Upcoming Events

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/
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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

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

OPEN ENROLLMENT (Self-Paced) – Free online safety course 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.

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/

JANUARY 2021

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.

More Announcements 

What’s Ahead in 2021 from the Copyright Office and Congress?: Writers can expect further gains in U.S. Copyright Office procedures in 2021. In response to a petition initiated by the NWU, writers can now copyright up to 50 separately published articles, stories, poems or works online, with a single application form and for the standard $65 fee.

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/freelancer-policies/.

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/2020/12/02/freelancer-principles/.

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/

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

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