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

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/

 

August 2021

August 5 – OPEN MIC 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 – 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.

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MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Freelance Solidarity Project General Info Session: Tuesday, August 3, 6:30 pm – 7:30 ET. 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 advance registration is required. Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDCuU2VCLKdDYfHQC_yEJ1GWHrDj9x2XXmcIl2R2asI37v7A/viewform
Registration for the Joint NYPL-NWU Virtual Open Mic is Now Open. Come join us on Thursday, August 5, from 6:30 – 8 PM. Advance registration is required and closes the day before at 2 pm ET.
Link to the registration page — https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2021/08/05/national-writers-union-virtual-open-mic.
If you would like to read, make sure to add “writer” to the end of your name on the form. You will then be sent a consent form. Contact us at nwuny@nwu.org with any questions.
CANCELLED: NWU’s Annual Picnic on Saturday, August 14. Out of an abundance of caution, we have cancelled this event. Please stay safe.
SAVE THE DATE – National Writers Union’s 2021 (Virtual) Delegate Assembly. September 23-25. All members are welcome to attend this national event. #WritingOurFuture. More details soon.
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-on-draft-of-digital-copyright-act-of-2021/

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/

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/