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, January 18, starting at 6:00 p.m. Our featured reader this month will be Daphna Levit, who will be reading from her newest book, Wrestling With Zionism, which was the culmination of many years as a human rights activist. It is an analysis of a long tradition of dissent from Zionism by Jewish and Israeli thinkers. While protests to the strident nationalist policies of the State of Israel are increasingly heard, they are rarely presented as one broad evolution. This book actually draws on the historical diversity of dissent that commenced with the inception of Zionism in the 19th century. 
Daphna Levit was born in Israel, served in the army there, and received undergraduate degrees in linguistics and literature from Tel Aviv University. She received a scholarship to study comparative (Japanese) literature at Indiana University and conducted research in Japan on a U.S./Japan Friendship Commission grant on literature written by survivors of the A-Bomb. She has contributed numerous articles in both Hebrew and English to various publications such as Ha’aretz and The Other Israel and is coauthor of Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process. She was also active in Gush Shalom, B’tselem, Windows, Physicians for Human Rights, Makhsom Watch, Ta’ayush, and other peace organizations. She lives and teaches courses at academic institutions in Nova Scotia.

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

The event will be held on Zoom. 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.