Although the IWOC membership application process is very straightforward, we offer these guidelines to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions about the process or any of the fields on the application, please contact our membership manager.
The IWOC application form contains three sections:
- Name and phone numberBasic contact information for the IWOC database
- Contact InformationDetailed contact information for your IWOC member profile
- ProfileInformation about you and your background and experience
The name and phone number data are used to identify you in the IWOC member database. The Contact Information and Profile data are used in your displayed "Find a Writer" member directory profile.
Name and Phone Number
The top section of the application form contains basic membership data.
- First name and Last name (Required)
We need to be able to offer more than, "Hey, it's you!" when we see you.
- Email (Required)
The Email address is automatically filled in by the system, based on the address you entered on the first application screen.
- Phone (Optional)
This is your primary contact phone number. It does not have to match any of those in the Contact Information section, below.
All data in the Contact Information section are optional. After your membership is activated, you will be able to modify them at any time and/or to personalize your privacy settings to specify which information is displayed or hidden from public view.
- Company Name
If you operate your business under a company name (whether or not you're incorporated), enter it here.
You can list as many websites as you like, but each one must be listed on a separate line. If you include the "www." prefix for the site address, it will be displayed as a live link in your member profile.
- Social Media
You can include in this field direct links to your social-media locations, such as your Facebook page or LinkedIn profile. To display the link as a live link in your member profile, you must include the entire link address, including the "http://www." prefix.
- Email (Alternate)
If you have an alternate email address through which you would like to be contacted by potential employers, enter it here.
- Address 1, Address 2, City, State, ZIP
If we need to explain the use of these fields, IWOC might not be the right organization for you.
- Phone (Office), Phone (Home), Phone (Mobile), FAX
Enter in these fields any phone numbers through which you may be contacted for work-related matters. (And yes, some people still have fax machines.)
All data in the Profile section are optional. After your membership is activated, you will be able to modify them at any time and/or to personalize your privacy settings to specify which information is displayed or hidden from public view.
If you would like your picture to be displayed in your member profile, use the "Choose File" button to locate and upload it. All uploaded pictures are resized automatically to a maximum size of 110 X 110 pixels, but please make sure that the resolution (DPI) of the uploaded picture is appropriate for Web use.
- Overview (40 words maximum)
This field contains a free-writing description of your background, skills, areas of expertise, specialties, and any other information you would like to display to advertise yourself to potential employers.
This field contains a free-writing description of your educational background. There is no maximum word count for this field, but as with most things in life, it pays to be concise.
Select the number of years (range) of your freelance-writing experience.
Select the number of years (range) that you have earned part or all of your income as an independent writer.
- Extra Expertise/Specialties Listings
The IWOC Find a Writer member directory allows employers to search for you by Area of Expertise and Specialty. Your IWOC membership includes six (6) free Area of Expertise and/or Specialty selections, and you can purchase extra-listings in packages of three listings-per-package. For example, if you select a "3 Extra" listing package, you will be able to have a total of nine (9) listings in your profile.
After your application and payment process is complete, you will be invited to send an email to our Membership Coordinator with the specific listings you would like to have added to your profile.
Thank you for your interest in becoming an IWOC member. We look forward to welcoming you on board!