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 via Zoom on Monday, September 21, starting at 6:00 p.m. Our featured reader this month will be Sue Lefebvre. Sue will be reading from her recently published book, No More Deaths: Humanitarian Aid is Never a Crime, Saving Lives of Migrants. In the book, Sue chronicles the work of border humanitarians, especially No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes, since 2000, using narrative, stories, emails, meeting notes and other means to tell their story. Sue has been working on this book since 2008. She and her husband Gene (co-founder of No More Deaths) lived in Tucson for seven years in order to participate fully in the humanitarian work developing there. Sue attended both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona and has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from ASU.

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

If you would like the Zoom link, please email us at


Friday Morning Breakfasts

NWU Tucson Friday morning breakfasts will be on hiatus until further notice. Check back for dates. They take place 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.

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.