IWOC is not a virtual organization. It is made up of real freelance writers who perform real work for real clients. So in addition to our Internet presence and the Web tools that we offer to our members, we also provide opportunities to meet, mingle, connect, learn, and network—live and in-person—not only with other IWOC members but with other writing organizations in and around Chicago. Our main vehicles for doing so are regular meetings, co-hosted mixers, parties, and special events.
Whether you are an independent writer looking for opportunities to learn about the craft and business or merely an interested party, we invite you to join us at our next event.
Next IWOC Regular Meeting
11 Mar 2014 5:00 PM • Gratz Center (Page Smith Room), 126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago
Eight times a year, IWOC hosts regular meetings on the second Tuesday of the month—in January, February, March, April, May, July, September, and November.
Each meeting includes a time to mix and mingle followed by a presentation on a timely topic relevant to independent writers. And after the meeting, all attendees are invited to reconvene at a local eatery to continue the camaraderie and discussion.
All regular meetings are free for IWOC members, and visitors are always welcome (and given a discount with online pre-registration). And first-time visitors can attend for free (online pre-registration required).
10 Jun 2014 5:00 PM • TBA
To encourage fellowship and networking between Chicagoland writing groups, IWOC invites other groups to participate in casual mixers on the second Tuesdays in June and October.
All mixers are held in Chicago dining and... well... drinking establishments and are free to attend by IWOC members (but with a cash bar, of course).
12 Aug 2014 5:30 PM • TBA
Yes, we do party on occasion—twice a year, actually, on the second Tuesdays of August and December.
The August party is better known as "IWOCFest" and is usually held on the rooftop of a restaurant in Greektown. The IWOC Holiday Party in December is a moveable feast, usually Spanish tapas or Thai. And in the spirit of the holiday season, it includes a visit from Santa himself, as well as the exchange of gently used books.
14 Mar 2014 10:00 AM • Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago
To foster health in the world of freelance writing, IWOC takes part in and sometimes hosts special events of interest to Chicagoland freelancers.
Some events are sponsored by other organizations; others are sponsored by IWOC itself. But regardless of who creates and organizes the event, each contributes in significant ways to the Chicago-area independent writing community.