Why Join CWIP?

Who belongs to CWIP?

Our recent member survey told us this about our members:










  • Approximately fifty percent of CWIP members are freelancers, while fifty percent are employees. Most members are female, but we have a growing number of male members.
  • Most common job titles include copy editor, web content writer or editor, communications manager, and proofreader; other jobs range from author to marketing director to graphic designer, and from printing to media and public relations, to name just a few.
  • Fifty-one percent live within the Chicago city limits, forty-two percent in the suburbs, and seven percent outside of Chicago.
  • Whether you're an experienced professional or new to the industry, you'll find your peers in the CWIP community.

Be part of Chicago’s publishing community and further your career with the many resources CWIP offers—ongoing educational and special events and workshops; professional networking and mentorship opportunities; members-only access to job postings on Jobvine; listing in CWIP’s exclusive Freelance Directory, which is invaluable for our freelance members; access to the CWIP membership for networking; and interactive features through our website.

CWIP has several categories of membership offering the best value for the member benefits received:

Professional Membership

$115 per year (FREE admittance to CWIP's Wednesday night educational events, preferred pricing for all other CWIP events, and more).


NEW offering is a two-year Professional Membership for only $180/every two years, a $50 savings!


Full-Time Student Membership

$45 per year (School registration information required). Wednesday night educational events are $10 each; preferred pricing for all other CWIP events.

Senior Membership

$45 per year for members 65 or above. Wednesday night educational events are $10 each; preferred pricing for all other CWIP events.

Affiliate Membership

$65 per year (must live more than 75 miles from Chicago).

Corporate Membership

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$300 per year (membership belongs to the organization and includes three Professional Memberships that are transferable if staff changes, along with many other valuable freebies.) The primary organization contact will fill out the membership form and then e-mail the additional member names to info@cwip.org to receive instructions for adding them.


Pay online via PayPal*.

Please note: When joining via PayPal, you MUST click the "Return to Chicago Women in Publishing" button that appears after you submit payment and then complete the membership registration form that will appear. If you do not see the membership form, contact info@cwip.org to receive the form by e-mail.

*PayPal enables any business or consumer with an e-mail address to securely, conveniently, and cost effectively send and receive payments online. For more information go to www.paypal.com.

To pay by check or money order, download the CWIP member application form here. Send form and payment to:

Chicago Women in Publishing

P.O. Box 60363

Chicago, IL 60660