"The object for which our said corporation is formed and incorporated is for the purpose of advancing and encouraging women in literary work, to cultivate acquaintance and friendship among women of literary taste, to engage in educational effort, charity and philanthropy, to secure the benefits arising from organized effort..."
DWPC Certificate of Incorporation, 1898
In the spring of 1898, the Denver Woman's Press Club was founded by nineteen charter members. Organizer and first president, Minnie J. Reynolds, was the first woman political writer on the Rocky Mountain News, and the first woman candidate for the Populist Party in Colorado.
In 1924, the club purchased the Denver studio home of George Elbert Burr, a well-known artist famous for his etchings of Colorado. The DWPC is reportedly the only women's press group in the U.S. that owns its own home. The clubhouse was designated a historic landmark in 1968 by the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission and placed on the state register of historic properties in 1995.
As part of its 1998 Centennial Celebration, the Denver Woman's Press Club restored the building and garden with funds obtained from the Colorado Historical Fund and private donations. The small clubhouse continues to be a community center, open to the public for author receptions and other special events.
Many literary luminaries have been guests of DWPC including Denverite William Barrett, Barbara Cartland, Mary Higgins Clark, Barbara Kingsolver, James Michener, Robert MacNeil, Anna Quindlen, Tracy Chevalier, and Annie Proulx.
Today the DWPC membership includes over 200 writing professionals in various fields - publishing, journalism, electronic communications, advertising, marketing, public relations, trade and business publications, history, education, freelance market, fundraising, and government.
Stephanie Lynne Couey, an MFA student of creative writing at the University of Colorado Boulder, is the recipient of the DWPC Ruth Murray Underhill Scholarship Award for 2014.
"I shifted gears from my original plan to be a counselor for young women with eating disorders, and decided to give my all to writing. It was, and still is, a risk, but it's one I'm committed to. I am currently receiving my Masters from CU Boulder, while teaching Intro to Creative Writing courses. I plan to continue immediately, or almost-immediately, on to a PhD, and I intend on never leaving academia. I hope to continue to contribute to fields of writing both academic and aesthetic, and am sincerely grateful for the recognition of this award."
DWPC members say:
" I have been pleased with the programs, the newsletters, the contacts and friendships. The Board has done a grand job!"
"The DWPC is a valuable connection for me to the writing community."
"It is an honor to be part of this organization."
"I am very happy with the way the club functions--a little something for everyone. I like to partake in different events at different times, and the many choices of events is appreciated. I joined because of the friendly, helpful members I met."
"As soon as I joined, my world exploded with growth."