EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GCD

The Grievance and Contract Division’s semi-annual report for the second half of 2015 has just been posted here. We hope you’ll take the time to peruse it. The GCD is made up of about twenty volunteers at any given time. A lot of people think that all we do is collect money for writers who […]

Reading and Feeding Writers

“You’re here to help get writers read, the NWU’s here to help get writers fed.”~ NWU member September Williams Hundreds of writers, editors, and publishers met in the city for the 13th annual San Francisco Writers Conference, February 11-15. New and established writers attended workshops with well-known authors, learned about publishing options, speed-dated with agents, […]

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. […]