Verizon Strike Attracts SoCal Union Support

Members of several unions, including the NWU, stood in front of a Verizon store in Burbank, CA, on May 5 to support the nearly 40,000 striking Verizon workers from Massachusetts to New York to Virginia. Most of the strikers are represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Those who came to show their support […]

DC Chapter Retreat gets Writers on the Same Page

Wordsmiths in and around Washington, DC came together April 9 to discuss new ways to connect and organize around the issues that matter to writers: copyright, freelance pay rates, and fair contracts.Twenty-four people attended the conference, hosted by the National Writers Union, DC Chapter, and came from DC, Virginia, Maryland, and even New York to […]

Third Annual DC LaborFest Set for May

With nearly 60 labor arts events planned for the third annual DC LaborFest in May, now’s the time to mark your calendar and spread the word! The just-released LaborFest “Save the Date” card makes that easy. It includes a full color-coded calendar with a schedule of all the labor films, concerts, history, art, and book […]

Boston Annual Book Party

The  NWU Boston Chapter annual book party featured pizza, great conversation, and a celebration of the 17 members whose books were published in 2015. Six of the authors read enticing tidbits from their work to enthusiastic applause. Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges delivered a stirring keynote on the importance of poetry in American history. She […]

Tax Tips for Writers

NWU member and tax accountant Therese Francis spoke at a recent NorCal event. These are points she covered in her talk on taxes for writers: Think like a business, look like a business, be seen as a business and, most of all, take advantage of tax laws for businesses. The IRS recognizes two types of […]

Accountant Shares Tips at ‘Taxes for Writers’ Event

Therese Francis, PhD, an NWU member from New Mexico, led an informative and timely session, Taxes for Writers, on January 7 in San Francisco. NWU’s Northern California Chapter and the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room co-sponsored the workshop. A writer, publisher and accountant, Francis kicked off the current tax season with the lunchtime event […]

NY Chapter’s Lit Conference a Success

The National Writers Union’s Fifth Annual New York conference was a wonderful success.  In spite of frigid temperatures, the event was well attended and widely appreciated. “The content of the program and energy of the writers who attended bodes well for the future of the chapter and the union as a whole,” said NWU President Larry Goldbetter. The […]

The National Writers Union’s Fifth Annual New York Conference

Improve your relationship with your typewriter or tablet (pen or pencil) the day before Valentine’s Day. The National Writers Union’s Fifth Annual New York Conference Saturday, February 13, 2016 9 am – 6:30 pm NWU Headquarters 256 West 38th Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues), NYC Lure new readers using proven techniques from nationally recognized […]

Notes on Writing a Novel

Each morning I confirm my purpose as a writer with a ritual: My perpetually open bedroom blinds serve as a visual alarm. Checking the weather and tides app on my phone help me determine if the day’s exercise will be rowing or hiking. Reviewing news alerts confirm that life still exists outside of my door. […]

Litquake, NWU Partner at SF Fest

On October 11, the Northern California NWU Chapter made its first appearance at San Francisco’s Litquake Festival. We set up our table in the main room, which was nicely situated to observe the main event: “The Bridge Between Fiction and Non: Adam Johnson and T.J. Stiles in Conversation.” Johnson, author of The Orphan Master’s Son, […]