Upcoming Events

 
 
 
 
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RECURRING MONTHLY EVENTS
 
Monthly Open Mic 
Repeats the first Saturday of every month * 2:00 – 4:30 PM
(June 1) 
 

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group.   Muhlenburg Public Library – 209 W 23rd St., 3rd Flr, New York, NY  (Near Seventh Avenue)

 Fully accessible to wheelchairs.  FREE

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Calling All Writers! Advance your career with monthly programs about the business side of writing, from the National Writers Union, NY Chapter.

Repeats the 2nd Wednesday of each month, since September 13, 2017.  ( June 12

Fee: FREE

Program Details: 6 pm light refreshments; 6:30 – 9:00 pm speaker and discussion.

Location: 256 W. 38 St., 12th Floor, NYC (UAW Conference Rooms)

For more information, contact Tim Sheard: sheard2001@gmail.com

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MAY 2019

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May 18 –Live Stage Reading of ‘The Green Book’, with Playwright Calvin Ramsey

The 8th Annual Workers Unite Film Festival Celebrates NWU!

Program 24: 

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  • DC 1707 Auditorium – 420 West 45th Street (map)

Doors: 6:30 pm. Play starts 7:00 pm sharp.

Not to be missed! A concert staged reading of ‘The Green Book’ play, with playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Director Vincent Scott, and Cast for Q&A afterwards.

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THE GREEN BOOK is a play that sheds light on a time in America when Jim Crow and separate but equal was the law of the land. Travel and accommodations for African Americans were complex and full of uncertainties. Where a person or family could eat, sleep, buy gasoline or use restrooms was never without tension and, in some cases, was a life and death struggle. The play allows those who were born after the landmark civil rights bills were passed to look back upon a not so pleasant time in American History, but also to see a people who looked out for one another and provided a safe harbor in a swirling storm. A Jewish concentration camp survivor enters the play and the complexities of the times play out. (2018, 1 hr 20 min) Q&A after with Playwright, Director and Cast.

Get tickets on Eventbrite here!

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JUNE 2019

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June 1 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member  M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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June 12 – Looking for the Pony: Win Your Audience and sell your Work, with Calvin Ramsey.

“For success as a writer, you must be in a constant forward motion of telling your stories to all audiences.  That story is your writing and us a living journey. You don’t just sell your work, you sell yourself. We all have a life and that life is what you are offering to your audience. Most artists have a hard time offering their work for sale since writing is such a private endeavor. My talk is about sharing your work and finding audiences that are overlooked and often forgotten. It boils down to how bad you want to be a performer in addition to being a writer and storyteller.” – Calvin Ramsey

Calvin Alexander Ramsey is a man of numerous talents. Not only does he write award-winning picture books for children, he is a photographer, a folk art painter, and a playwright. His plays have won awards as they traveled across the country to Washington, D.C., Atlanta; Omaha, Nebraska; San Francisco; and Alaska. That schedule surely agrees with Calvin because he has called many cities home: Martha’s Vineyard; New York City; Santa Monica, California; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix and St. John. Now he lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His first picture book, Ruth and the Green Book, tells the story of an African American family as they travel across a “Jim Crow” United States.

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JULY 2019

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July 6 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member  M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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July 20 – NWU Writing While Black Panel Discussion at the HJFair

Join members of the NWU at the Harlem Book Fair for a panel discussion.

The Harlem Book Fair is presented by Quarterly Black Review and runs from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, July 20, at West 135th St @ Malcolm X Boulevard. The mission of the Harlem Book Fair is to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community.

The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.

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July 27 – 28: The 9th Annual NYC Poetry Festival

NYC Poetry Festival

The 9th Annual New York City Poetry Festival will be held on Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row on July 27th & 28th, 2019. The Poetry Society of New York, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting poetry within our culture, will once again invite attendees to come together for this free two-day festival to celebrate New York City’s vibrant poetry community.

To sign up to read at the Ring of Daisies Open Mic, stop by the Ring of Daisies table at the festival. The open mic will begin as soon as people start signing up in the morning! That means it will run from around 11 am to 3 pm & 4 pm to 7 pm (Saturday) or 5 pm (Sunday), with an hour break each day for the festival’s headliners!

Festival is open from 11 AM – 6 PM each day. Location: Governor’s Island. For more information about the festival, go to newyorkcitypoetryfestival.com.

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AUGUST 2019

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August 3 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member  M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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August 22-25: The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally. Gain invaluable tips to improve your craft, explore publishing options and learn how to establish a sustainable career—all while being inspired by successful authors and your fellow attendees. And it’s all brought to you by Writer’s Digest, the experts at nurturing and developing writers at every stage of their career for 100 years.

REGISTER NOW

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SEPTEMBER 2019

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September 7 – Monthly Open Mic

The NWU hosts a monthly Open Mic on the Third Floor of the Muhlenberg Library (209 West 23rd Street, NYC)

ALL writers are welcome to read or just come to listen to inspired words and participate in this uniquely supportive group. from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.

You’re sure to go home with new contacts and resources to advance your own work. No registration needed to read.

Hosted by NWU NY Steering Committee member  M.A. Dennis.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Muhlenburg Public Library
209 W 23rd St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY
(near Seventh Avenue)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs.
FREE ADMISSION

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September 11 – ART AND WORDS: HOW THEY COMPLEMENT AND ENRICH EACH OTHER with Anel Pitcairn

Writers learn:

  • What makes an effective cover image
  • How do artists interpret the author’s book subjects in the crafting of their artwork
  • How art and design are used to create a comprehensive and effective press release or flyer with artwork
  • What determines printing costs and the differences between how color or b&w is printed.
  • How artists and writers collaborate for a successful book.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

6 – 8:30 PM

UAW Conference Rooms

256 W. 38th Street, 12th floor, Manhattan

Refreshments will be served!

A Free Program

Information & RSVP: sheard2001@gmail.com

or 917-428-1352

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September 21-23: Brooklyn Book Festival

Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street,
Brooklyn NY 11201 
 
When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2019, from 10 am — 6 pm
 
Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Day Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 10 am – 4 pm
 
Bookend Events September 16 – 23, 2019
Rain Or Shine. For more information, visit brooklynbookfestival.org
 
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy
authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
 
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