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Chicago Women in Publishing
CWIP offers programs, services, and networking opportunities to advance publishing careers.
CWIP offers programs, services, and networking opportunities to advance publishing careers.


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Quiz: Shakespeare or The Bible? #amwriting
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Join us Aug. 11: CWIP, IWPA, EFA Networking Mixer

This networking evening is a unique way for members of Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP), the Illinois Woman's Press Association (IWPA), and the local Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) to mix and mingle and add some important people to their professional networks.

Please join us at Cavanaugh's Bar & Restaurant in the historic Monadnock Building at 53 W. Jackson on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 6-8 p.m. for some summer fun.

We all look forward to meeting members of our sister organizations in the Chicago publishing community. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

While this event is free, please register online here:
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CWIP New Member Evening July 20 - Join Us!

All CWIP members who have joined in the past two years - and any other CWIP members who want to know more about our organization - are invited to join us for our first New Member Evening on Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Bespeak Studios in Lincoln Park. It always helps to see a friendly face when joining a new group and attending programs!

We hope this event will allow our newer members to meet each other and the CWIP board, socialize, create a professional network, and learn more about how CWIP can benefit you.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to meeting some members for the first time and reintroducing ourselves to others!

While this event is free for CWIP members, please RSVP online before July 18:


BeSpeak Studios
737 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

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Introducing: The CWIP Speakers Bureau

CWIP is pleased to announce that we are forming a Speakers Bureau -- a group of members who can volunteer to speak on topics of their choice at professional and public events. If you're a publishing subject-matter expert who feels comfortable making presentations on your topics of expertise, then we urge you to join the new CWIP Speakers Bureau for a number of reasons:

* The CWIP Speakers Bureau is a member benefit that allows our members to present their topics to new audiences and gain increased exposure.

* Boost your resume with great experience!

* It is a community benefit that will help increase CWIP's visibility and our importance in the publishing community.

* The Speakers Bureau will be featured on the CWIP website and become part of our marketing efforts.

CWIP can receive requests for speakers from libraries, schools, chambers of commerce, and other organizations and companies that want or need to provide specific publishing information to their groups. Once we receive a request, we will review the Speakers Bureau list and contact the speakers who best fit the request to determine their availability.

Please send an e-mail to to request placement on the CWIP Speakers Bureau. Please indicate the subjects on which you are qualified to speak and your availability (such as Monday and Wednesday nights, Saturday mornings, etc.)
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NOTICE: Due to dangerous weather, the June 22 Spring Reception has been rescheduled for the following Wednesday, June 29 - same time and same place!

Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) Event:
Spring Reception June 29

Join Chicago Women in Publishing on Wednesday, June 29 to celebrate spring and the end of our successful 2015/2016 programming year.

The festivities will be held at Bespeak Studios in Lincoln Park this year with plenty of pizza, veggies, desserts, and libations to go around. A prize drawing will also be held for attendees to win a one-year CWIP Professional Membership and cool CWIP T-shirts. Come to catch up with old friends and make new ones in the publishing industry! For those new to CWIP, this is a great opportunity to meet the CWIP community and learn how we can help you achieve your goals.

Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Bespeak Studio
737 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL, 60614

Parking options: Parking is available on the west side of Wrightwood Ave without a permit. Metered spots are available on Halsted St. and Clark St.

Register online:

By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626
By phone at 773.508.0351

CWIP member cost for this event is $20. Nonmember cost is $25.
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You're Invited: Greater Book Sales & Connections Gala May 14

Attend the Greater Book Sales and Connections gala for a few hours of networking and discovering how to sell more of your books more profitably.

The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) Chicago Chapter is having this event on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. It will be held at Capital One 360 Café, 21 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.

This is YOUR place to be to:

• Discover new ways to sell your books in large quantities with APSS Executive Director Brian Jud

• Make new connections with authors, business owners and publishers

• Get reacquainted with colleagues you know

• Learn how you can participate in APSS Chicago and nationally

• Receive special gifts

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 12 with an email to Rebecca Chauncey, President of APSS-Chicago at

Event Agenda:

10:30-11 a.m. Sign in, Refreshments, Welcome (Rebecca & Brian) and the "You Too" Networking Activity (Rebecca)

11 a.m.-12 noon APSS and Special Sales Overview (Brian)

12-1 p.m. New Ways to Sell Your Books in Large Quantities (Group Brainstorming session)

1-1:30 p.m. Networking, New Membership Sign Up and Gift Distribution

We look forward to seeing you!
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AUTHORS! It's time to reserve your space now.

The Printers Row Lit Fest dates June 11 & 12 are booking fast.

The Illinois Woman's Press Association will again be hosting an author's tent at the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Lit Fest, and as many of you know, this is one of the highlights of our year.

The Chicago Tribune describes this grand event as "the Midwest's largest celebration of the written word," and year after year that claim certainly does hold true. During this two-day event more than 125,000 book lovers participate in the mix of browsing and buying, augmented by panel discussions, book signings, live musical performances, and street-side snacking.

You too can be a part of the excitement. The IWPA has a limited number of author stations available for both members and non-members alike so don’t delay. Visit to book your date(s) and get the latest details.

For any questions or assistance contact:
Art Brauer
IWPA at the Printers Row Lit Fest Chair
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Here's a chance to help a worthy organization and attend Book Expo America (BEA)!

Housing Works, a NYC nonprofit organization, is looking for volunteers to work short shifts at BEA, May 13-14. People who volunteer for a shift will have access to the rest of the conference for the day they volunteer.
Volunteers will collect and transport books via a hand cart from various publishers, consolidating boxes, and some light packing. All the activities will take place in McCormick Place.

The shift options are as follows:

Friday, May 13,
3-6 p.m. (7 spots open)

Friday, May 13,
5:30-8 p.m. (11 spots open)

Saturday, May 14,
5-9 p.m. (6 spots open)

More info here:

To volunteer, please contact Ida Kutechko at
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CWIP Half-Day Workshop: So You Want to Be an Editor?

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an editor from experienced editors, who are also CWIP leaders, then this Saturday workshop is for you.

From proofreading to high-level developmental editing and everything in-between, this workshop can answer your questions. You'll also learn how different editors came to hone their crafts and build their businesses. Note that this may also be great information for authors who want to learn about the different types of editing and how to work with an editor to improve their manuscripts.

As an added bonus, attendees will be entered to win the latest copy of the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the editors' bible.

Workshop Presenters:

• Kim Bookless, Publishing Consultant and Copy Editor,

• Jill Welsh, Developmental Editor and Writing Coach,

Saturday, April 2, 2016
9 a.m. to noon

Next Door, 659 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60657

Register online:

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

By phone at 773.508.0351

CWIP Members $30
Nonmembers $40

Cash or check only at the door. No refunds.

For more information about Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP) visit
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Register for the Annual CWIP Publishing Fair on March 16!

Learn about and network with members of Chicago's publishing community at the second annual CWIP Publishing Fair. Launched in 2015, this successful event has been expanded to include more exhibitors, representing different aspects of publishing in the city.

Local publishers, authors, agents, universities, and other publishing-related vendors will attend, making it the perfect place to discover your next opportunity. The exhibitors include companies and professionals that can help you market your services, share job opportunities, sell books, or gain exposure to the Chicagoland publishing community.

The diverse CWIP Publishing Fair exhibitors* include, but are not limited to:

220 Communications
Adams Press
Agate Publishing
Allium Press
Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS)
Ardre Orie
Book Coach 101
Browne and Miller Literary Associates
C. Lynn Williams
Chicago Review Press
Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP)
Dapper Press
DePaul University, MA in Writing and Publishing Program
Dorothy Ryan
Dvara Magazine
Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
Florence Osmund Books
Francesca Peppiatt
Haymarket Books
Heavenly Enterprises Midwest
Independent Writers of Chicago (IWOC)
Jeff Fleischer
Midwestern Gothic
Northwestern University Press
Pat McCarthy
Poetry Magazine
Sandra Reed
Stella Lucente
Susan Blumberg-Kason
University of Chicago Press

*Exhibitors are subject to change.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Four40 Building, Room 302/Bucktown, 440 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60603

The venue is easily accessible by public transportation, and there is $9 parking in the building’s underground parking at Financial Pl. and Congress Blvd. for attendees with parking validation available at the event.

Register now:
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