Join the National Writers Union

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From the National Writers Union website:

The National Writers Union UAW Local 1981 is the only labor union that represents freelance writers.

Now, more than ever, with the consolidation of power into the hands of ever-larger corporate entities and with the advent of technologies that facilitate the exploitation of a writer’s work, writers need an organization with the clout and know-how to protect our interests. One that will forge new rules for a new era.

Combining the strength of more than 1,200 members in our 13 chapters with the support of the United Automobile Workers, the NWU works to advance the economic and working conditions of all writers. Our members also directly benefit from the many valuable services the Union offers—including grievance assistance, contract advice, and much more—while actively contributing to a growing movement of professional freelancers who have banded together to assert their collective power.

Monday Readings

The National Writers Union will be hosting a reading and open mic via Zoom on Monday, March 15, starting at 6:00 p.m. Our featured reader this month will be Amy Weintraub, who will be discussing her book Temple Dancer, a story about the tradition of the Deva desi, as well as the nature of creativity, sacred sexuality and two women living in very different times whose stories intertwine, and finally about “Hearing Voices,” listening to a character from a different time and culture. Amy is a yoga teacher, trainer and writing instructor known for her nonfiction books, Yoga for Depression (Harmony Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton), and who was a many-times rejected fiction writer suffering from depression before she found yoga. She will talk about the differences she finds in mining psycho-emotional truths in the writing of fiction and the writing of nonfiction, as well as the differences in the publication process. As the title of her talk implies, she will also discuss issues related to point of view. She welcomes questions. Visit her website at

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.