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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/
April 8 – 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/
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.
The National Writers Union and the Freelance Solidarity Project Support the PRO Act: It would help grow and strengthen unions in the United States by addressing some of the core weaknesses of our current labor laws. For starters, it would make it easier to form a union. Learn more here — https://nwu.org/the-national-
writers-union-and-the- freelance-solidarity-project- support-the-pro-act/.
NWU Comments on Draft of “Digital Copyright Act of 2021”: Our concerns with the draft relate primarily to the inclusion of yet another misguided proposal to authorize copying so-called “orphan works” without the authors’ permission. The NWU has consistently opposed such legislation as based on ignorance and/or misunderstanding of writers’ business models, especially in new online markets for written work. Copyright law exists to benefit writers and readers — not publishers. Read more at https://nwu.org/nwu-comments-
Defector Announces Principles for Freelancers: The Freelance Solidarity Project is excited to present a unilateral announcement with Defector’s editorial collective, which outlines a set of shared principles for freelance digital media workers. The complete document can be reviewed on Defector’s website at https://defector.com/
The Intercept Announces Principles for Freelancers: Over the past year, members of The Freelance Solidarity Project (NWU) and The Intercept have been collaborating to create a set of shared principles for freelance digital media workers. Yesterday, we are proud to present our unilateral announcement of those principles. The complete document can be reviewed on The Intercept’s website – https://theintercept.com/2020/
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/