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Response to our appeal and FAQ from proponents of “Controlled Digital Lending”

There’s been no direct response from the Internet Archive in the month since the NWU and dozens of other organizations launched our campaign against so-called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). Unauthorized scanning and distribution of digital copies of printed books continues, unchecked. The defenders of CDL have, however, posted their own new FAQ which is obviously […]

In D.C., Audiences Can Visit North Korea Without a Passport

North Korea is perhaps the most secretive nation on Earth. In a new one-man show, Next Stop: North Korea, NWU member John Feffer aims to bring you as close to as you can get without a visa and a ticket to Seoul. The show is based on his visits to the country and work he […]

NWU denounces “Controlled Digital Lending”

National Writers Union calls for dialogue with libraries on Internet Archive book scanning Today the National Writers Union (UAW Local 1981, AFL-CIO) joins authors and contributors to books from around the world to denounce the scanning and distribution of complete copies of hundreds of thousands of books by the Internet Archive and its library “partners” […]

DC Public Library’s Author Festival Offers Chance to Hone Your Craft

This month authors have the chance to take part in workshops, discussions, social activities, and professional development in a one-day festival courtesy of the DC Public Library and the Library of Congress. Session topics at the DC Author Festival will include international publishing, genre writing, short story writing, working with an agent, structuring your novel, […]

The Coolest Person at the Writers Conference

At the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Portland the final week of March, I did the usual: go to workshops and hit the parties. But it was the unusual that resonated: A chat with writer Jennifer F. Steil at the Authors Guild gathering. She told me about serving as a newspaper editor in […]

Arizona Labor Packs a Punch

In the run up to the 2018 election, an office in the back of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall in Tucson served as cramped headquarters for a new kind of labor campaign. A hand-made poster on the wall compare the two most recent Arizona District 2 Congressional members’ lifetime legislative scores showed why […]

Amazon Selling Plagiarized Books

On March 20, Book Division Co-Chair Aleah Barley, joined Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger and a number of Authors Coalition member organizations on a conference call to explore ways to stop plagiarism on Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and Kindle Unlimited (KU) platforms. The call was in preparation for a possible letter writing campaign […]

One Year After Arrest, Memphis Journalist Manuel Duran Still Jailed by ICE, Showing the Injustice of U.S. Immigration System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  April 3, 2019 Contact: Jeff Migliozzi jeff.migliozzi@splcenter.org / (334) 303-1261 Duran Continues Fight with Habeas Filing Memphis, Tenn. – On April 3 of last year, journalist Manuel Duran was arrested while covering a Memphis protest focused on local law enforcement’s practice of detaining suspected immigrants and handing them over to U.S. Immigration and […]

President’s April 2019 Report

Non-Payment Grievances In our first major non-payment grievance of 2019, payments are going out to six freelancers at Out Magazine/Pride Media worth about $9,500. Overall, 30 freelancers will be collecting more than $40,000 for work that was contracted, produced and published by Out Magazine/Pride Media. Some of the invoices are more than a year old. […]

George Lakey on the Plus Side of a Polarized Society

NWU member George Lakey spoke recently about how the Scandinavian countries went from a deeply polarized region in the 1920s and 30s, with Nazis and Bolsheviks fighting each other, to the most economically equal region with the highest productivity and most generous benefits in the world. Lakey, a recently retired professor at Swarthmore (PA) College, […]

Yusef Salaam on Writing While Black

In commemoration of African American History Month, NWU’s New York chapter presented “Writing While Black” on February 13th at NWU headquarters in midtown Manhattan. Veteran journalist Herb Boyd, who is also an Amsterdam News columnist, led journalists Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Yusef Salaam, along with poets Eartha Watts-Hicks, JP Howard, and Raymond Nathaniel Turner (co-chair of NWU’s […]

How writers monetize words: The marketplaces for writing in digital formats

The Internet is often depicted as a threat to traditional print publishing and traditional print publishers, which is not wrong. But the Internet has also created many new digital publishing and income opportunities for tech-savvy, innovative, and entrepreneurial writers. This includes ways to make money from business models and types of writing that would be […]