Chicago Women in Publishing

Interested in networking? This guest post by Lindsay Branca (MAWP), who is a student member of Chicago Women in Publishing, will explain how to get involved in one of Chicago’s best publishing organizations.

Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) is a non-profit volunteer organization that serves the city of Chicago and its surrounding suburbs. Don’t let the name fool you, though, it’s not just women who are members of this organization. CWIP was formed in 1972 for professionals in the publishing industry and allied fields. Its members are copy and manuscript editors, web content writers and editors, communications managers, and proofreaders. Job industries range from marketing to graphic design and from printing to media and public relations.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month on the 33rd floor of the Willis Tower for networking and career-related educational programs and seminars. There are also mixers for current, new and prospective members throughout the year. The last mixer was held on November 11th at the Argo Tea at the corner of Madison and Dearborn. This coming Wednesday, November 17th, there will be a seminar for CWIP members on ePublishing titled: “eBooks, Enhancements & Apps, Oh My! ePublishing and You.”

Members of CWIP are given discounted admission to programs and events put on by the group and are also given exclusive access to many features of the website not normally available to the public, such as their bi-monthly newsletter (“Clips”), an online membership and freelance directory, and CWIP’s Jobvine. A basic membership with CWIP costs $75 per year, but undergraduate and graduate students are able to become a member for only $35 per year with proof of enrollment.

CWIP is truly a great resource for students to network with others in the publishing industry who come from various backgrounds and companies. If you would like to learn more about CWIP, or would like to apply for a membership, please visit their website at Nonmembers may also join the organizations Listserv on Yahoo! Groups, located at


2 comments on “Chicago Women in Publishing

  1. Trudie Gauerke says:

    Hi Lindsay, I’m a member too, though relatively new. Perhaps I’ll see you at the event tomorrow. – Trudie

  2. Lindsay says:

    Hi Trudie,

    I’m sorry that we weren’t able to connect last night but let me know when you’re going to be at the next event. I’m unable to attend their holiday party but I’m hoping to go to their January seminar on Editing. Talk to you soon!

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