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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
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.
Coronavirus Relief for Writers: In early April, 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/
July 7 – Joint NYPL-NWU Monthly Virtual First Thursday Open Mic Nights
Come to read or listen to others’ inspired words. The Muhlenberg Library in collaboration with the National Writers Union (https://nwu.org/) 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 the 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.
Thursday, July 7 · 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Why do some people have a home while others can’t find one?
August 4 prompt: Why do some people miss which side of the bread is buttered?
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Are You Owed Money? The #DisneyMustPay Task Force expanded its focus to include all creators of comics and graphic novelists, not solely writers. Illustrators, letterers, and other artists are encouraged to report any contractual grievance. Learn more at https://www.writersmustbepaid.org/.
You’re Invited to Join the Members of NWU FB Group: We 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/