Welcome to National Writers Union – Twin Cities
The National Writers Union – Twin Cities is a local chapter of the National Writers Union. NWU–Twin Cities represents NWU members in the Minneapolis - St. Paul region and Minnesota in general. We are just one part of the larger, national union dedicated to freelance writers.
As one union, we work to advance the working economic, social, and political status of writers across the nation. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding membership or our activities.
Why do we need a writers union?
Today it is more important than ever to organize our efforts. Laborers, sheet metal workers, carpenters, and the many other blue-collar jobs that you are familiar with are not the only ones who face challenges in this age of corporate dominance. The increasing exploitation of writers stems not only from the the corporate world, but also because of the advent of the technology designed to make our everyday lives more convenient, primarily the Internet and the accessibility it affords.
Just as the iron workers see their work outsourced to other countries and cheap labor flowing in from other countries, writers are now competing with content mills and “writing farms” owned by huge companies who pay hundreds and hundreds of writers starving for work a pittance for their hard-earned labor.
The power and value of the written word, and more importantly the ideas behind them, are being degraded by entities paying a cent a word, and writers forced to accept it.
Services provided to members by the National Writers Union
We are a nation-wide union, with chapters in a number of major cities and regions, and with members across most states. We have some of the most knowledgeable people anywhere on changes in the publishing industry, and how they are affecting writers and writing projects. We provide a number of services to our members.
By law, we cannot negotiate contracts between writers and publishers. However, what we can do is ADVISE on contracts. Our trained contract advisers can tell you what you’re getting and what you’re giving up, what no one is mentioning, and if the publisher is trying to put one over on you.
With the massive changes going on in the publishing world, you need this support so you know what you and the publisher are getting in any contract. We seek members who want to be trained so you can help other writers—no one knows how to help a writer better than another writer!
We have an network of writers across the nation—informally, we call it Sleeping with a Writer—with whom you can seek housing (for free) and connections to local bookstores and writing events, so as to help make your book tour a success!
We also have e-mail lists with members across the country, so you can get support, advice and your questions answered regarding publishing books, magazine articles, technical journals, poetry, etc.
And the National Writers Union helps members when they get welched on by publishers. We think all writers should get paid—and paid well—for their writing, and especially when they have a contract. Since 1981, the National Writers Union has recovered over $1 million for authors who have had contracted articles that were never published.
Have the Union by your side when difficulties arise!
What makes the National Writers Union different?
Our members choose to join. Our members know that with the pressures of constant change in the world today, writers need an organization with the clout and know-how to protect our interests. The National Writers Union is headquartered in New York and is the ONLY labor union that represents freelance writers.
National Writers Union – Twin Cities is a chapter of National Writers Union UAW Local 1981. Find more chapter listings at NWU.org.