|Über uns||We Defend Writers' Rights|
The National Writers Union is more than just another writers' organization - it is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media. As freelancers we may value our autonomy, but we are united in the fact that we work independently. We face the same challenges, file the same income tax forms, and often suffer the same frustrations. Whether you're a journalist, a book author or a technical or business writer - whether you write poetry or miscellaneous copy - the NWU is already working to improve your professional life.
By joining the NWU you can directly benefit from the many valuable services the Union offers its members - including grievance assistance, contract advice, a job hotline, health and professional liability insurance, and much more - and actively contribute to a growing movement of professional freelancers who have banded together to assert their collective power.
With the combined strength of 3,000 members in 17 local chapters nationwide, and with the support of the United Automobile Workers (UAW), the NWU works to advance the economic and working conditions of writers. We do this by challenging the corporate media giants, lobbying congress to pass legislation that protects the rights of writers, creating viable solutions to provide publishers fair alternatives to unfair practices, and by educating and empowering our members.
As we march further into the new millennium, our work has become more crucial 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, the individual writer has become increasingly disenfranchised. Now, more than ever, writers need an organization with the clout and know-how to protect our interests. One that will forge new rules for a new era, fight hard and take chances, one that goes to bat, goes to court, and goes to the streets, if need be, to protect writers' ri
We are novelists, journalists, nonfiction book authors, scriptwriters, website writer/creators, public relations specialists, poets, short story writers, Internet and multimedia content providers, cartoonists, and technical, business and instructional writers. We write for love; we write for money; we write for both.
The Boston Chapter - Chapter 4 - was established in 1983. We represent freelance writers in Central and Eastern Massachusetts and the Islands, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.
Our Chapter's 200+ members (and 1700 members around the country) work to press the publishing industry to adopt writer-friendly provisions in book, article, contract and literary journal contracts, and in the electronic media.