Organizational Structure

The Union is governed by the UAW Constitution ( and the National Writers Union By-Laws. (

The NWU has a number of organizational structures for carrying out the work of the union and for governing the organization.


Roughly 3500 journalists, book authors, tech & business writers, poets, fiction, etc, are members of the National Writers Union. As a democratic union, ultimate governing authority rests with the membership.

Local Chapters

NWU Members belong to one of 17 local chapters across the country. Except for the At-Large chapter, each chapter has a defined geographic jurisdiction, usually a metropolitan area or a state. Much of NWU activity and most membership gatherings take place at the local level. Each chapter has an elected chair (or co-chairs), treasurer, and steering committee, plus delegates to the Delegate Assembly. All local officers and activists are unpaid volunteers.

At-Large chapter. Members who do not reside within the geographic jurisdiction of any of the other chapters belong to the At-Large chapter. NWU members living outside of the United States also belong to the At- Large chapter.


NWU Members can belong to any of three genre-based divisions, each working on issues relevant to that genre. In addition there is a special Grievance and Contract Division which works to defend contract rights of union members.

Book Division. Handles all issues and matters regarding book authors who publish in American markets. Click here.

Journalism Division. Handles all issues and matters regarding freelance journalists who write articles for American newspapers and magazines. Click here.

BizTech Division. Handles all issues and matters regarding business and technical writers who do not own copyright to their work because they are employed under contract to their clients. Click here.

Grievance & Contract Division (GCD). Consists of volunteer Contract Advisors who help NWU members understand and negotiate their contracts with publishers and employers, and volunteer Grievance Officers who go to bat for members who have been abused or cheated by publishers or employers. Click here.


The NWU has a number of governing structures for making policy decisions and carrying out the administration of the union.

Standing Committees

NWU members may volunteer or be appointed to a number of committees that address specific concerns of the union.

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