Employment Law Unit, The Legal Aid Society
RSVP HERE for this free event
This event will be Live Streamed on the NWU FB page.
Contact us and learn more at authorsguild.org and nwu.org.
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FEBRUARY 2020

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February 1 – 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.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

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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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February 4 – Member Book Launch

Member Margaret Kimberley announces the official launch of her new book, “Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents,” which will be published by Steerforth Press.  
 
The event will be held on the published date of  Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at:
 
The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street, NYC
(between 8th and 9th Ave)
 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Please RSVP via the Evite link below:
 

MARCH 2020

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March 7 – WPC International Women’s Day Celebration

You’re invited to join the Women’s Press Collective’s 13th annual 

International Women’s Day Celebration

Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020

11:00am–3:00pm

Join WPC members, volunteers & community members to celebrate
WPC’s leadership role in:

Telling the truth in a climate of disinformation

Hosted by the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
85 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY
(bet. Lafayette Ave, & Fulton St.)

to benefit Women’s Press Collective’s free-of-charge
Publication Benefit Program for members.

Suggested donation: $20

Subway & Bus:
G Train to Lafayette Avenue Station
C  Train to Fulton Street Station
2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R to Atlantic Avenue/Barclays
B-38 to Lafayette and South Portland
B-52 to Greene and South Oxford

Call WPC for more information: 718-543-5100
Labor donated

March 7 – Monthly Open Mic

Join the National Writers Union at the NYPL on Saturday, March 7.
The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the historic Muhlenberg Library
(209 West 23rd Street, NYC) from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. 

This is one of the very few open mics that welcomes long-form writing as well as poetry.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work.  

No advance registration needed to read. 

Want tips to protect and promote your work? The NWU’s one-on-one consultation sessions will resume on Saturday. Register for a one-hour session on Saturday, March 7, either from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm at the Muhlenberg or from 5 pm – 6 pm at a nearby cafe. Please request a slot by emailing nwuny@nwu.org.

March 9 –  NWU NY General Membership Meeting

CALLING ALL WRITERS!

General membership meeting for 

National Writers Union NY Chapter

March 9, 2020

6 – 9 pm

256 W. 38 Street, 12th floor

  • Hear the latest news about union campaigns
  • Check out upcoming union events: 
    • Book Fairs
    • Cultural & Political Event
    • Conferences

Food and drink will be served!

March 26 – ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR

JOIN US AT OUR ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR
THIS THURSDAY  AT 5 PM

Mix a glass of your favorite potion and join Tim SheardRaymond Nat Turner, and other members of the New York NWU Steering Committee for a video chat. Share how each of us is staying sane and staying connected. What are we writing? How are we selling?

Come even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. (Hey, we all changed our daily routines so much already, what’s one more new experience?) We promise for an hour you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode. Just click on this link from any mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/225695476. Don’t have one of those devices handy? You can also call in at (888) 748-9073 and use Access Code 3142548#.

NWU members are fantastic folks; that includes you. Let’s hear from you! If you can’t join us this Thursday, we’ll be gathering again next week too and every other Thursday for as long as our members would like. Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime.

We also wanted to share some helpful resources.

Link to DCWP worker page: nyc.gov/workers

Link to Paid Safe & Sick Leave FAQs:  https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dca/downloads/pdf/about/PaidSickLeave-FAQs.pdf

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, general guidance for the public: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

Follow-up: Ben Holt, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Labor Policy and Standards at the Dept. of Consumer & Worker Protection: Bholt@dca.nyc.gov

For information from NYS:

Link to DOH: https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

NY State Contacts:

Jane Thompson jane.thompson@labor.ny.gov
Scott Melvin – scott.melvin@labor.ny.gov
Jeff Guynup – Jeff.guynup@labor.ny.gov
Chris Borgatti – Christopher.Borgatti@labor.ny.gov

The NYC Central Labor council will remain operational, and its online resource page will be updated as they receive new information. https://www.nycclc.org/news/2020-03/covid-19-outbreak-resources

APRIL 2020 

April 2, 9 – ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR

JOIN US AT OUR ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR
THIS THURSDAY  AT 5 PM

Mix a glass of your favorite potion and join Tim SheardRaymond Nat Turner, and other members of the New York NWU Steering Committee for a video chat. Share how each of us is staying sane and staying connected. What are we writing? How are we selling?

Come even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. (Hey, we all changed our daily routines so much already, what’s one more new experience?) We promise for an hour you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode. Just click on this link from any mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/225695476. Don’t have one of those devices handy? Just click on that link on your phone to reveal the number to call. If you have any problems joining, call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

NWU members are fantastic folks; that includes you. Let’s hear from you! If you can’t join us this Thursday, we’ll be gathering again next week too and every other Thursday for as long as our members would like. Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime.

April 13 – Accessing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance & More

On Monday, April 13th, at 7 pm EST, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union will be hosting a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources.

** Please RSVP through this form and you will get a Zoom link ahead of the meeting. **

Nicole Salk of Legal Aid will present and answer questions about applying for pandemic unemployment benefits as a 1099 worker. FSP member and lawyer Jessica Meiselman will cover other aspects of the CARES act (congressional stimulus), including applying for small business loans. Members are encouraged to bring questions related to their own work — this webinar will offer best practices for understanding the options available to freelancers, and making informed decisions during this time of crisis.

April 16 – ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR

JOIN US AT OUR ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR
THIS THURSDAY  AT 5 PM

Mix a glass of your favorite potion and join NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz and other members of the New York NWU Steering Committee for a video chat. What you missed last week? For starters, we had a lively discussion about the role of agents across different genres. NWU NY Steering Committee member Peter Benjaminson shared one of his favorite online resources, PublishersMarketplace.comMadeline Artenberg guided us to the Bronx Zoo with a short poem about one of its resident gorillas.

Come even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. (Hey, we all changed our daily routines so much already, what’s one more new experience?) We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/225695476. Don’t have one of those devices handy? Dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 225-695-476#. If you have any problems joining, call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

NWU members are fantastic folks; that includes you. Let’s hear from you! If you can’t join us this Thursday, we’ll be gathering again next week too and every other Thursday for as long as our members would like. Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being our Cocktail Hour guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the members who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book tour (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

Also, the NYC Office of Nightlife is administering a survey for freelancers to gather information on lost income from COVID-19. Please click here to take the survey: http://bit.ly/nycnightlifecovidsurvey

Coronavirus Relief for Writers: This past Monday, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. Also, NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that are posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

April 17-18: Online Organizing 2.0 Conference

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For over a decade the Organizing 2.0 Conference has taught digital organizing in the labor movement. This year, due to COVID, the conference is migrating from CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies to become a virtual conference. 

And it’s coming up soon: April 17-18. 

Now, more than ever is the right time to escalate your digital program, staff and member leader training, and network with allies in digital space. The offerings this year – as always – are for all levels of prior experience.

  • Canvassing During COVID: Digital Door-knocking and Relational Organizing Online

  • Organizing Workers Using Social Media

  • Protesting While Social Distancing

  • Organizing Mutual Aid Networks Online 

  • Virtual Organizing 101

  • Union Dues Collection Strategies During COVID

  • New Frontiers in Worker Organizing Online: Kickstarter, Yoga Instructors and Podcasters

  • Facebook and Twitter training for absolute beginners as well as more advanced users

  • Choosing Online Petition and Organizing Platforms

  • Using Text Messaging Platforms for Organizing

  • Podcasting, graphics and much more!

If your union would like to attend for a group rate please contact: elana@netrootsnation.org

Organizing 2.0 is an independent organization led by individuals with years of experience training in digital and organizing skills from a labor perspective. Our annual event is bottomlined by a consortium of four entities: the New York State AFL-CIO, NYC-CLC, CUNY’s School of Labor and Urban Studies, and Organizing 2.0. Working together, our goal is to promote effective use of digital tools and strategies for organizing.

Register today!

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Interesting in joining the Online Organizing 2.0 Conference, April 17-18, and then sharing what you learned with other NWU members?

If yes, the NWU is willing to cover your registration fee.

Email nwuny@nwu.org if you’re interested in being out representative at this conference.

April 23 – CONDITION CRITICAL! Nurses and Organizers on the Front Lines 

NWU NY Chapter Co-Chair Tim Sheard is hosting an online discussion about working conditions in our hospitals, nursing homes, and home care settings, and what we can do to help the workers and patients there.

Thursday, April 23, at 5 PM. Click here to join.

April 23 – ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR

JOIN US AT OUR ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR
THIS THURSDAY  AT 7 PM

Mix a glass of your favorite potion and join NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz and other members of the New York NWU Steering Committee for a video chat. What did you miss last week? Our agent discussion continued with a mention of the free pitch events hosted by Paragraph, including an agent roundtable on April 23 at 6 PM and a “Pitch War” on May 13th at 7 PM. John Girard proved that humor can appear on a tech blog. We all congratulated Elizabeth A. Richter for being accepted into the MFA program at Southern Connecticut State University.

Come even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. (Hey, we all changed our daily routines so much already, what’s one more new experience?) We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/225695476. Don’t have one of those devices handy? Dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 225-695-476#. If you have any problems joining, call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

NWU members are fantastic folks; that includes you. Let’s hear from you! If you can’t join us this Thursday, we’ll be gathering again next week too and every other Thursday for as long as our members would like. Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being our Cocktail Hour guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the members who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book tour (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

April 27 – What is the Internet Archive Doing With Our Books?

We’ve been getting questions about what the Internet Archive is actually doing with the millions of books it has been scanning.

Unfortunately, “Controlled Digital Lending” (CDL) and the new “National Emergency Library” (NEL) are only the tip of the iceberg. The Internet Archive distributes copies of each book it scans in *five* different ways.

The confusion is understandable, given that what the Internet Archive is doing doesn’t match what it says it does as CDL or the NEL.

We’ve posted a new explainer in our blog about what’s happening, how it harms writers, and whether we can really “opt out.”

NWU will hold a webinar on Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm Eastern / 4:00 pm Pacific for those interested in a walk-through of how this unauthorized book scanning operates.

RSVP to nwu@nwu.org

April 30 – ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR

JOIN US AT OUR ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR
THIS THURSDAY AT 7 PM (New Time!)

Mix a glass of your favorite potion and join NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz and other members of the New York NWU Steering Committee for a video chat. What did you miss last week? Connie Gemson wrote about discovering hope in an unusual place in a recent article in The Spirit, the local paper for the Upper West Side. Michael Chabler finished a new book and is looking for readers to offer feedback. Interested? Email nwuny@nwu.org, and we’ll connect you with Michael. A few writers recommended Read650 as a good resource as well as the writing classes offered by The Great Courses and MasterClass.

Come even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. (Hey, we all changed our daily routines so much already, what’s one more new experience?) We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/225695476. Don’t have one of those devices handy? Dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 225-695-476#. If you have any problems joining, call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

NWU members are fantastic folks; that includes you. Let’s hear from you! If you can’t join us this Thursday, we’ll be gathering again next week too and every other Thursday for as long as our members would like. Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being our Cocktail Hour guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the members who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book tour (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

MAY 2020

May 5 – What is the Internet Archive Doing With Our Books?

NWU Webinar on Tuesday, May 5, at 10 AM. NWU has been an outspoken critic of the Internet Archive’s ongoing and expanding book scanning and e-book bootlegging practices. Learn how this unauthorized book scanning operates. You can register for this free event by clicking here.

May 7, 14 – ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR

JOIN US AT OUR ONLINE WRITERS’ COCKTAIL HOUR
THIS THURSDAY AT 7 PM (New Time!)

Mix a glass of your favorite potion and join NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz and other members of the New York NWU Steering Committee for a video chat. What did you miss last week? Hearing announcements about very soon-to-be-released books from three NWU members, Dan UlloaJudy Andrews, and Yusef Salaam. We shared a tip for driving traffic to your website; post an interactive poll or game like a link to I Write Like, where visitors can see which famous writer their style most closely matches. One sign came that normal times may be returning; the organizers of the Dodge Poetry Festival sent word that plans are moving forward for their live, in-person event in Newark from October 22 – 25, 2020.

What did you miss last week? Sarah Ducksworth shared details about her new book based on her life in Mississippi. Need a new headshot? Ansel Pitcairn suggested that you consider an illustrated headshot. We touched upon what makes a good virtual book launch. Though the NWU doesn’t endorse PublishDrive, they posted a good article about this topic. We also chatted about how some artist-in-residence programs are still accepting applications. One upcoming deadline is August 31 for the residency at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling.

Come even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. (Hey, we all changed our daily routines so much already, what’s one more new experience?) We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/225695476. Don’t have one of those devices handy? Dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 225-695-476#. If you have any problems joining, call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

NWU members are fantastic folks; that includes you. Let’s hear from you! If you can’t join us this Thursday, we’ll be gathering again next week too and every other Thursday for as long as our members would like. Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being our Cocktail Hour guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the members who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book tour (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

May 28 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. See how Patricia Hilliard uses GoodReads to reach her readers. Last time, a seasoned book reviewer recommended videos as an important promotion tool. Then, Trish Tyne Salmon talked about her YouTube channel.

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

New Survey: The Authors Guild is collecting data on how writers are faring under the pandemic and whether they have been able to obtain any federal assistance. The survey results will help the NWU and other writers’ organizations with our lobbying to obtain additional programs and new guidelines from the federal government and states. We would greatly appreciate your help, by participating in this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYT5ZB6

May 29 – Accessing Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

What: A webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on applying for unemployment in New York. Ricky Blum, Legal Aid attorney, will give a brief overview of what to expect and take questions about applying for unemployment benefits as either a 1099 worker, recently laid off staffer, or anything in between. Bring your questions!

When: Friday, May 29th, 2-3 pm EST.

Who: Hosted by the Freelance Solidarity Project and the National Writers Union.

All are welcome.

RSVP HERE

JUNE 2020

June 4 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. See how Patricia Hilliard uses GoodReads to reach her readers. Last time, a seasoned book reviewer recommended videos as an important promotion tool. Then, Trish Tyne Salmon talked about her YouTube channel.

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

New Survey: The Authors Guild is collecting data on how writers are faring under the pandemic and whether they have been able to obtain any federal assistance. The survey results will help the NWU and other writers’ organizations with our lobbying to obtain additional programs and new guidelines from the federal government and states. We would greatly appreciate your help, by participating in this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYT5ZB6

June 9 – Eastern Region Membership Meeting

On May 19, you should have recieved the UAW-NWU joint statement on our ending our affiliation with the UAW. On May 26, you should have recieved the report from the National Executive Board and Delegates meeting, discussing how we got here and where we are headed.

We are organizing regional membership meetings to discuss these reports and get your input, questions, criticisms and suggestions.

The Eastern Region membership meeting will be Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00pm EDT.

Register HERE to recieve the link to the meeting.

June 11 – Poets of the Rebellion: Live Performance and Discussion 

Join NATIONAL WRITERS UNION & HARLEM WRITERS GUILD POETS from across the country for live performances and discussion about how our creative artists are responding to the heroic struggles of the present, histories of oppression and survival, as well as visions of liberation and revolution. Writers include Poet Laureate of the Bronx Lorraine Currelley, Raymond Nat Turner, Judy Andrews, Marc Polite, Eartha Watts Hicks, Mohamad Camara, and North Carolina-based poet-critic-activist Demetrius Noble. With co-host Tim Sheard. 

JUNE 11 @ 7 PM EST

Register at: shelterandsolidarity.org  

Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/301909734306042/

June 18 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. Regular attendees include such talented writers as Margaret Kimberley and Curtis O. Sanders, Jr.  We all learn from each other. Two weeks ago, we explored Amazon’s Author Central and learned about the Harlem Neighborhood WritersPeter Benjaminson is returning as our popular guest host this Thursday. 

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

New Survey: The Authors Guild is collecting data on how writers are faring under the pandemic and whether they have been able to obtain any federal assistance. The survey results will help the NWU and other writers’ organizations with our lobbying to obtain additional programs and new guidelines from the federal government and states. We would greatly appreciate your help, by participating in this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYT5ZB6

Other Events to Look Forward to Attending

If you missed last Thursday’s Poets of the Rebellion special event, the full recording is on Facebook. Worth every minute.

June 22 – Authors Guild Live Program and Q & A Session Webinar

Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children’s Book Publishing

June 22 @ 1 pm EST


From agenting to editing, from sales to marketing, less than five percent of publishing professionals are Black, according to the results of the most recent Lee & Low diversity graphic on Black representation in the publishing industry. How does institutional exclusion and racism impact the success of books by Black authors and the trajectory of Black creators? In this panel, industry experts offer insights, share experiences and concerns, and suggest ways to create change.
 
 

June 25 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

Special guest this Thursday — NWU Trustee Amanda Wilson will demonstrate the key features of WordPress. Want to know how to get the most out of its free version? Join us!

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. In past weeks, we shared resources like Inked Voices and Who Pays Writers?

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

New Survey: The Authors Guild is collecting data on how writers are faring under the pandemic and whether they have been able to obtain any federal assistance. The survey results will help the NWU and other writers’ organizations with our lobbying to obtain additional programs and new guidelines from the federal government and states. We would greatly appreciate your help, by participating in this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYT5ZB6

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

June 29 – New York Steering Committee Meeting

All NWU members are welcome to join the next New York Steering Committee Meeting on Monday, June 29, at 6 PM.

To hear a lively discussion about the NWU’s ongoing activities, click this link — https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85185325872.

JULY 2020

July 2 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. We want to heartily thank Amanda Wilson for her very informative presentation about WordPress last week. She shared her notes with us; click here. This week, we’ll start with a writing exercise one of our regular attendees suggested as well as find ways to use our writing to extract lessons from this historical moment. NWU NY Chapter Co-chair Tim Sheard recently wrote: “taking action is what I understand to be the difference between being not-a-racist and being an anti-racist.” We already have some ideas to share; let’s hear yours.

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers and poets who regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

July 9 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. A big welcome to one of our newest participants, Loring Slivinski. We have a full program this week. Ever wondered how to teach a class at a university? Bob Lamm will share his extensive experience. Starting in October, he’ll be leading “Memoirs with a Social Conscience” at NYU. Responding to multiple requests, we’ll also start reviewing a member’s writing piece each week and do another group writing exercise. 

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

July 16 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat 

AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft

EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM 

How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. Much thanks to our guest speaker last week, Bob Lamm who will be teaching “Memoirs with a Social Conscience” at NYU starting in October. He reminded us to never lose hope as activists because we sometimes will not see the impact of our work until years later. This week we will feature another activist and writer, Gloria Browne-Marshall. Responding to multiple requests, we’ll also start reviewing a member’s writing piece each week and do another group writing exercise.

We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Sarah Ducksworth read a moving poem last Thursday. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email nwuny@nwu.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).

Survey: The Authors Guild is collecting data on how writers are faring under the pandemic and whether they have been able to obtain any federal assistance. The survey results will help the NWU and other writers’ organizations with our lobbying to obtain additional programs and new guidelines from the federal government and states. We would greatly appreciate your help, by participating in this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYT5ZB6

July 22 – NWU Screening of “PROFILED”

NWU Screening of “PROFILED”
Wednesday, July 22 – 7:00pm EDT Title
 

July 27 – NWU Online Membership Meeting

 Monday, July 27 at 6 PM.

July 30 – Online Open Mic 

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at NEW TIME 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET

The National Writers Union is resuming its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to reopen. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

AUGUST 2020

August 6 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY  

The National Writers Union is resuming its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to reopen. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. We have a special treat this week; M.A. Dennis will be our guest host.

Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS   

Covid-19 and the Latest in US Immigration Law: August 13, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. EDTNWU is partnering with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP,  the largest immigration law firm in the US, to update you on the many changes to visa and immigration law. Event is free but advance registration is required. Click here to register.

August 13 – Covid-19 and the Latest in US Immigration Law

Covid-19 and the Latest in US Immigration Law
August 13, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. EDT 
 

August 13 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 7 PM – 8 PM ET

The National Writers Union is resuming its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to reopen. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

August 13-16: Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

Writer’s Digest Annual Conference: August 13-16 in NYC. The organizers are still moving forward with this conference, so if the doors are open, the NWU wants to attend. We need 1-3 organizers to help us reach as many attendees as possible over those three days. Interested? Email nwuny@nwu.org, and let’s start planning for something outside of our apartments!

August 20 – New Ways for Writers to Use Social Media

LEARN ABOUT NEW WAYS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA AT 7 PM ET

Jeannette de Beauvoir will share her insider tips for writers on how to use new social media platforms, such as Medium, to reach more readers. Following her presentation, we will encourage all participants to follow each other on social media and share some of their success stories using various tools.

Our open mic will return next Thursday. Once a month, the NWU invites guest speakers to share their expertise on a particular subject about the craft of writing.

To join this event, just click on the following link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm. 

More Announcements

Free online courses for journalists: In collaboration with the Thomson Foundation, the International Federation of Journalists (of which the NWU is a member) has created a free online safety course for journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to enroll.

Survey: The Authors Guild is collecting data on how writers are faring under the pandemic and whether they have been able to obtain any federal assistance. The survey results will help the NWU and other writers’ organizations with our lobbying to obtain additional programs and new guidelines from the federal government and states. We would greatly appreciate your help, by participating in this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PYT5ZB6

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

August 27 – Sustaining Ourselves and Each Other through Crisis Times

Sustaining Ourselves and Each Other through Crisis

Times – 7:00 PM EST on Thursday, August 27

Feeling stressed? Seeking strategies for keeping healthy and connected during this period of protracted pandemic, economic crisis, and physical isolation? Join Moderator Tim Sheard for our third Shelter & Solidarity social hour as we host a community discussion about how we can best sustain ourselves, each other, our organizations and movements during these pandemic times. We’ll be led into the discussion by Michal Osterweil and Victor Narro.

Michal Osterweil teaches in the Curriculum in Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and is also deeply committed to community and popular education aimed at activists, community members and others not (necessarily) in formal school that see the importance of actively studying and (un)learning what it means to be a change agent in these intense times of crisis. She is co-convenor with Arturo

Escobar of UNC’s seminar, Theory and Politics of Relationality. She is also a mother and radical homemaker who loves gardening, cooking and dancing.

A nationally known expert on immigrant rights and low wage workers, Victor Narro has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for over 35 years, and author of several books on labor justice and organizing. He has also become a leading voice for self-care and spirituality in the work for social justice through his new book, Living Peace: Connecting Your Spirituality with Your Work for Justice (CreateSpace Publication, 2014).

Victor has published a children’s book about labor solidarity, Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure (Hard Ball Press 2016).

Sustaining Ourselves and Each Other through Crisis Times –

7:00 PM on Thursday, August 27

 To join the live Zoom conversation, click on 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5999353012

Or visit www.shelterandsolidarity.org/join.

Watch S&S on Facebook and YouTube. Listen to audio at Podbean and Apple Podcasts.

Sponsored by encuentro 5, Hardball Press, and the Community Church of Boston.

SEPTEMBER 2020

September 3 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

More Announcements

NWU Supports Member Sued for Libel by a Cincinnati Police Officer: A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen. The story, with the FB posts, is here:  https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=ryan+olthaus. NWU is also raising money for Julie’s legal defense at our Legal Defense Fund.

You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB GroupWe have a new perk for NWU dues-paying members. The NWU launched a private Facebook group. It’s a place where we can discuss everything from union business to the Presidential elections. Join us!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/923911388077352/about/

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

September 10 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

 

September 17 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NWU Supports Member Sued for Libel by a Cincinnati Police Officer: A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen. The story, with the FB posts, is here:  https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=ryan+olthaus. NWU is also raising money for Julie’s legal defense at our Legal Defense Fund.

You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB GroupWe have a new perk for NWU dues-paying members. The NWU launched a private Facebook group. It’s a place where we can discuss everything from union business to the Presidential elections. Join us!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/923911388077352/about/

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

September 21 – NWU General Membership Meeting

As fall unfolds before us, I wanted to reach out to our NY Members and ask, “How are you doing?” Some writers have been busy, writing and exploring new genres and new platforms. Others have found writing difficult during these troubling times. Perhaps much of your work sources have dried up. Perhaps a business that had hired you closed down, or the isolation got you down. Whatever your situation, we want to connect with you and see if the membership can be of help.

Please join us for a general online conversation/meeting this Monday, September 21, at 6 PM.

To join us, just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/454125549. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (408) 419-1715 and enter Access Code 454-125-549#. If you have any problems joining, call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

We want to hear from you, and we’ll fill you in on the latest NWU union news, including the union affiliation plans.

We’d like to plan an early October PICNIC with physical distancing, so we can catch up and share our experiences. Your suggestion for a location will be appreciated.

Bring your issues, your hopes and dreams and your good humor (if you have any left) to the meeting.

In solidarity,
Timothy Sheard
Co-chair, New York Chapter

September 24 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

September 30 – Metro NY Labor Communications Council’s Annual Convention

The event will honor Stephanie Luce and Ruth Milkman from CUNY/SLU. Academics making a difference for workers, women, immigrants and their communities. Followed by a panel discussion on Advancing Antiracist Practices in Labor Communications.
Free but advance registration required. To register, click here.

OCTOBER 2020

October 1 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/644498603. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (888) 748-9073 and enter Access Code 644-498-603#. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again on Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS

NWU Supports Member Sued for Libel by a Cincinnati Police Officer: A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen. The story, with the FB posts, is here:  https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=ryan+olthaus. NWU is also raising money for Julie’s legal defense at our Legal Defense Fund.

You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB GroupWe have a new perk for NWU dues-paying members. The NWU launched a private Facebook group. It’s a place where we can discuss everything from union business to the Presidential elections. Join us!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/923911388077352/about/

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

October 3 – Bronx Book Fair 2020 Panel: “From Manuscript to Market”

2020 Bronx Book Fair event on 10/3/20- Poets Network & Exchange: “From Manuscript to Market” with Moderator Marc W. Polite and panel- Judy Andrews, Peter Benjaminson, Sheila Prevost, Tim Sheard, & Damien Tillman.
Free but advance registration required. To register, click here.
 
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October 5 – Bronx Book Fair: Writing & Healing Workshop
 
Join NWU Member and featured Author Yusef Salaam on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at 3 pm for a Writing & Healing Workshop.
 
Location: https://bronxbookfair.com.

October 8 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

NEW LINK: Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83356194278. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 833 5619 4278. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

 MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beyond the Bars: The NWUSO (Workers Write) sponsors a series of ongoing writing classes for a range of groups to amplify unheard voices. A year ago NWUSO–—the non-profit arm of the National Writers Union (NWU)—began an ongoing writing workshop with Beyond the Bars. It’s an 11-year-old program started by Cheryl Wilkerson and Kathy Boudin at the Columbia School of Social Work, and is by, for and about formerly incarcerated women. Beyond the Bars is working with women in New York, Maine, and Indiana. The hope is to expand to 20 states by Spring 2021. In New York, there’s a new email-run course offered at Bedford Hills Prison. For more information about the program, contact Esther Cohen at bookdoctor@rcn.com.

NWU Supports Member Sued for Libel by a Cincinnati Police Officer: A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen. The story, with the FB posts, is here:  https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=ryan+olthaus. NWU is also raising money for Julie’s legal defense at our Legal Defense Fund.

You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB GroupWe have a new perk for NWU dues-paying members. The NWU launched a private Facebook group. It’s a place where we can discuss everything from union business to the Presidential elections. Join us!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/923911388077352/about/

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

October 8 – 18: Workers Unite! Film Festival 9
 
#WUFF9 Is Back Oct 8th-18th with a Full Slate of Season 9 Programs!
 
• • • Over 50 Films and 60+ Screenings • • •
 
We’ve made the move to Eventive, a major virtual hosting platform, for all of our future streaming events. This season (by and large) does not have a set schedule, with films available for on-demand viewing for the course of 11 days on our Film Catalog page.
WUFF9 October Virtual Festival Trailer Compilation - Pt. 1
Watch Part 1 of our October Trailer Compilations, highlighting all the new, never-before-screened films in our 9th Season.
 
 
Get passes and general info: workersunitefilmfest2020.eventive.org
 
Film guide with filterable tags: https://workersunitefilmfest2020.eventive.org/films
 
 
WUFF9 October Virtual Festival Trailer Compilation - Pt. 2
In Part 2, revisit the films we made available for preview in May and July 2020 on our website. Missed one of them? Now’s your second chance to see it, watch again, or tell a friend.
 
Films and Directors List 2020. #WUFF9 films highlight worker issues. Worker issues are voter issues. Workers must vote.
 

October 15 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

NEW LINK: Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83356194278. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 833 5619 4278. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

 MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Beyond the Bars: The NWUSO (Workers Write) sponsors a series of ongoing writing classes for a range of groups to amplify unheard voices. A year ago NWUSO–—the non-profit arm of the National Writers Union (NWU)—began an ongoing writing workshop with Beyond the Bars. It’s an 11-year-old program started by Cheryl Wilkerson and Kathy Boudin at the Columbia School of Social Work, and is by, for and about formerly incarcerated women. Beyond the Bars is working with women in New York, Maine, and Indiana. The hope is to expand to 20 states by Spring 2021. In New York, there’s a new email-run course offered at Bedford Hills Prison. For more information about the program, contact Esther Cohen at bookdoctor@rcn.com.

NWU Supports Member Sued for Libel by a Cincinnati Police Officer: A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen. The story, with the FB posts, is here:  https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=ryan+olthaus. NWU is also raising money for Julie’s legal defense at our Legal Defense Fund.

You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB GroupWe have a new perk for NWU dues-paying members. The NWU launched a private Facebook group. It’s a place where we can discuss everything from union business to the Presidential elections. Join us!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/923911388077352/about/

Coronavirus Relief for WritersThe Freelancers Union recently updated their resource page. Also, the Freelance Solidarity Project and National Writers Union hosted a webinar for freelancers and digital media workers on available coronavirus aid resources. Click here to view a recording of that presentation. NWU member Louis McGill created a list of resources that is posted on the NWU website – https://nwu.org/coronavirus-relief-for-writers/

October 22 – Online Open Mic

ONLINE OPEN MIC THIS THURSDAY at 5 PM – 6 PM ET

The National Writers Union has resumed its open mic series that was held monthly at the NYPL Muhlenberg branch for over a decade. We’re continuing to work with the library to host a virtual event as they prepare to partially reopen next week. During all of this, you’ve been writing! So it’s time to gather together again and share our work. As always, writers from all genres are welcome. You can join with or without video and read for up to seven minutes. No advance registration needed. 

This virtual stage allows for more interaction, so you can add video or music to your reading as well as share your Amazon, website, and social media links. As we’ve done at the library event, we’ll dedicate some time for announcements about upcoming book launches or other events of interest to writers.

NEW LINK: Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83356194278. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 833 5619 4278. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.

Note the earlier time. Looking forward to welcoming you again Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

 MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Beyond the Bars: The NWUSO (Workers Write) sponsors a series of ongoing writing classes for a range of groups to amplify unheard voices. A year ago NWUSO–—the non-profit arm of the National Writers Union (NWU)—began an ongoing writing workshop with Beyond the Bars. It’s an 11-year-old program started by Cheryl Wilkerson and Kathy Boudin at the Columbia School of Social Work, and is by, for and about formerly incarcerated women. Beyond the Bars is working with women in New York, Maine, and Indiana. The hope is to expand to 20 states by Spring 2021. In New York, there’s a new email-run course offered at Bedford Hills Prison. For more information about the program, contact Esther Cohen at bookdoctor@rcn.com.

NWU Supports Member Sued for Libel by a Cincinnati Police Officer: A Cincinnati police officer is suing four defendants for libel. One is NWU member Julie Niesen. The story, with the FB posts, is here:  https://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=ryan+olthaus. NWU is also raising money for Julie’s legal defense at our Legal Defense Fund.

You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB GroupWe have a new perk for NWU dues-paying members. The NWU launched a private Facebook group. It’s a place where we can discuss everything from union business to the Presidential elections. Join us!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/923911388077352/about/