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    What is the Creative Women’s Circle?
    The 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 Melbourne and Sydney and usually feature an invited guest speaker and opportunities to network and socialise with other creative women.

    How did the Creative Women’s Circle start, and who organises it?Tess_McCabe_about-page-headshot
    In late 2004, designer Dearne Herrenberg 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 at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne, 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.

    How do I join the 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. You don’t have to officially join at all to attend our events.

    One of the main benefits of paid membership is the ability to promote yourself and your work/skills through The Circle Database.

    If you live outside of Melbourne or internationally or are unable to attend our events, you can still join, and set up your own Circle Database page if you are a Full Member.

    How do I renew or extend my CWC membership?
    You can renew or extend your Full 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 Full Membership is renewed).

    I have signed up for Full 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 Full 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?
    No, after purchasing a ticket your name is added to a door list, so you will not be issued a paper ticket and there is no need to bring a printed receipt.

    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?
    Check the website home page for details of any upcoming events. If you are a Subscriber or Full Member you will be informed of upcoming events via email prior to them being posted on the website.

    Events are usually held on a Saturday, Sunday or week night.

    When will there be CWC events in cities outside of Melbourne?
    The first CWC in Sydney was held in October 2012. Please subscribe here to receive updates about Sydney events. Check back on the blog to be alerted of CWC events in other cities.

    How long do CWC events go for?
    Events last for approximately two hours, including question-and-answer time with the invited speaker and general networking/socialising afterward.

    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?
    Yes! We don’t discriminate against men attending our CWC events… but our invited speakers will always be women.

    Do you offer childcare at your events?
    Unfortunately at this stage we are unable to offer childcare at CWC events.

    Can I bring my children to a CWC event?
    Yes, but please note events generally involve listening a speaker for approximately one hour, which may 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.

    What is Conversations with Creative Women?
    Conversations with Creative Women is a paperback book featuring interviews with Australian women from a variety of creative industries, discussing their career and creative lives. There are two volumes in the series, and both are self-published by Tess McCabe/Creative Women’s Circle. Visit our shop to purchase versions of both editions.

    I purchased a digital copy of a CWC book but haven’t received an email link to download it.
    Please check your Spam folder for an email from us first, and if there is no email please contact Tess and we’ll try to rectify the situation as soon as we can.

    Why do I get a lot of emails from the 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 the CWC in some way, how do I go about this?
    That’s very generous of you, thank you! Please contact Tess, the CWC coordinator, to discuss.

    I’d like to be a speaker at a CWC event, how do I go about this?
    Please contact Tess, the CWC coordinator, to discuss.

    I’d like to know even more about the CWC!
    Then perhaps you’d like to visit our press page!