Welcome to Chicago Women in Publishing


Founded in 1972, CWIP is one of the oldest and largest publishing associations in Chicago. And don't let the name fool you: for the past 45 years, we've helped both men and women, seasoned publishing veterans, aspiring and published authors, students, and anyone considering a career in the industry to navigate the publishing world. CWIP hosts many events by bringing in the cream of the crop of experts in their fields with the goal of educating and growing Chicago's publishing community.

The benefits of CWIP membership are many: free or discounted educational and special events, open-jobs listings, referrals, mentoring support, and leadership and networking opportunities that can enhance your career, build your business, and foster lasting relationships. Regardless of your circumstances, CWIP can help you achieve your goals.

About CWIP
As a CWIP member, you have access to new job postings online through Jobvine, the opportunity to advertise your freelance services in our online Freelance Directory, and access to the CWIP Membership Directory for networking. The CWIP Speakers Bureau features members who are subject-matter experts and can speak on various topics at professional and public events. Members can also take advantage of peer support and advice through the CWIP Mentorship Program.

We meet on the third Wednesday of most months in Chicago for educational and special events and networking. Other events include a major fall kickoff night, a spring publishing fair, half-day and full-day workshops, mentoring events, and mixers with other professional groups in Chicago. Visit the Events Calendar or the Events page for a more complete listing of upcoming events.

Explore the website to learn about upcoming events, industry news, and publishing resources. Click here for the full list of Membership Benefits or to Join Now.

 2017-2018 CWIP Board

President: Meghann Workman
Interim Vice President: Mary Cecilia Nolan
VP Strategic Planning: Kristen Raddatz
VP Business Development: Open
Treasurer: George Becht
Interim Secretary: Brittany Bommelman
Marketing Director: Taylor Alcantar
Website Manager: Mary Cecilia Nolan
Events and Programs Codirectors: Laura Paton and Fiona Saltmarsh
Membership Director: Brittany Bommelman
Mentorship Director: Jeff Fleischer
Board Members at Large: (General) Ashley Blackwood, Marian Mangoubi, and Jenna Pirrie; (Blog Editor) Mary Cecilia Nolan

CWIP Mission Statement
Chicago Women in Publishing is a nonprofit volunteer organization formed in 1972 for professionals in the publishing industry and allied fields. Our purpose is to explore and improve the status of publishing professionals, to assist members in greater professional achievement, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas. Read the gritty details in our bylaws.

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