Sadly long-time, devoted National Writers Union member Steve Turner passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday night. His loving wife and another long-time union member, Anne was by his side.
Steve was an accomplished and well-respected writer, who fiercely defended the rights of writers. As an important member of the national grievance and contracts committee, Steve devoted innumerable hours to helping writers get paid for their work and negotiating for fair, decent contracts with publishers.
A founding member of the Santa Cruz/Monterey chapter, he led us to play an active role in the local writers' community and propelled our small local into playing a prominent role in the national organization.
His keen sense of humor, decent political views, and friendliness inspired us. Can we ever forget the many semi-annual union parties where writers gathered to share stories and assist each other? Steve was an admirable man who will be sorely missed, and long remembered.
His ashes will be spread at the family home in Vermont, and the local will keep you informed about an upcoming memorial.
If you have any memories, recollections, incidents, or experiences involving Steve that you would like to share, please send them in return email. We hope to combine them into a booklet for the memorial.
Santa Cruz/Monterey Chapter, NWU