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Annie Loyd | National Writers Union Local 1981

The National Writers Union is the only labor union that represents freelance writers in all genres, formats, and media.

Whether you're a journalist, a book author or a technical or business writer - whether you write poetry or proposals - the NWU is already working to improve your professional life. As freelancers we value our autonomy and 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.

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 more than 1,500 members in 15 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 educating and empowering our members.


Religion is a set of social and political institutions and spirituality is a private pursuit which may or may not take place in a church setting.

D. PATRICK MILLER. Journalist. in Eric Utne, "Editor's Note," Utne Reader, January-February 1991

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