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CONTENTS

Writers' Night In - Monday, August 16
State of the Union Meeting - Monday, August 30
If You Missed "Stop the Rejections!" Watch It Here
Grants Available to Low-Income Writers
Kudos
Spread Your News on the Update, Our Website, and Our Facebook Page!
Upcoming Events
WRITERS' NIGHT IN
MONDAY, AUGUST 16 @ 5:30-6:30 P.M.
VIA ZOOM

Now that the Olympics are over, it's once again obvious that what's missing from the international competition is events for writers: "The Unjam the Printer Competition." "The Race to the Office Supply Store Before Closing for Copy Paper." "The Speed Rewrite Before Deadline." 
 
Let us hope and dream that someday we writers will also have the opportunity to bask in the world's adulation, marching proudly alongside America's elite athletes, as we demonstrate the skills honed over a lifetime.
 
Meanwhile, if you're happy with a little non-competitive diversion, please join your writer colleagues next Monday for our chapter's monthly virtual social get-together. You don’t have to be a union member to attend; feel free to invite friends. 
 
All attendees will be awarded virtual "participation medals"...


To request a Zoom invite please click here or email Charles Coe.

Hope to (virtually) see you there.
Your NWU-Boston Steering Committee
Questions? Click here.

 STATE OF THE UNION MEETING
MONDAY, AUGUST 30
7:00-8:00 P.M.

Our triennial Delegate Assembly, where delegates from all the NWU chapters meet on September 23-25 to discuss strategies and make decisions for the national union, is coming up at the end of September. We want to make sure that everyone's up to date on the issues and that Boston's views are heard, so we hope that our virtual get-together will produce some questions and guidance for our delegates. Please click here or email Barbara Mende to request an invitation.

For information on the Delegate Assembly, click here. All members are invited to attend all or part of it, so please plan to drop in on the proceedings.
IF YOU MISSED OUR ZOOM CONFERENCE
"STOP THE REJECTIONS!
LET SELF-PUBLISHING BE AN OPTION"
WATCH THE RECORDING
 
The July Zoom program (viewable in three 20-minute segments on youtube) was an unequivocal success - a great show with lots of hard facts. Co-Chair Jeanne Cosmos was impressed by “the tips, the experiences, the questions and commentary – and the terrific vibe."

Presenters Tim Sheard (Hard Ball Press), Ken Wachsberger (You've Got the Time: How to Write and Publish That Book in You), and Willie Wideman Pleasants (Authors Without Borders) consider self-publishing as a viable choice -- not just a fallback if you’re rejected by agents and publishers, but a way to control all aspects of the publishing process. Great suggestions for affordable editors (developmental or copyeditors), cover designers, printers, and ways to market your book -- and yourself as author -- before and after it comes out.
If you missed it or want to review it, you can do it here:

GRANTS AVAILABLE TO LOW-INCOME WRITERS
TO ATTEND CONFERENCES OR WORKSHOPS
 
The Boston Chapter Steering Committee is offering $100 grants to up to five NWU members in good standing. These grants are available to those who face challenging financial circumstances and would like to attend a writing conference or workshop, or to take advantage of some other professional development opportunity.
 
If you would like to apply, or would like more information, please contact Steering Committee member Willie Wideman Pleasants.
SHANNON O'CONNOR had a short story published on 365 Tomorrows, "A Broken Arm in the Future."

On July 29, Phillips Library of Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) hosted a “virtual conversation” book talk featuring SUSAN E. SCHOPP. Susan spoke on her book Sino-French Trade at Canton, 1698–1842 and the role that Phillips Library played in her research.

Please send any news of a publication, award, or writing-related appearance that has already happened to editor Barbara Mende. (A piece on your own blog or website doesn't qualify.) Send 50 words or less, plus your name and a link to the publication, event, or website where readers can find more info about you or the happening. Don't send notices of work that will be published in the future. Do send news of future events, but see the "Upcoming Events" block for that.
USE THE UPDATE. OUR WEBSITE, AND OUR FACEBOOK PAGE TO SPREAD YOUR NEWS

Are you speaking or reading from your work in the near future? Do you want to publicize an event that writers would be interested in zooming in to? Can you provide a service, such as editing or indexing or publicity, for your fellow union members? Do you just want to introduce yourself to the NWU membership?

Our Boston Chapter website, which you can reach at 
nwu.org/chapters/boston/ or www.nwuboston.org, is here for you to use. Not only that, but if you send us an announcement of a specific event by the second Monday of each month, we'll try to include it in these updates.

Please send us news of any upcoming events that you'd like us to publicize, along with Zoom links or PDF posters if you have them. If you'd like to promote your services, plug your latest book, tell us about something writing-related that happened to you, or post anything else you can think of, we'll try to give it a place on the website.

Be sure to like the NWUBoston Facebook page, and visit it often.

And we'd love to hear from you if you'd like to contribute to these updates. Do you have information or a viewpoint on some phase of writing or publishing - that you'd like to pass along? Do you have tips that you'd like to share with your fellow writers? Send them in! And don't forget, if you've published something or participated in an event or made an appearance, we'll post in under Kudos.

Send all your news for the Update and website to your webmaster.

SEND US NEWS OF YOUR UPCOMING READINGS, BOOK LAUNCHES, OR OTHER PUBLIC APPEARANCES. WE'LL TRY TO HELP YOU RAISE A CROWD.
Co-Chairs: Barbara Beckwith and Jeanne Cosmos
Editor and Webmaster: Barbara Mende