Five Awesome Benefits of Being a Member in the Denver Woman’s Press Club
By Monica Parpal Stockbridge
I joined the Denver Woman’s Press Club in 2013. I had been working as a copywriter and editor for nearly eight years, and I’d driven past the historic clubhouse on my commute many times. After hearing about a public writing event and doing a little research, I realized that there was a community of professional female writers, editors, and communications pros right in my backyard. A group of writers to whom I could relate. I jumped at the chance to apply.
Today, I’ve been a member for nearly two years. I’ve made it a point to get involved, and other members have made a point to get to know me. Sure, I’ve found a sparkling new line to add to my resume, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
Here are five awesome benefits to being a member of the Denver Woman’s Press Club:
- Professional development opportunities. As someone who is continuously developing my writing and editing career, I appreciate the chance to build my skills, listen to speakers, and attend small group discussions on specialized topics. These types of meetings, seminars, and salons happen every month at the DWPC—and many are member-only. In the last couple of years, I’ve especially enjoyed meeting Helen Thorpe (author of Soldier Girls) and attending a talk about interviewing techniques from NPR’s Ryan Warner. Plus, there’s often wine available!
- Community involvement. As we get older, it can be more difficult to make new acquaintances—especially outside our own circles of friends and colleagues. Joining the DWPC gave me a chance to meet other women in my field, learn from their experiences, and share the ups and downs of similar careers. I’ve had several fabulous lunch dates, and I’ve even been able to start giving back by volunteering at the annual DWPC Jewelry Sale and board committees—great ways to meet new members and bring your own ideas to the table.
- Networking. Our members span the generations. Some women are just starting out, many are in the prime of their careers, and still others are looking back upon impressive legacies. It’s amazing to see what these members are working on and to hear about what they’ve accomplished. As for networking, I’ve scored a freelance gig or two based on connections I’ve made here, and even helped connect another member to an assignment. What’s more, the DWPC email newsletter (e-connect) also posts occasional job ads.
- Hanging out at the DWPC clubhouse. How often do you get to immerse yourself in authentic Denver history? I get to do that every month or so, just by attending events at the DWPC. Did you know that the clubhouse was built in 1910? Or that the teeny upstairs level used to be two bedrooms? Or that the grand painting on the wall features Mary Elitch Long, one of the founders of Elitch Gardens? There’s a lot of history in that house—even a friendly ghost.
- Book promotions and events. If I were ever to write a book, I’d want to let everyone know about it. As a member, I can use the clubhouse once a year to promote a book or major article. What’s more, I can rent the house for professional meetings or social events—like meeting with my book club or hosting a friend’s baby shower. Plus, the clubhouse’s full-time caretaker helps with set-up and tear-down.
There’s are many things to discover as a DWPC member—and even more ways to get involved. How will you make the most of your membership? —by Monica Parpal Stockbridge