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April 11, 18, 25 - Insights into Book Publishing with Gary Heidt of Signature Literary Agency
Do you want your book to be published? The first step is usually to find a literary agent. Gary Heidt from Signature Literary Agency is presenting a seminar series of lectures and Q&A's to help the writer who would like to know more about how the book business really works and what concrete steps she or he could take toward getting published. This four-lecture seminar will consist of two lectures for all writers, one for writers of nonfiction (including memoir) and one for writers of fiction.
A subscription to the series, which takes place April 11 at 3pm, April 18 at 1pm and 4pm, and on April 25th at 3 pm, is available for $175-225 at Mr. Heidt will be joined by Jill Schoolman of Archipelago Books and Joshua Ellison of Restless Books in a panel discussion and Q&A on April 25th.
Union Members receive $25 off tickets.  
The Old American Can Factory
232 Third Street (corner of Third Ave & Third St)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

April 21 - Outreach to Members 
A Phone Bank Evening. Join us in chatting with current and lapsed members and help build union friendship and solidarity. 4-8 pm (come for whatever time you can spare.)
256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan.

April 23 - Book Launch, Valdivia Beauchamp, My Mesopotamia Notes of Gertrude Bell
Join us for the launch of Valdivia Beauchamp's new book.  
​256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
​Valdivia Beauchamp, was born in Recife, Brazil, and 
immigrated to America in 1964. At some point on her 
carrier, she worked as a political Journalist for the 
Brazilian Government. She has written: “Stigma, Saga 
for a New World”, “Because of Napoleon” and “Khatun, 
Gertrude Bell, mentor de Lawrence d’Arabie” ,(version in 
French only). Her researches about Gertrude Bell, took 
her to PETRA, and AQABA in Jordan. She has being 
researching this pioneer Iron lady Gertrude Bell since 
1992 when pursuing her second Master at NYU. Just now film makers and biographers have shown interest in the life of this British spy, archeologist, and key political operative in the founding of Iraq in the early twentieth century. The author offers a riveting story with timely message, achieving a delicate balance between entertainment and cultural critique that will delight both casual and serious readers.

April 27 - Reading of the play The Green Book by Calvin Ramsey
Everyone is invited to the concert reading of the play
The Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey 
and directed by George Ferencz
Reading will be conducted at
The Actors Temple
339 West 47th
(between 8th and 9th Ave.) 
7:30 PM
for information call 678-760-9580
Admission is Free

May 1 & 2 - The American Society of Journalists and Authors Annual Conference 
"ASJA2015: Connect for Success," a premier event for freelance writers,
 will be held in New York City on May 1st – 2nd, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Stuck in the Middle With You and She’s
 Not There: a Life in Two Genders, the first bestselling work by a transgender
 author, will give the keynote address. Through a special arrangement with 
ASJA, NWU members and supporters receive $10 off the registration fee. 
Use the discount code - nwu10off - when registering at

May 3 - Book signing with Nuria Garcia Arteaga
Everyone is invited to the book signing and reading by Nuria Garcia Arteaga.  
Ms. Arteaga will be presenting her book Love Marathon and 3 Shades of Love.  
She will also give a reading/presentation with audios/videos from:
- "Intercultural Neurosis" which focus on domestic violence 
- "Nampitsi", about the difficult situation in which native communities 
of the Peruvian Amazone live.  The song of this story was selected 
to compete at 'Inspire Us', LA Times Festival of Books.
- "Oslo and thanatos" about racism and discrimination.
Several copies of books and musical cds will be given away for free.
Ms. Arteaga's publications are in Spanish, English and Dutch.
Drinks and hors d'oeurvres will be served.
256 W. 38th St., 12th flr., Manhattan.
3-5 PM

May 4 - Let's Talk About Writing (NWU First Mondays Monthly Series)
Join veteran writers in an open discussion about writing, publishing and marketing. Bring your plans and your questions about pitching an article or a book, negotiating a contract, developing a marketing plan, or any topic related to the business of writing.
6-8 pm
256 W. 38th St., 12th floor
Free and open to all writers
Refreshments will be served.
For more information, email:

May 7 - PEN World Voices Festival, Finding Security in Unsafe Passages: UN Event about Protecting Journalists’ Safety and Rights
Presented by the National Writers Union, along with the International Federation of Journalists, the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations, and the Metro New York Labor Communications Council.  Panelist for the discussion will include H.E. Mrs. Bénédicte Frankinet, Ambassador, Permanent Representative Of Belgium To The United NationsHerb BoydSusan E. DavisKarin Deutsch KarlekarCharles SeifeFrank Smyth.
Moderated by Jon Williams
United Nations Headquarters
46th Street and First Avenue
Conference Room 11
New York, NY, 10017
3 PM
Admission Free, RSVP HERE by May 3

May 16 - NWU Louis Reyes Rivera Annual Tribute: Flowing River of Words
NWU's Annual Tribute to Louis Reyes Rivera 
​Readings to Live Jazz to Celebrate Louis’s 70th Birthday
Featuring Emerging Talents personally identified by Louis’s associates​.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
 6:30 – 8:30 PM
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe  
236 East 3rd Street, NYC
Call 212-780-9386 or visit to purchase event ticket
Click here for full event details (ticket price, program ads, bio…)
Click here to purchase Program Ad space
For inquiries, email

May 26 - The New York Labor History Association & the National Writers Union New York Chapter Present:
"A WRITER’S NEW YORK - Three Books Reflecting on our 
Beloved Five Boroughs."
Spend an evening with three insightful and acerbic writers, 
Walter Balcerak, Stan Maron & Bill Hohlfield (“Dennis Patrick”),
 as they discuss the city they love (and sometimes hate) and
 read from their new works. May 26, 2015, 256 W. 38th St., 
12th flr., Manhattan, 6:30-9:00 pm, Refreshments will be served. 

June 4 - Metro NY Labor Communications Council Annual Convention
Come for the 3:30 p.m. business meeting, or at 4:00 p.m. for the program.
The convention will be held at CSA, 40 Rector Street, 12th Floor
Registration: $25 for members/$35 for non-members.
Special rate for students, interns, retirees and the unemployed: $10
Register at

June 6 - The Independent Publishers Book Fair 
The National Writers Union is sponsoring an all day fair featuring New York's best independent publishers and booksellers. Find the authors the big corporate publishing companies are afraid to put into print.
Author readings and discussions all day. 
10 am - 5 pm
256 W. 38th St., Manhattan
A Free event.

July 18 - NWU members sign books at the Harlem Book Fair
NWU writers sign and sell books at the annual Harlem Book Fair. Come visit the NWU booth. 
The Harlem Book Fair is presented by Quarterly Black Review.
To showcase your book, join the NWU at
Email to make arrangements or with any questions about the NWU.
To learn more about the Harlem Book Fair, visit

July 25 & 26 - New York City Poetry Festival
​The National Writers Union will have a table where members may display and sell books. Members, please email if you want to display your books or can watch the table at any time during the festival.  Non-members, join NWU at
Festival open from 11 AM through 6 PM
Location: Governor's Island
For more information about festival, go to

August 15 & 16 - The Dissident Arts Festival
Established in 2006, the Dissident Arts Festival is the annual gathering of cultural workers offering a creativity as revolutionary as their politics, from liberation jazz and militant new music to protest poetry, radical film and performance art. Event founder and producer John Pietaro, a percussionist, writer and cultural organizer, is proud to present the Dissident Arts Festival to an ever-growing audience.
August 15, El Taller Latino Americano, uptown Manhattan
August 16, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn NY
For information and registration for the event, contact John Pietaro at

NWU authors at the 2013 Harlem Book Fair
Lora Tucker introducing the monthly Open Mic a the Muhlenberg Libary in Manhattan. 
A dozen NWU members hawked their books and promoted the union at the 2014 Brooklyn Book Fair -  a glorious day for writers.
NY area NWU members carried the union banner for the annual Labor Day Parade...