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2014 Fall Kickoff: Opening Doors -- Network Less & Connect More on Sept. 17

Join Chicago Women in Publishing as we kickoff our 2014–2015 programming year! You’ll learn about the exciting programs we have in store for CWIP while you enjoy a fun evening with our speaker Annie Passanisi, Director of Marketing, Events, and Glitter at Polymathic. Annie will use her one-of-a-kind combination of education, inspiration, and humor to show us why we should focus on connecting, not networking.

There will be hors d'oeuvres, including vegan-friendly options, a cash bar, and a raffle with exciting prizes, including a one-year CWIP Premium membership and a mystery box of books! Each attendee will get a drink ticket for one free glass of wine, beer, or pop, and will also get one free raffle ticket. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Kickoff for $1 each, 6 for $5.

We will also be collecting paperback and soft cover books for Chicago Books to Women in Prison. To find the kinds of books they need, go to http://chicagobwp.org/how-to-help/donations/ and http://chicagobwp.org/special-requests/.

As an added incentive to attend, if you join CWIP or renew your membership at the Kickoff, you will get a 20 percent discount on your membership.

To top it off, we are thrilled to announce Quarasan as a Platinum Sponsor of the Kickoff. Quarasan is a full service conceptual developer of content for publishers of educational materials and products. Quarasan works with clients to create products that work—products that help kids learn and teachers teach.

If you’re on Twitter, use #CWIPKickoff to join the conversation!

After the Kickoff, attendees can go up to Buckingham Athletic Club’s Club Room on the third floor to continue conversations and apply the knowledge gained during Annie’s program.

Visit with old friends, make new connections, and help us celebrate 42 years of giving our members the keys to opening doors!

When
Wednesday, September 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking
6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Welcome and Speaker Introduction
6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – Program
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Post-program networking

Where
Second floor conference center of the Four40 building, 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603 Building is handicap accessible.

CTA bus stops as well as elevated and subway stations are adjacent to the building on three sides.

On-site parking is available in the building's underground garage. There will be a discounted parking rate of $8 for those attending the Kickoff.

Commuter rail stations are within comfortable walking distances from the building. The LaSalle Street Station, serving the south suburbs, is connected to the south end of the building.

Registration
Sign up by Friday, September 12 for discounted registration fee
Register online now: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1808846-3OELE3nviv.

By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626

By phone at 773.508.0351

Cost
Before September 12

CWIP members: $30
Nonmembers: $40
Students with ID: $25

After September 12
CWIP members: $35
Nonmembers: $45
Students with ID: $30
Cash or check only at the door. No refunds.

Our Speaker
Annie Passanisi is Director of Marketing, Events, and Glitter at Polymathic, and Executive Chef of Hungry Entrepreneurs. She uses her intense dislike of networking events as inspiration to help people find better ways to connect, and has guided hundreds of people toward better introductions, lasting impressions, and deeper connections. Her stress-free, introvert-friendly approach to networking will leave you sighing with relief and raring to go out and connect.

 

October 8 Program: Be Your Designer’s Best Friend: Strategies for Writers and Editors

Publishing is about collaboration, and as writers and editors we probably need to work with a designer at some stage, for book covers, internal layout, e-book formatting, and more. The visual and written worlds are often quite different and might even clash, as deadlines grow tighter and the requirements of electronic publishing increase.

How do you navigate the dynamic demands of publishing when it comes to design, especially if you don’t have a lot of design experience?

For freelancers and employees, this question is an important one, because many employers and people who hire freelancers want someone who can do more than one job function. Whether you write, edit, market, or promote, you need to be aware of the next steps and big picture on the path to publication.

In addition, as a writer looking to traditionally publish or self-publish your work, if you know what a designer needs and can deliver it up front, you will make your life easier (and save yourself some money, too).

What’s the best way to work with those on the design side? How can you collaborate and function as part of publishing team, instead of just in a writer or editor silo? What can you do to be your designer’s best friend and help the entire publishing process go smoothly?

During this presentation, Erika Nygaard, a Chicago graphic designer, will share tips on how to:

Prepare your manuscript for production/design
Provide images
Understand the role of designer vs. publishing consultant vs. retail platform expert vs. technical support
Understand the review process
Provide a creative brief (for creative design work)

Come early for networking and light appetizers (cash bar available). After the program, you can continue the conversation with us in the Club Room of the Buckingham Athletic Club.

Erika Nygaard is a freelance graphic designer with experience in marketing, educational publishing, and digital publishing. In addition to graphic design services, she offers presentations on design and e-book publishing that help writers and others who need to stay on top of publishing trends.

When
Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking
6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Announcements and Speaker(s) Introduction
6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – Program
8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Post-program networking

Where
Second floor conference center of the Four40 building, 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603

CTA bus stops as well as elevated and subway stations are adjacent to the building on three sides. On-site parking is available in the building's underground garage. There will be a discounted parking rate of $8 for those attending the program. Commuter rail stations are within comfortable walking distances from the building. The LaSalle Street Station, serving the south suburbs, is connected to the south end of the building.

Registration
Sign up by Monday, October 6 for discounted registration fee
Register online now: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1810931-3OELE3nviv
By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626
By phone at 773.508.0351

Cost 
On or before Monday, October 6: CWIP Basic Members $10; nonmembers $25; students with ID $10
After October 6: CWIP Basic Members $15; nonmembers $30; students with ID $15
The event is free for CWIP Premium Members.
Cash or check only at the door. No refunds.

 


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