National Writers Union to Hold Contract and Negotiation Workshop at Poynter Institute

For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul J. MacArthur,


NEW YORK (September 4, 2012) - Paul J. MacArthur, Vice President of External Organizing and Assistant National Contract Advisor of the National Writers Union, will be conducting a contract and negotiation workshop at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 1, 2012 as part of Poynter's Writing and Selling Your Freelance Stories seminar.

The NWU contract and negotiation workshop will teach writers how to examine freelance contracts, negotiate better deals, and avoid contract language that can cause unforeseen problems. Freelancers will learn what terms they can't live without and what clauses absolutely must go.

"Many of the issues between freelancers and publishers are the result of bad contracts," says MacArthur. "By learning how to spot troublesome contract language and negotiate better deals, writers can avoid the pitfalls associated with bad contracts and make more money."

The Poynter Institute is one of the nation's top schools for professional journalists and news media leaders, as well as future journalists and journalism teachers. Poynter's Writing and Selling Your Freelance Stories seminar is designed to help writers, primarily those in the freelance market, tell better stories and sell them. For more information about the Writing and Selling Your Freelance Stories seminar, including potential partial scholarships, go to:

"I'm excited to present a contract and negotiation workshop at the Poynter Institute, which is known for its high quality journalism education," says MacArthur. "The most common refrain I hear from published writers is, 'I wish I attended your workshop before I signed my contract.' Whatever you do, don't sign on the dotted line without attending this workshop."

About the National Writers Union: Formed in 1981, the National Writers Union (UAW 1981) represents freelance writers in all genres, including fiction, poetry, academic writing, technical writing, screen writing, opinion, and journalism. The NWU offers free contract advice and grievance assistance to its members. The NWU's Grievance Officers have won members more than $1.49 million in grievance awards. To contact the National Writers Union, call (212) 254-0279, send an email to, or send regular mail to 256 West 38th Street, Suite 703, New York, NY 10018. 

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