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New 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
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/
June 4 – Vowels & Visions: NWU Writers’ Chat
AN HOUR OF VOWELS & VISIONS: Writers chatting about our craft
EVERY THURSDAY AT 7 PM
How is this different from other online grapevines, virtual happy hours, and Zoom classrooms? We’re a group of writing addicts who encourage each other to dip our pens deeper. Writers from all genres and at all stages are not only welcome but are encouraged to share their experiences. We all learn from each other. See how Patricia Hilliard uses GoodReads to reach her readers. Last time, a seasoned book reviewer recommended videos as an important promotion tool. Then, Trish Tyne Salmon talked about her YouTube channel.
We explore every aspect of a writer’s life. Want to share some sentences or stanzas you just finished? We make time for two short readings (2 – 5 minutes) each night. Looking for tips for pitching your book? Practice with us. Want to learn how to enter a new market? We have business writers from poets regularly join us. Spend time with us even if you have never joined a virtual meeting before. We promise you’ll feel as though you escaped from your abode for an hour. Just click on this link from any computer or mobile device — https://bluejeans.com/
Want to suggest a topic for discussion? Email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. Consider being a guest host too. We’ll handle the tech tools, while you greet the writers who join that night. It’s a great chance to practice for your virtual book party (which many other writers were doing even before the pandemic).
New 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.
June 9 – Eastern Region Membership Meeting
On May 19, you should have recieved the UAW-NWU joint statement on our ending our affiliation with the UAW. On May 26, you should have recieved the report from the National Executive Board and Delegates meeting, discussing how we got here and where we are headed.
We are organizing regional membership meetings to discuss these reports and get your input, questions, criticisms and suggestions.
The Eastern Region membership meeting will be Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00pm EDT.
Register HERE to recieve the link to the meeting.
August 13-16: Writer’s Digest Annual Conference
Writer’s Digest Annual Conference: August 13-16 in NYC. The organizers are still moving forward with this conference, so if the doors are open, the NWU wants to attend. We need 1-3 organizers to help us reach as many attendees as possible over those three days. Interested? Email email@example.com, and let’s start planning for something outside of our apartments!