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May Webinar: Permissions 101: Getting Permission

We wanted to get to know MJ Courchesne (NAIWE's Copyright and Permissions Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some thoughts she shared with us.

In what situations must permission be obtained?

If you do not own the copyright to a piece of intellectual property (whether text, photos, or art), in many cases you should obtain permission prior to incorporating it into your work. Although there are exceptions, it’s important to understand when you should seek permission.


Learn the ins and outs of what publishers require when they ask you to “clear” permission for third-party materials you are incorporating into your work. What should be in a permission agreement, how do you go about getting permission, and how long will this process take?

You can join in this conversation
on May 27, at 3 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on publisher requirements for permissions and more! The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

To register for this webinar, please visit the NAIWE website.

Be a Better Freelancer Conference Set for October 2–4

Join us on October 2–4, 2020, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland! Your attendance at this conference adds to your marketability, giving you a step ahead of the competition, and you play a part in the success and continuance of the conference.

Interested in showcasing your product or service? Conference sponsorships are available!

Many thanks to our sponsor!

At the Movies

As I walk into the dim room,

a movie is playing

and my mom is watching intently.

I am there but I am not there,

an ephemeral planet in the making.

A spectral vision.

A light and dark murky chiaroscuro.

An envelope.


Where is this place, this mansion, this spaceship?

Who are these people really in

this other reality?

Drowning in the refuse,

morphed back into pulp.

I can’t see for instance:

my mother’s searing invectives

my father’s unraveling tongue

This is not my home.

A breeze falls from a nearby tower and has no place to go,

I strain under the awkward weight of

a branch swarming with worms and bird droppings.

A bowl of foreign coins.


Then I walk into another room

and my sister,

a desert away,

is watching the moving images intently,

like a mirage.

Again I see my obscure picture on the screen,

holding forth in animation

Only someone else is talking.

Falling stacks of mismatched dinnerware

with nowhere to go.



To read the rest of this article, please visit NAIWE member Rhonda Morrison's blog.

June Webinar: What’s New in AP Style

In June, we will be chatting with Mark Allen, NAIWE's AP Stylebook Expert, on the very important topic of 2020 changes to the AP Stylebook.

Changes are plentiful if not dramatic in this year’s Associated Press Stylebook, published in May. The growing reference tome offers advice on gender-neutral language and language dealing with sexual assault. It cautions against the “senior citizen” label. And it says “mistress” is not a very useful term. AP Stylebook Expert Mark Allen will run down all the updates in the new edition and talk about moves away from the paper book and toward doing more online.


Mark Allen Mark Allen is an editor, writer, and teacher focused on helping people communicate with clarity and honesty. He has trained hundreds of editors and writers on a variety of topics, including the latest and most important elements in the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style. Mark has led conversations about copyediting and writing at conferences and workshops in Detroit, St. Louis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Columbus, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, and York, England. He was the first freelancer elected to the executive board of ACES: The Society for Editing, and Mark currently teaches advanced copyediting for UC San Diego Extension’s copyediting certificate program.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on June 29 at 7 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

April's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Barbara Hyde (University Park, FL); Deborah Kevin (Columbia, MD); Edward Levy (Morristown, NJ); Trudy Nielsen Kimble (Council Bluffs, IA); Amber Phillips (Tooele, UT); David Rose (Richmond, TX); Michael Thomas (Sault Ste. Marie, MI).

Be sure to post on your NAIWE website, and we will link to it when you renew!

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. Do you capitalize graduating classes? For example, is it “Class of 2020” or “class of 2020”?

A. We prefer lowercase: “class of 2020.” You’ll see an example at CMOS 9.30, which includes “the class of ’06” as an example demonstrating the proper use of the apostrophe. The original class of ’06 at the University of Chicago was graduating when the first edition of the Manual referred to “the class of ’96” (in paragraph 147, also to show the proper use of the apostrophe)—meaning the class of 1896, not 1996. So this is not a new preference.

Why Should You Join an Association?

You have an immediate internet presence, even if you’re not a technical wizard.


"Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to."

—Carl Van Doren

Member Benefit

Discount on EZRA

Easy Relationship Application (EZRA) is a database to house all of the information for your small business! EZRA was developed by Editorial Inspirations to meet the record keeping needs of freelancers and their businesses. NAIWE members receive a $50 savings! And there’s a free 30-day trial available.

Visit the NAIWE website to see all of the member benefits.


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