Calendar

This calendar includes all events that are directly related to IWOC membership, including regular meetings, co-hosted mixers, IWOC get-togethers (regional breakfasts and lunches), and board meetings—which any member in good standing may attend. And as a service to the community of Chicagoland freelance writers, it also includes non-IWOC events of interest to independent writers.

We're here to serve the cause of freelance writing.

If your organization is hosting or sponsoring an event that you would like to see posted on this calendar, simply fill out and submit our handy online Event Posting Request form. And if you have any questions regarding the process, please contact our webmaster.

Upcoming events

    • 04 Dec 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • A&T Grill, 7036 N. Clark Street, Chicago

    IWORP Breakfast

    Join the Rogers Park contingent of IWOC for their regular monthly breakfast at the A&T Grill.

    For details, call Esther Manewith at 773/274-6215.

    • 06 Dec 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago
    • 8

    Chicago Book Expo 2014

    Pop-up Bookstore and Literary Extravaganza

    Join IWOC as we help celebrate Chicago's vibrant publishing community by attending this pop-up book fair and literary extravaganza featuring local authors and publishers.

    Over 100 local publishers, authors, and literary nonprofits are planned to be in attendance, including IWOC, and four tracks of free readings and panel discussions will also be featured.

    The event is free and open to the public. For the latest exhibitor and programming information, visit www.chicagobookexpo.org.

    Attention IWOC Members—
    Have Your Book Displayed at Our Table!

    If you are an IWOC member with a book that you would like to promote and make available at the IWOC table for the expo (at the low price of $5), simply click the Register button on this event.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    Your attendance at the IWOC table is required to take advantage of this offer. When your payment is confirmed, IWOC board member Cynthia Tomusiak will contact you regarding the logistics of your attendance.


    • 09 Dec 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Star of Siam Restaurant, 11 E. Illinois Street, Chicago

    IWOC Winter Holiday Party!

    Star of Siam Restaurant

    IWOC Holiday PartyJoin IWOC-ers for an evening of sumptuous food, warm camaraderie, and holiday cheer (of all types) as we celebrate another year of IWOC-osity and look forward to the next. As always, the party will include a visit from Santa himself, as well as the exchange of gently used books*.

    This year, we will once again be at the Star of Siam restaurant at 11 E. Illinois Street in Chicago (see below). The food, fun, and festivities start at 6:00 and go until the restaurant throws us out... which, in past years, has usually been about 8:30. Don't miss it!

    *Don't bother to wrap the book you bring to exchange. The wrapping-paper suppliers will survive. (And if you don't have a book to bring, don't worry. You're still welcome.)

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    • 09 Dec 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 440 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603; 3rd floor Club Room, Buckingham Athletic Club

    Chicago Women in Publishing

    2014 Holiday Party

    Join the Chicago Women in Publishing as we celebrate the holidays at the Club Room of the Buckingham Athletic Club in downtown Chicago.

    Reconnect with old friends or make connections with new ones who are in the vibrant publishing industry of Chicago.

    The fun and festivities will begin at 6:00 pm with hors d’oeuvres and a special menu of hot drinks to chase away the chills. In addition to offering a whole heck of a lot of holiday cheer, we'll be raffling off some fun prizes, including a one-year premium membership!

    Your registration fee earns you one free raffle ticket and one free drink ticket. So don your most festive duds and we’ll see you at the Club Room!

    Cost and Registration

    The cost is $20 for CWIP members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students. To register visit: https://cwip.formstack.com/forms/cwipholidayparty

    • 13 Jan 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Gratz Center (Room 4G), 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago

    IWOC Meeting

    Legal Issues for Writers

    Learn the legal aspects of your work as a freelance writer. Intellectual-property attorney David Adler will cover issues such as work for hire, nondisclosure, contracts, letters of agreement, copyrights, and more!

    Come ready to learn and equipped with all your legal questions!

    Networking, with snacks and beverages, begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the program at 6:00 p.m.

    The meeting is free for IWOC members. Non-members pay $10 with online preregistration and payment or $15 at the door.

    All attendees are welcome to join IWOC members at a buy-your-own dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

    Meeting Location

    IWOC monthly meetings are held in Room 4G at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut Street, adjacent to the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church (see map, below).

    Discounted parking after 5:00pm is available (with validation coupon available at the meeting) at 900 N. Michigan Avenue.


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    • 10 Feb 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Gratz Center (Room 4G), 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago

    IWOC Meeting

    Time Flies, So Make the Most of Your Trip

    IWOC members Betsy Storm and Laurel Johnson will present and demonstrate a panoply of high- and low-tech tricks for becoming more organized and efficient.

    Learn how to take control of your workday, identify priorities, maintain balance, deal with distractions, and more!

    Networking, with snacks and beverages, begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by the program at 6:00 p.m.

    The meeting is free for IWOC members. Non-members pay $10 with online preregistration and payment or $15 at the door.

    All attendees are welcome to join IWOC members at a buy-your-own dinner at a nearby restaurant after the meeting.

    Meeting Location

    IWOC monthly meetings are held in Room 4G at the Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut Street, adjacent to the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church (see map, below).

    Discounted parking after 5:00pm is available (with validation coupon available at the meeting) at 900 N. Michigan Avenue.


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Past events

26 Nov 2014 IWOOP Lunch
20 Nov 2014 Write, Market, and Publish Your Book
19 Nov 2014 CWIP - Writing for the Web
13 Nov 2014 ASJA - Content Connections
12 Nov 2014 AWJ November Program - Make a Great First Impression
11 Nov 2014 IWOC Meeting - Advertising on Facebook and Google
06 Nov 2014 IWORP Breakfast
23 Oct 2014 IWOOP Lunch
22 Oct 2014 Printers Row - Reception with Clarence Page
14 Oct 2014 IWOC Mixer with Chicago Creative Coalition (C3)
02 Oct 2014 IWORP Breakfast
27 Sep 2014 TriQuarterly & Chopin Theatre - Readings from Issue 146
25 Sep 2014 Chicago Self-Publishing Group - Bull Garlington: How to Be a Productive Author
25 Sep 2014 IWOOP Lunch
17 Sep 2014 CWIP - 2014 Fall Kickoff: Opening Doors
09 Sep 2014 IWOC Meeting - Using "Infused" to Broaden Your Exposure
06 Sep 2014 National Writers Union (Chicago) - Labor Read-In
04 Sep 2014 IWORP Breakfast
28 Aug 2014 Red Kimono: Free Writing Workshop
28 Aug 2014 IWOOP Lunch
12 Aug 2014 IWOCFest 2014!
07 Aug 2014 IWORP Breakfast
05 Aug 2014 CWIP - First Annual "Summer in the City" Literary Trivia Night
24 Jul 2014 IWOOP Lunch
08 Jul 2014 IWOC Meeting - Boosting Your Business with IWOC
03 Jul 2014 IWORP Breakfast
26 Jun 2014 IWOOP Lunch
24 Jun 2014 AWJ Panel & Workshop - How to Negotiate
10 Jun 2014 IWOC Mixer with Chicago Women in Publishing (CWIP)
05 Jun 2014 IWORP Breakfast
28 May 2014 AWJ/ASJA - How to be a Freelancer and Still Pay the Rent
28 May 2014 IWOOP Lunch
21 May 2014 CWIP - Interactive Social Media Bootcamp
13 May 2014 IWOC Meeting - Writing is a "Know" Brainer
01 May 2014 IWORP Breakfast
30 Apr 2014 Midwest Writers Association - Copyright Law in the Digital Age
23 Apr 2014 CWIP - Celebrate World Book Night!
23 Apr 2014 IWOOP Lunch
10 Apr 2014 Midwest Publishing Association - Legal Seminar for Publishing Professionals
08 Apr 2014 IWOC Meeting - Direct Mail Marketing
03 Apr 2014 IWORP Breakfast
29 Mar 2014 CWIP - Negotiate Like a Pro in Any Business Scenario!
26 Mar 2014 IWOOP Lunch
21 Mar 2014 Women of Letters - The Long, Lost Art of Correspondence
19 Mar 2014 CWIP - Self-Publishing, Marketing and Distribution
14 Mar 2014 2014 Creative Chicago Expo
11 Mar 2014 IWOC Meeting - Nike Whitcomb, American Writers Museum
06 Mar 2014 IWORP Breakfast
26 Feb 2014 IWOOP Lunch
20 Feb 2014 Midwest Writers Association - Writing Books on Contract | Speech Writing
11 Feb 2014 IWOC Meeting - Becoming a Successful Blogger
06 Feb 2014 IWORP Breakfast
22 Jan 2014 IWOOP Lunch
14 Jan 2014 IWOC Meeting - Marketing Your Freelance Services
11 Dec 2013 CWIP - Book Boutique & Holiday Mixer
10 Dec 2013 IWOC Winter Holiday Party 2013!
05 Dec 2013 Midwest Publishing Association - 2013 Holiday Party
05 Dec 2013 IWORP Breakfast
26 Nov 2013 IWOOP Lunch
24 Nov 2013 Chicago Book Expo 2013
12 Nov 2013 IWOC Meeting - LinkedIn to Profitability: Advanced Tactics
07 Nov 2013 IWORP Breakfast
03 Nov 2013 Publishing Options Workshop (POW)
23 Oct 2013 IWOOP Lunch
18 Oct 2013 CWIP - New/Prospective Member Meeting and Mentoring Program Kick-Off
16 Oct 2013 CWIP - Networking for Everyone
16 Oct 2013 Chicago Financial Women - Tips and Trends for Fall Fashion!
08 Oct 2013 Reception for IWOC Social Media Groups
03 Oct 2013 IWORP Breakfast
25 Sep 2013 IWOOP Lunch
10 Sep 2013 CWIP - 41st Annual Fall Kickoff
10 Sep 2013 IWOC Meeting - Successful Self-publishing
05 Sep 2013 IWORP Breakfast
28 Aug 2013 IWOOP Lunch
22 Aug 2013 Chicago Self-Publishing Group - Social Media and Blogging for Authors
13 Aug 2013 IWOCFest 2013!
13 Aug 2013 Midwest Publishing Association - 2013 Golf Outing
01 Aug 2013 IWORP Breakfast
24 Jul 2013 IWOOP Lunch
09 Jul 2013 IWOC Meeting - Finding and Retaining Clients
26 Jun 2013 IWOOP Lunch
18 Jun 2013 Midwest Writers Association - Writing Books on Contract | Speech Writing
13 Jun 2013 CWIP - Spring Reception!
11 Jun 2013 IWOC Mixer with Midwest Publishing Association (MPA)
07 Jun 2013 Pathways to Publication
06 Jun 2013 Chicago Self-Publishing Group - The Importance of Editing
06 Jun 2013 IWORP Breakfast
29 May 2013 IWOOP Lunch
15 May 2013 CWIP - Spring Author Reading: Joe Meno
14 May 2013 IWOC Meeting - New Modes of Networking
02 May 2013 Chicago Self-Publishing Group - Ebooks for Authors
02 May 2013 IWORP Breakfast
26 Apr 2013 IBPA Publishing University 2013
24 Apr 2013 IWOOP Lunch
17 Apr 2013 CWIP - Self-Publishing and Publicity Panel
09 Apr 2013 IWOC Meeting - There's an App (and URL) for That!
04 Apr 2013 IWORP Breakfast
27 Mar 2013 IWOOP Lunch
12 Mar 2013 IWOC Meeting - Ghostwriting Basics
07 Mar 2013 IWORP Breakfast
01 Mar 2013 2013 Creative Chicago Expo
27 Feb 2013 IWOOP Lunch
07 Feb 2013 IWORP Breakfast
28 Jan 2013 AWJ 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting
22 Jan 2013 IWOOP Lunch
21 Jan 2013 Chicago Writers Conference - Tax Workshop for Writers
08 Jan 2013 IWOC Meeting - Know Your Freelancer Legal Rights
03 Jan 2013 IWORP Breakfast
11 Dec 2012 IWOC Winter Holiday Party 2012!
06 Dec 2012 IWORP Breakfast
28 Nov 2012 AWJ Editor Panel for Freelancers
15 Nov 2012 Midwest Writers Association - Build Your Platform to Attract an Agent or Publisher
13 Nov 2012 IWOC Meeting - Using WordPress to Take Control of Your Website
01 Nov 2012 IWORP Breakfast
23 Oct 2012 IWOC Local Seminar - Harwood Heights
23 Oct 2012 IWOOP Lunch
17 Oct 2012 AWJ (Chicago) - Can Hyper-local Save Journalism?
09 Oct 2012 IWOC Mixer with Alliance of Creative Professionals
05 Oct 2012 City of Chicago - Small Business Expo
04 Oct 2012 IWORP Breakfast
25 Sep 2012 IWOOP Lunch
19 Sep 2012 Midwest Writers Association - Finding an Agent
14 Sep 2012 Chicago Writers Conference 2012
12 Sep 2012 Publicity Club of Chicago - Social Media Panel
11 Sep 2012 IWOC Meeting - Expert Roundtable
06 Sep 2012 IWORP Breakfast
28 Aug 2012 IWOOP Lunch
14 Aug 2012 IWOCFest 2012!
02 Aug 2012 IWORP Breakfast
24 Jul 2012 IWOOP Lunch
10 Jul 2012 IWOC Meeting - IWOC Website and LinkedIn Use
05 Jul 2012 IWORP Breakfast
27 Jun 2012 Publicity Club of Chicago - PCC Happy Hour
26 Jun 2012 IWOOP Lunch
24 Jun 2012 2012 IABC World Conference
21 Jun 2012 IWOC Mixer with Chicago Creative Coalition (C3)
13 Jun 2012 Publicity Club of Chicago - Big-Picture Pitching
07 Jun 2012 IWORP Breakfast
06 Jun 2012 AWJ (Chicago) - An Evening with Mary Schmich
22 May 2012 IWOOP Lunch
17 May 2012 C3/CanDo Dinner
14 May 2012 AWJ (Chicago) - Book Reading with Julia Lieblich
09 May 2012 CBC President's Night - Rick Kogan
09 May 2012 Publicity Club of Chicago - Golden Trumpet Awards
08 May 2012 IWOC Meeting - Social Media Marketing Made Simple
03 May 2012 IWORP Breakfast
24 Apr 2012 IWOOP Lunch
18 Apr 2012 Midwest Writers Association - eBook Publishing
17 Apr 2012 IWOC Workshop - Freelance Writing/Communications Starter Kit
11 Apr 2012 Publicity Club of Chicago - Breaking through the Clutter
09 Apr 2012 Mini TOC Chicago
05 Apr 2012 IWORP Breakfast
27 Mar 2012 IWOOP Lunch
24 Mar 2012 2012 Creative Chicago Expo
13 Mar 2012 IWOC Meeting - Social Media Hands-on Workshop
01 Mar 2012 IWORP Breakfast
28 Feb 2012 IWOOP Lunch
02 Feb 2012 IWORP Breakfast
26 Jan 2012 WBEZ Front & Center - Making Your Own Job
24 Jan 2012 IWOOP Lunch
10 Jan 2012 IWOC Meeting - Online Security
05 Jan 2012 IWORP Breakfast
13 Dec 2011 IWOC Holiday Party!
06 Dec 2011 IWOOP Lunch
01 Dec 2011 IWORP Breakfast
08 Nov 2011 IWOC Monthly Meeting (Food Writing)
03 Nov 2011 IWORP Breakfast
25 Oct 2011 IWOOP Lunch
11 Oct 2011 IWOC Meeting
06 Oct 2011 IWORP Breakfast
27 Sep 2011 IWOOP Lunch
13 Sep 2011 IWOC Meeting
01 Sep 2011 IWORP Breakfast
23 Aug 2011 IWOOP Lunch
09 Aug 2011 IWOCFest!
04 Aug 2011 IWORP Breakfast
26 Jul 2011 IWOOP Lunch
12 Jul 2011 IWOC Meeting
07 Jul 2011 IWORP Breakfast
28 Jun 2011 IWOOP Lunch
14 Jun 2011 IWOC Meeting
02 Jun 2011 IWORP Breakfast
24 May 2011 IWOOP Lunch
10 May 2011 IWOC Meeting
05 May 2011 IWORP Breakfast
26 Apr 2011 IWOOP Lunch
12 Apr 2011 IWOC Meeting
07 Apr 2011 IWORP Breakfast
22 Mar 2011 IWOOP Lunch
03 Mar 2011 IWORP Breakfast
22 Feb 2011 IWOOP Lunch
08 Feb 2011 IWOC Meeting
03 Feb 2011 IWORP Breakfast
25 Jan 2011 IWOOP Lunch
11 Jan 2011 IWOC Meeting
06 Jan 2011 IWORP Breakfast
28 Dec 2010 IWOOP Lunch
14 Dec 2010 IWOC Winter Holiday Party!
02 Dec 2010 IWORP Breakfast
23 Nov 2010 IWOOP Lunch
09 Nov 2010 IWOC Meeting -- B2B Communications Market
04 Nov 2010 IWORP Breakfast
26 Oct 2010 IWOOP Lunch
12 Oct 2010 IWOC Meeting -- Google 101 for Journalists
07 Oct 2010 IWORP Breakfast
28 Sep 2010 IWOOP Lunch
24 Sep 2010 SPJ Digital Media Committee - Hyperlocal Journalism
14 Sep 2010 IWOC Meeting - Annual Business / Jonathan Eig
09 Sep 2010 Bleeping Golden: Insiders' Stories of Covering the Blago Trial
02 Sep 2010 IWORP Breakfast
24 Aug 2010 IWOOP Lunch
21 Aug 2010 EMEOC Summer Writer’s Workshop
10 Aug 2010 IWOCFest!
05 Aug 2010 IWORP Breakfast
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