Writer Alert: Heart and Soul Magazine

Heart & Soul continues to cheat its former writers, some of whom remain unpaid for years. Since the Writer Alert posted in April 2013 reporting that H&S had yielded to pressure from the NWU and the UAW  and had started reimbursing writers in installments, three more NWU members have come to the union for help. Together […]

Meeting with the U.S. Copyright Office

On July 28, representatives from National Writers Union (NWU), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) met with a six-person delegation from the US Copyright Office in their offices at their invitation. Our delegation consisted of Salley Shannon, past president of ASJA; Michael Capobianco, past […]

Writing on a Greek Island

It came up at the last minute: A career coach’s newsletter had a paragraph in it about her upcoming trip to Agistri, Greece, off the coast of Athens. She would be leading morning and evening meditation, while her colleague, a woman from England, would coach the writing sessions. If I shared a room and took […]

Hitting the Streets at the Harlem Book Fair

New Yorkers attending this year’s Harlem Book Fair, one of the largest writers’ events in the city, reflected the diversity of the NWU’s members.  On Saturday, July 16, 10 members displayed their recent works along with information about the union, including our new membership brochures,  buttons, and  “Workers of the WORD, Unite” T-shirts, some of […]

NWU’s Salaam Speaks at UAW Chaplain Conference

Three hundred members of the United Auto Workers Chaplaincy Program recently gathered for the 29th annual conference on June 5 in Onaway, MI. Elder Herb Taylor of Region 5 (Kansas City, KS) presided as international leader of the group. The chaplains serve in a volunteer capacity and are mainly employed at various UAW work sites […]

What’s Mine is Mine!

In 1976 I made a half hour video about the artist Norman Lewis, a personal friend. Nineteen years later I sold a few copies at a very nominal cost of the copyrighted film to a few people who were also friends of Norman Lewis for their personal use. Twenty years after that when visiting a […]

Beware of Lone Wolves

When members come to us with grievances for nonpayment against reputable publishers or corporate clients, we can usually help them get their money. Yet more and more of our grievances are against lone wolves: scam artists who hide, change identities, or just plain ignore writers’ claims. A lot of them run blogs, which they start […]

Keeping Tabs on Who Pays Writers

If you’re a freelance journalist, particularly one who writes for the web a lot, then chances are you’ve heard of Who Pays Writers? If you haven’t, let me catch you up.  Who Pays Writers? was started in 2012 as a Tumblr blog, where writers were invited to anonymously post rates they were paid by various […]

What Shall We Call Ourselves?

The BizTech Division was formed to represent those who write for the business community, as well as what once was the burgeoning Silicon Valley tech world. BizTech writing assignments were works for hire, where copyrights belonged to the employers— rather than individual writers—for such items as user manuals and PR releases. BizTech was a catchy […]

Lowenberg Published in Poetry Journal

NWU member Zigi Lowenberg’s poem, “The Ridiculous Optimism of the Daffodil,” was published in Rabbit and Rose, an online poetry journal. A poet, performer, and co-leader in the seminal jazzpoetry ensemble, UpSurge! Lowenberg lives with her husband and creative partner in Harlem and Oakland. Follow her @ZigarinaZigi and learn more at upsurgejazz. Here is Lowenberg’s […]