Past Events 2021

JANUARY 2021

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January 14 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

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January 19 – 6-weeks Op-Ed & Expository Writing Class with Pamela K. Johnson

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January 21 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

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January 28 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

FEBRUARY 2021

February 2 – Freelance Solidarity Project’s General Info Session

Tuesday, February 2, at 6:30 PM: This Info Session is open to those interested in learning more about the Freelance Solidarity Project’s history, purpose, and ongoing work. All freelance media or culture workers, organizers, activists, and media outlet staff members are encouraged to come, but they must RSVP using this link — https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGWBgJuJachTeRwKcd2b8A9Cr9isGqUfvlmjOwaKE1H20ZXQ/viewform?gxids=7628.

February 3 – NWU New York Membership Virtual Meeting

Wednesday, February 3, at 6 PM: Preparing for The New Normal. How are writers setting themselves up for the days when we’ll be able to travel, visit bookshops, hold in-person meetings and attend conferences? What new skills have you learned during shut-down that you will carry into the year and beyond? How are you surviving?

Join us to share ideas and plans.

AGENDA:

1. State of the Union

2. Treasury Report

3. Other business

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86362731470?pwd=MU9oc2pvSGlZYWU2ay9ob1ZKUGowdz09

Join via Phone
Dial: (929) 205-6099
Meeting ID: 863 6273 1470
Passcode: 787042

February 4 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

February 11 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

February 18 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

February 18 – NWU Immigration Update at 12:00 pm EST

What can we expect from the Biden Administration? NWU is again partnering with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, one of the largest immigration law firms in the US. To register, click here.

February 22 – Adam Schiff in Conversation: New Unemployment Benefit for Mixed Earners
Monday, February 22, Noon EST. Congressman Adam Schiff & Unemployed Entrepreneurs, Gig Workers & Freelancers Discuss MEUC Benefit & Advocate for More COVID Relief. Register Here — https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-adam-schiff-in-conversation-unemployment-benefit-for-mixed-earners-tickets-140449569443.

February 24 – Tax Tips for Authors: Have questions about managing your taxes for your writing business? 

Robert Pesce, a partner at Marcum Group LLP, will conduct a webinar on tax tips for authors on Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 P.M. ET. Pesce is head of Marcum’s New York City Accounting Services department, and a founder of the firm’s agency services group, the Technology, Internet, Media, and Entertainment group. Learn more here – https://www.authorsguild.org/whats-new/seminars-member-events/tax-tips-for-authors-2021/

February 25 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

February 26 – Building Solidarity with Striking Mexican Journalists

International Solidarity for Striking Notimex Journalists!!
 
MARCH 2021

March 4 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS at 7 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

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

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

March 11 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS

SPECIAL TIME ON 3/11 at 5 PM – 6:30 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. 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 this Thursday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

March 18, 25ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS

NEW TIME – 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

Note the new time. Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

APRIL 2021

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS

NEW TIME – 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

Note the new time. Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

April 6 – Freelance Solidarity Project, RSVP for General Info Session

On Tuesday, Apr. 6 at 6:30 PM. This info session is open to those interested in learning more about the Freelance Solidarity Project’s history, purpose, and ongoing work. All freelance media or culture workers, organizers, activists, and media outlet staff members are encouraged to come, so please feel free to invite friends. Just know everyone must RSVP using this link — https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGWBgJuJachTeRwKcd2b8A9Cr9isGqUfvlmjOwaKE1H20ZXQ/viewform?gxids=7628

MAY 2021

May 1 – May Day Menu for Saturday

MEDIA WORKERS’ MAY DAY RALLY and PICKET CONDÉ NAST

The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Ars Technica Unions have voted overwhelmingly for strike authorization.  NewsGuild and supporters demand that Condé Nast negotiates in good faith!
Masks and social distancing are required!

When: Saturday, May 1, 10:30 A.M. (speakers will start at 11 A.M., picket will start at noon)
Where: Fulton Street, between Church and Greenwich, near 1 World Trade Center (speakers will also be live-streamed on Twitter @newyorkerunion for those who prefer to attend virtually)
Who: Members and supporters of the NewsGuild of New York and the local labor community, led by unionized workers of Condé Nast.

RALLY AGAINST RACIST POLICE TERROR

Stand with Black and immigrant families victimized by NYPD and ICE violence.

Assemble 12 Noon – Flatbush Ave. (between Ave. D & Clarendon Rd.)
March to Parkside & Ocean Ave. Entrance to Prospect Park
(masks required and available).

RALLY FOR THE PRO ACT

Tell majority leader Chuck Schumer to push the 3 Democratic senators who are blocking the PRO Act from coming to a vote. Pass the PRO Act.
Outside of Chuck Schumer’s House.
9 Prospect Park West
Saturday, May 1st, 2:30 to 3:30 pm. 

May 3 – WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

Deliver a message of solidarity with the striking journalists at Notimex, the official government news agency of Mexico. They have been on strike for more than 400 days! TNG and NWU are going to the Mexican consulate on E. 39th St.

Monday, May 3 at 12 noon. Join us.

“If you think that by hanging us you can stamp out the labor movement – the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery…expect salvation – if this is your opinion, then hang us! Here you will tread upon a spark, but there, and there, and behind you, and in front of you, and everywhere, flames will blaze up. It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out. The ground is on fire upon which you stand.” Haymarket martyr August Spies on the gallows – 1887.

May 5 – A Forum: LABOR and the Movement for Peace and Justice

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Don’t miss the discussion:
Labor & The Movements For
Peace And Social Justice.
★ Wednesday, May 5th, 6:30 pm, On Zoom
★ Register here: bit.ly/Labor4Peace
 

May 6, 13, 20, 27 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS

NEW TIME – 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

Note the new time. Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

JUNE 2021
June 3, 10, 17, 24 – ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAYS

NEW TIME – 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting members are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

Note the new time. Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

JULY 2021 

July 1 – VIRTUAL OPEN MIC FIRST THURSDAYS

The National Writers Union is returning to the NYPL Muhlenberg Branch — virtually, for the time being!

Come to read or listen to others’ inspired words. The Muhlenberg Library in collaboration with the National Writers Union is hosting a virtual open mic every first Thursday of the month. It is time to gather together and share our original works. Writers from all genres are welcome. This virtual stage allows you to add video or music to your reading as long as you have permission from the copyright owner. Participants cannot sell their works during the event but can show book covers during their readings. Content should be for a general audience, and readings including language or descriptions inappropriate for children must begin with a warning. Recording of this event is strictly prohibited.

This event will be conducted via Google Meet. Registration is required by 5 pm on the day of the open mic. If you would like to read, please put “writer” after your name (e.g., John Smith writer).  You must provide your email address in order to receive the link to participate and a link with a consent form that must be filled if you are a “writer”. Each writer can read up to seven minutes.  Reading order will be determined by first come, first serve. 

REGISTRATION LINK:

https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/07/01/nypl-muhlenberg-national-writers-union-virtual-open-mic

If you experience any problems with the meeting link, please call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

Featured NWU Member – Judy C. Andrews

Judy C. Andrews received a master of arts degree in English/Creative Writing from The City College of New York. She has worked as a teacher, freelance writer, an editor, and a presidentially appointed children’s advocate. Ms. Andrews is also a member of the Harlem Writers Guild as well as the New York chapter of The National Writers Union, and PEN America. Ms. Andrews’ most recent works are The Gathering of Gemstones: A Poetry Collection, on Amazon Kindle, and an essay titled, “Brightness,” which appears in The Read650 Anthology, Gratitude.

Would you like to be our next featured writer? New York Chapter members of the NWU can have their own Author’s Page on the National Writers Union’s main website. Join Judy! Contact us to learn more.

July 8, 15, 22, 29 – OPEN MIC THURSDAYS 

ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAY at 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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://us02web.zoom.us/j/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom first to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting participants are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.  Interested in being our guest host? Let us know.

Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

July 17 – Easing the Self-Publishing Process Panel Discussion

STOP THE REJECTIONS! LET SELF-PUBLISHING BE AN OPTION

SATURDAY, JULY 17 @ 11:00-1:00 BY ZOOM

If you enjoy the idea of being in full control of your writing and the desire to control all the aspects that comes, then self-publishing is the direction where you should take your writing.

We have important information to share that will help ease the self-publishing process. Please find our contact information listed below. 

We will focus on three major points: 

Getting things ready (You are the Publisher)

Editing
Copyright
Peer view
Book cover/fonts/title/color/book cost
ISBN

Platforms

KDP- Kindle Direct Publishing
Smashwords – E-books only
Ingram Spark
Local Printing Company –
Marketing

Make sure you are promoting your book a year before it’s published
Press release
Book signings
Tips
Question and Answers

Willie Wideman-Pleasants  (Host and Panelist)

Author, producer, director, educator who holds a degree from the University of Massachusetts.   The producer and host of “Willie’s Web Talk Show.”  A member of the Boston Chapter Steering Committee and the president of the Seniors on the Move social group. She just published an anthology for the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library Group called, Write On! Write On! as a fundraiser.

Ken Wachsberger (Panelist)

Author, editor, and book coach Ken Wachsberger is a former NWU chapter and national officer, founder of the academic writers’ caucus, and a long-time book contract adviser, as well as a statewide officer of the National Speakers Association.  He is an internationally known expert and speaker on the underground and alternative press of the sixties and seventies. 

His upcoming book is The Panera Dialogues: Sketches from My Office.

734-635-05776

ken@kenthebookcoach.com

www.kenthebookcoach.com

https://www.azenphonypress.com/

https://voicesfromtheunderground.com/voices.htm

Timothy Sheard (Panelist)

Editor Hard Ball Press, Chair, Metro NY Labor Communications Council  

After writing nine acclaimed medical mystery novels, veteran nurse Timothy Sheard retired from hospital duty and launched Hard Ball Press, a social justice imprint, with books for grownups and children. After the pandemic took hold in New York, Tim began composing songs for his coworkers in the hospital who fought the Covid virus, and songs for Black Lives Matter and the Climate Crisis. The proud father of two fine sons, he lives with his wife Mary in Brooklyn, NY. More at www.hardballpress.com.

Timothy Sheard, editor Hard Ball Press Chair, Metro NY Labor Communications Council.       917-428-1352

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July 19 – NWU NEW YORK GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

MONDAY, JULY 19, 6 – 8 PM (ONLINE)

Yes, you’re being invited to another Zoom meeting, but we’ll be talking about in-person plans — like the NWU’s national Delegates Assemblya picnic, the New York Poetry Festival, and the Brooklyn Book Festival — and giving you a virtual mic to share what you’ve been doing. We also need to fill three seats on the New York Steering Committee. Any current dues-paying member of the New York Chapter can serve. Curious? Email us at nwuny@nwu.org or call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497 to learn how a few hours each month achieves important protections for writers.
FSP MembersWe want to know how we can support your ongoing and upcoming campaigns like the fantastic Rate Sharing database at https://freelancesolidarity.org/actions-campaigns/rate-sharing/.

Advance registration is needed to join. Click here — 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMvdeuopz4oE9AkGbL-pNEM_9YuBcDvgfQM 

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

Featured NWU Member – Peter Benjaminson

Peter Benjaminson was born in Washington, D.C., and was a reporter and City-County Bureau Chief for the Detroit Free Press from 1970-76. While at the Free Press, he wrote the book INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, with Dave Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1976 and Iowa State University Press, 1990), the first how-to book in that field. It was in print for 20 years. In 1979 he wrote THE STORY OF MOTOWN (New York: Grove Press), the first U.S. book ever written about the Motown Record Company. 

He now lives in New York City. Click here to learn about his many books. Click here to contact Peter.

Would you like to be our next featured writer? New York Chapter members of the NWU can have their own Author’s Page on the National Writers Union’s main website. Join Peter! Contact us to learn more.

July 24 – NWU at the New York Poetry Festival

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Details

Every year on the last weekend of July, The New York City Poetry Festival invites poetry organizations and collectives of all shapes and sizes to bring their unique formats, aesthetics, and personalities to the festival grounds, which are ringed with a collection of beautiful Victorian houses and tucked beneath the wide, green canopies of dozens of century-old trees. By uniting the largest community of poets in the country and offering a unique setting for literary activity, the New York City Poetry Festival electrifies arts and literature and brings poetry to new light in the public eye.

This is a two-day event. Learn more at https://www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/
Reserve your ticket for the Governors Island Ferry in advance. https://www.govisland.com/plan-your-visit/ferry

The National Writers Union is hosting a 30-minute reading featuring members of our weekly open mic.
* Mike McQuillan — https://nwu.org/chapters/new-york/author-pages/mike-mcquillan/
* Randall Liban
* Betty Pierre — https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/resource/artist-registry/Betty-Pierre.html
* Sarah Romoff
* Ernest Woodley — https://www.facebook.com/ernest.woodley

Individual poets can also sign up for open mic reading slots at the Festival. https://www.newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com/open-mic

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August 2021

August 5 – VIRTUAL OPEN MIC FIRST THURSDAYS

The National Writers Union is returning to the NYPL Muhlenberg Branch — virtually, for the time being!

Come to read or listen to others’ inspired words. The Muhlenberg Library in collaboration with the National Writers Union is hosting a virtual open mic every first Thursday of the month. It is time to gather together and share our original works. Writers from all genres are welcome. This virtual stage allows you to add video or music to your reading as long as you have permission from the copyright owner. Participants cannot sell their works during the event but can show book covers during their readings. Content should be for a general audience, and readings including language or descriptions inappropriate for children must begin with a warning. Recording of this event is strictly prohibited.

This event will be conducted via Google Meet. Registration is required by 5 pm on the day of the open mic. If you would like to read, please put “writer” after your name (e.g., John Smith writer).  You must provide your email address in order to receive the link to participate and a link with a consent form that must be filled if you are a “writer”. Each writer can read up to seven minutes.  Reading order will be determined by first come, first serve. 

REGISTRATION LINK:

https://www.meetup.com/NationalWritersUnionNYC/events/279631131/

If you experience any problems with the meeting link, please call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

 
August 12, 19, 26 – OPEN MIC THURSDAYS 

ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAY at 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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://us02web.zoom.us/j/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom first to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting participants are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.  Interested in being our guest host? Let us know.

Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

Featured NWU Member – Peter Benjaminson

Peter Benjaminson was born in Washington, D.C., and was a reporter and City-County Bureau Chief for the Detroit Free Press from 1970-76. While at the Free Press, he wrote the book INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, with Dave Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1976 and Iowa State University Press, 1990), the first how-to book in that field. It was in print for 20 years. In 1979 he wrote THE STORY OF MOTOWN (New York: Grove Press), the first U.S. book ever written about the Motown Record Company. 

He now lives in New York City. Click here to learn about his many books. Click here to contact Peter.

Would you like to be our next featured writer? New York Chapter members of the NWU can have their own Author’s Page on the National Writers Union’s main website. Join Peter! Contact us to learn more.

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SEPTEMBER 2021

September 2 – NATIONAL WRITERS UNION VIRTUAL OPEN MIC

The National Writers Union is returning to the NYPL Muhlenberg Branch — virtually, for the time being!

Come to read or listen to others’ inspired words. The Muhlenberg Library in collaboration with the National Writers Union is hosting a virtual open mic every first Thursday of the month. It is time to gather together and share our original works. Writers from all genres are welcome. This virtual stage allows you to add video or music to your reading as long as you have permission from the copyright owner. Participants cannot sell their works during the event but can show book covers during their readings. Content should be for a general audience, and readings including language or descriptions inappropriate for children must begin with a warning. Recording of this event is strictly prohibited.

This event will be conducted via Google Meet. Registration is required by 5 pm on the day of the open mic. If you would like to read, please put “writer” after your name (e.g., John Smith writer).  You must provide your email address in order to receive the link to participate and a link with a consent form that must be filled if you are a “writer”. Each writer can read up to seven minutes.  Reading order will be determined by first come, first serve. 

REGISTRATION LINK:

https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/09/02/national-writers-union-virtual-open-mic.

If you experience any problems with the meeting link, please call/text Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497. 

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.

September  9, 16 – OPEN MIC THURSDAYS

ONLINE OPEN MIC THURSDAY at 6:30 PM – 8 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. 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://us02web.zoom.us/j/4409503412. Don’t have one of those handy? Then use your phone and dial (646) 558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 440 950 3412. As a security measure, you will need to log into Zoom first to join us. Zoom accounts for meeting participants are free. You can sign up at https://zoom.us/signup. If you have any problems joining, call/text NWU Open Mic organizer Alex Faiz at (203) 947-2497.  Interested in being our guest host? Let us know.

Looking forward to welcoming you this Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8 pm. This will be our regular time slot. Come even to just listen to others’ inspired words.

We’re very eager to help our members and fellow writers’ organizations whenever we can. Do you have an upcoming virtual event for or about writers? Reach out to the National Writers Union to see if we can collaborate with you.