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When you become an IWOC member, you join an organization of communications experts who derive a substantial portion of their incomes from freelance writing. You also join a community of writers who care about advancing the cause of independent writing, who recognize the power and opportunities that result from professional fellowship, and who support each other in advancing their careers.

Membership Levels

To serve the needs of the Chicago-area freelance writing community, IWOC offers five levels of membership:

  • Professional ($140/year*)
    Writers who rely on freelance writing to provide a portion of their incomes
     - Detailed listing in the member directory, including six free Area of Expertise and/or Specialty listings
     - Access to members-only resources, including the periodic rate survey
     - Free admission to IWOC programs and co-hosted events
     - Discounted admission to skill-building seminars
  • Senior ($90/year*)
    Freelance writers who are of age 62 years or older
     - All of the benefits of Professional membership at a discounted price
  • Distance ($90/year*)
    Freelance writers who live more than 65 miles from Chicago
     - All of the benefits of Professional membership at a discounted price
  • Associate ($70/year*)
    Writers who are interested in pursuing a freelance writing career
     - Contact-only listing in the member directory
     - Access to members-only resources, including the periodic rate survey
     - Free admission to IWOC programs and co-hosted events
  • Student ($25/year*)
    Students who are interested in pursuing a freelance writing career
    > - Access to certain members-only resources
     - Free admission to IWOC programs and co-hosted events

*Our annual membership/renewal date for all members is October 1. If you join after January 1, your dues for the current year will be prorated automatically (to the nearest month).

How to Apply

To apply for IWOC membership, simply select your Membership level and click "Next." The system will guide you through the process from there. For best results, please make sure to view and follow our application guidelines.

You can pay your dues online using either a credit card or PayPal account. As soon as your payment is confirmed and we have reviewed and approved your application, you will be notified of your membership activation and welcomed heartily into the IWOC fold.

And if you have questions about any part of the process, please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Manager, who will be more than happy to help.

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