The National Writers Union national office in New York can provide you with contract assistance and help with grievances. Our Tucson, Arizona, chapter is here to answer questions; update you on issues like copyright protection and how new technology affects writers; and help you make contact with other members at events like our Friday breakfasts and our Monday readings.
National Writers Union

Check Out the National Writers Union Website

You’ll find it at You can use it to:

  • Build your talent profile on our new searchable database
  • Submit news items about your writing—or any relevant event—for publication by tagging your NWU chapter.
  • Apply for a press pass
  • Renew your membership
  • Request contract advice
Monday Readings

The National Writers Union will be hosting a reading and open mic on Monday, October 15, starting at 6:00 p.m. in Tucson. This month, A.J. Flick will read from her newly published book, Toxic Rage: A Tale of Murder in Tucson (WildBlue Press). The book details a case that continues to interest Tucsonans. Dr. Brian Stidham was found stabbed to death in the parking lot of his medical complex on Oct. 5, 2004. As the investigation unfolded, it appeared that a rival eye surgeon, Dr. Brad Schwartz, hired a hit man to kill Stidham. Why would he do that? Not only did Dr. Schwartz feel betrayed by Dr. Stidham, leading to a “toxic rage” and Dr. Stidham’s death, but someone especially close to Dr. Schwartz became his main accuser: His former fiancée. A.J. is  a  writer,  editor  and  repurposed  journalist  based  in  Tucson,  Ariz. Her  byline  has  appeared  in  numerous  news  websites  and  publications  across  the  country.

The open mic is for spoken word only, but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). So bring something to read!

The event will be held at the AFSCME/SEIU Union Hall at 877 S. Alvernon Way in Tucson. The building is on the east side of the street (opposite the Randolph Park golf range) and is a couple of blocks north of 22nd Street. There is ample parking. The room is on the first floor and we will have signs up to point the way.

Friday Morning Breakfasts

NWU Tucson Friday morning breakfasts are currently on hiatus but will resume on the Friday after Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m. at Laverna's Coffee Shop. The address is 220 S. Plumer, which is one block south of Broadway, on the west side of Plumer. See you there!

Steering Committee
Our elected Steering Committee members are Co-Chairs Keith Bagwell and Barbara Wright; Secretary Alice Whittenburg; and Events Coordinator Greg Evans. The Steering Committee usually meets on the first Monday of each month. Contact us at to confirm the date and location of the next meeting.