This article is from the Natl Writers Union FAQ, by Vicki Richman email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Membership in the NWU is open to all qualified writers, and
no one shall be barred or prejudiced within the union on
account of age, disability, gender, ideology, literary
genre, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.
You are eligible for membership if you have published a
book, a play, three articles, three short stories or five
poems. You are also eligible for membership if you have
gained professional assignments for an equal amount of
newsletter, public-relations, technical, commercial,
government or institution copy, or for an equal amount of
electronic code-writing, multimedia or Web work or online or
BBS copy. You are also eligible for membership if you have
written an equal amount of unpublished material and are
actively writing and attempting to publish your work.
To get an application, email to:
Voice, fax, and snail-mail data are at the end of Part Four.
Here are some data requested by the application:
GENRES: Journalism, fiction, nonfiction, academic,
juvenile, Web design, business, technical,
literary/small press, institutional/nonprofit, labor
public relations, poetry, code-writing.
FORMATS: Books, magazines, newspapers,
miscellaneous copy, multimedia, CD ROM, software.
Please list all publishers, publications, firms, and
institutions for which you have worked as a writer in
the past three years. This information will be for
internal use only.
In which local to belong?
New England, Western;
New York City Metropolitan Area;
San Diego (At-Large sublocal);
San Francisco Bay Area;
Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay;
Tucson (At-Large sublocal);
Westchester/Fairfield (in Connecticut and New York states);
Please check those areas in which you can contribute to
building the union: Book Campaign, Journalism Campaign,
New Technologies Committee, Business Instructional
Technical Electronic Writing Campaign (BITE), Political
Issues Committee, African-American Caucus,
Asian-American Caucus, Latina/Latino Caucus, Native
American Caucus, Queer Caucus, Women's Caucus.
You are asked, but may opt out of citing: your gender;
your birthdate; your ethnicity or race; your sexual
The NWU directory lists members, their genres, and a
short statement. The directory is distributed to
publishers and employers. Do you wish your name,
address, and phone number to be listed?