What is Creative Women’s Circle?
Creative Women’s Circle (CWC) is a group of like-minded women working in creative industries (whether full-time, part-time, self employed or as a hobby).
CWC events are held throughout the year at various locations around Australia and usually feature an invited guest speaker and/or opportunities to network and socialise with other creative women.
How did Creative Women’s Circle start, and who organises it?
In late 2004, designer Dearne Mills brought together a small group of women working in creative industries and establishing small businesses, in order to share information, inspiration and ideas. Get-togethers were held every few months and attendees enjoyed hearing the experiences of many Melbourne based creative women.
In early 2009, Tess McCabe (a regular CWC attendee) took over the organising of Creative Women’s Circle events, expanding its membership and online presence, and began publishing books for and about creative Australian women.
In 2015, Tess began taking steps to change CWCs business structure to become an incorporated association (non-profit), steered by a Board based in Melbourne. This transition is due to be completed by the end of 2015.
How do I join CWC?
There are two official membership options – free & paid. You can find out more about the benefits of each, and which one might suit you, on the ‘Join’ page.
One of the main benefits of paid membership is the ability to promote yourself and your work/skills through The Circle Database.
How do I renew or extend my CWC membership?
You can renew or extend your Membership term at any time (e.g. to take advantage of a giveaway or promotional special price) and 12 months access will be granted beyond the end-date of your current membership. Visit the join page to renew/extend your membership (tip: log in to your account first! Even if your membership has expired you will still be able to log in, but will have minimal access to special features until Membership is renewed).
I have signed up for Membership and I want to set up my page on The Circle Database – how do I do this?
There are some instructions about how to set up a page on The Circle Database on this page.
I’ve signed up & paid for Membership but I can’t log in to the website, or I am having other technical issues.
Please contact us and we will try and get that sorted for you ASAP!
I don’t work in a creative industry, can I still come along to an event?
Of course! Anyone with any interest in engaging or supporting creative activities, no matter their experience or current involvement, can attend our events.
Is there a cost to attend CWC events?
Yes – tickets are able to be purchased online prior to each event. They sell out quickly, and seating is often strictly limited, so don’t delay your ticket purchases! Often a portion of your ticket sale will go toward a charitable organisation. Ticket prices vary according to your membership type.
I don’t have a PayPal account, can I pay for an event ticket/shop purchase by credit card or direct debit?
You can pay for a ticket/shop purchase via credit card without logging in to PayPal. Follow the shop prompts through to the PayPal page, then pay with your credit card without logging in. Unfortunately we can’t accept direct debit payment or cash payments at this time.
I paid for a ticket but didn’t receive a paper/printable ticket… should I have?
You should receive email confirmation of your purchase but you will not be issued a paper ticket. After purchase your name will be added to a door list.
I’ve purchased a ticket to an event but can no longer attend. Can I get a refund or raincheck?
Unfortunately we can’t offer refunds or rainchecks on tickets. You can however sell or give your ticket to someone else. If you have a ticket available, contact us or tweet @_CWC and we’ll happily retweet to our followers.
When is the next CWC event?
Sign up to our events mailing list to receive an email when the next even in your city is happening.
When will there be CWC events in my city?
In 2014 CWC expanded to hold events outside of Melbourne, with plans to expand to other cities and regional locations in the future. Check back on the blog or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to be alerted when a new city event is announced. If you’re interested in becoming an even host in your city/town, or assisting with existing events there, contact us.
How long do CWC events go for?
Speaker events last for approximately two hours, including question-and-answer time with the invited speaker and general networking/socialising afterward.
Member’s Morning Tea events usually last for two hours.
Can I bring a friend to a CWC event?
Of course! Feel free to pass email invitations onto anyone you think might be interested in the CWC. Or they can join and be alerted of upcoming events via email.
Can I bring my husband/brother/son/partner to a CWC event?
We don’t discriminate against men attending our CWC speaker events… but our invited speakers will always be women. Member’s Morning Tea events are for CWC Members only.
Do you offer childcare at your events?
Unfortunately at this stage we are unable to offer childcare at any CWC events.
Can I bring my children to a CWC event?
Maybe, but please note our events will not be very exciting for a toddler or young child, and we ask that you please respect the speaker and other attendees right to an uninterrupted presentation.
Why do I get a lot of emails from CWC, especially around event-time?
You may be signed up to receive blog posts via email, as well as being on the CWC event invitation list. Receiving blog posts via email is an RSS thing.
I’d like to sponsor CWC in some way, how do I go about this?
That’s very generous of you, thank you! Please contact us.
I’d like to be a speaker at a CWC event, how do I go about this?
Please contact us to discuss.
I’d like to know even more about CWC!
Then perhaps you’d like to visit our press page!