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Join a CWIP committee!

Getting involved with a CWIP committee or program is a great way to develop new skills or improve the ones you already have, to make new friends, network with other publishing professionals, and add valuable experience to your resume. Contributing your professional expertise can take your CWIP membership to a whole new levelóyou can help plan the kind of events you would like to attend, gain writing experience, be part of our mentoring program, or flex your PR and social media muscles by getting the word out about CWIPís many exciting programs and events throughout the year.

You can start sharing your skills and expertise today with a variety of committees. Volunteering for a CWIP project means donating as much or as little time as you like. Itís easy! Get started by browsing through the following descriptions of committees, or take a look at the latest Project Opportunities list. When you find a committee that looks like a good match, simply email the contact person, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

So what are you waiting for? Get the most out of your membership. Contribute to CWIP, and expand your personal and professional network!

You can also check out our regularly updated Project Opportunity List.

Another way to get involved:

Mentoring Program for Members

CWIP members can start to build new professional relationships by participating in our mentoring program. Mentors can put their publishing expertise to work to guide others while Mentees can seek information and advice on how to improve or start a publishing career.

Each Mentor and Mentee relationship will be unique, as each member is at a different point in his or her career.

Some topics that can be shared in a mentoring relationship are:

  • Goal setting;
  • Writing a resume that stands out;
  • Coaching for interviews;
  • Advanced job searching;
  • Freelancing;
  • Returning to the field;
  • Negotiating position or pay;
  • Creating a career development plan.

Once members apply, they will be matched by career-field interest and location. Participants choose how to communicate, whether by email, face-to-face, phone, Skype, or other method. They will also decide how often to meet.

CWIP members can join by completing the Mentor or Mentee form.