Garrett Robinson is Back with More Performances of Letters to Zoey

After traveling to Boston, in January, to perform excerpts of his musical at the American Library Conference Mid-Winter Convention, Garrett Robinson is back in New York City with three more performances of Letters to Zoey in Midtown this March.  Check out a video clip:   John Chatterton is producing the performances in the Midtown International Theatre Festival – […]

CLINTON, SANDERS TOP NWU POLL

With the first caucuses and primaries of the 2016 Presidential Election underway, our parent union, the UAW, is discussing whom, if anyone, to endorse. To aid them in this decision, the UAW’s International Executive Board asked every UAW Region to conduct a member survey  to determine whom they preferred. The National Writers Union is Local […]

SOME THEFT IS LEGAL

Members have told us that they’ve pitched an idea for an article, and a similar article turned up under someone else’s name. They say they wrote books about teenage vampires or nerdy supervillains, and then watched other people make millions from their plot lines. They think that copyright law should protect them. In most cases, […]

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

OUR DIGITAL OUTREACH PROJECT In 2013, we identified improving internal and external digital communication as our greatest strategic need, and followed up by launching a 2-year project to upgrade our website and database. In that spirit, I’m proposing a Digital Outreach Project that will be conducted mainly through Twitter and Facebook, helping us to draw […]

Author Calvin Ramsey Reads at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library

Author Calvin Alexander Ramsey read his story of a girl named Ruth, during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Special Storytime at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.  In the story, Ruth helps her family navigate the Jim Crow South using the Negro Motorist’s Green Book (published in 1936 by Harlem postman Victor Hugo Green). This book advised African […]

President’s Report ~ December 2015

2015 In Review We may look back on 2015 as a watershed year for the NWU: We made difficult decisions and long-needed changes that could give our union a new lease on life. For example, this year the national office cut expenses by more than $60,000, while our delegates approved a modest dues increase for […]

Hybrid Author: Self + Conventional Publishing

Writing, editing, and publishing a book with a publishing house is hard. You have to collaborate with your editor, cover designer, and production team. You have to follow house rules. You need to meet deadlines and be on time. Writing, editing, and publishing a book by yourself is also hard. Forget a pre-assigned editor and […]

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. […]

NWU Condemns All Terror Attacks

The National Writers Union condemns in the strongest possible terms, the brutal terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on November 13. We also condemn similar attacks that took place in Beirut on November 11, at a funeral in Baghdad the previous week, and the bombing of the Russian commercial flight traveling from Sharm al-Sheikh […]

For Book Lovers Only: Jo Anne Meekins

NWU Member Jo Anne Meekins was interviewed by host Rob Brown on the “For Book Lovers Only” show in Laurel, MD.  Jo Anne, author of six books to date, discusses her work and writing process.  She touches on forgiveness, self-publishing, and divine inspiration, as she authentically shares her personal experiences and employs tips and techniques in […]