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AMWA-DVC hosts educational meetings, with expert speakers and panel discussants, and networking events (view the list of our past activities). Go to Contact to send us your ideas about potential speakers, topics, and formats.   

Save the date for the following upcoming event:

  • AMWA-DVC 27th Annual Princeton Forum (Virtual) on Saturday, May 4, 2024 (10:00 am to 3:00 pm EST)

Freelance Workshop
Chart & Stethoscope

22nd Annual Freelance Workshop (Virtual)

Tips and Networking for Seasoned, New and Aspiring Medical Writers and Editors

Saturday, March 9, 2024, 12:30 to 4:30 pm EST

Program chair: Helen Fosam, PhD, and Ndiya Ogba, PhD

Format: The day before the workshop, we will email the Zoom meeting link to registrants. The plenary sessions (not the roundtables) will be recorded and made available to registrants. Registrants will also have access to slides and handouts provided by the presenters.

Content: Are you looking to learn from your peers who are successful medical writers and editors, of for ways to expand your current skills? Then, join us at the AMWA-DVC Freelance (Virtual) Workshop which will feature seasoned speakers, several roundtable sessions, and extraordinary learning and networking opportunities. The Workshop offers ample sessions no matter where you are on your freelance medical writing and editing journey — seasoned, new, or aspiring. For speakers bios and more details, read the program brochure. The Workshop includes plenary sessions with a keynote speaker and 3 additional talks:

  • Keynote talk: What You Need to Know About AI in Medical Writing (Núria Negrão, PhD. Núria Negrão Medical Writing)

  • Talk 1: 10 Misconceptions About Freelance Medical Writing & Why They're Wrong (Sophie Ash, BSc (Hons), DipION, DipLCM) 

  • Talk 2: Cutting the Fluff: Mastering the Art of Lean & Plain Language in Medical Writing (Janelle Barowski, MSN, RN)

  • Talk 3: Writing and Editing with the AMA Manual of Style (Eloise DeHaan, BS) 

As part of your Workshop registration, you will be able to participate in your choice of 2 of the following 9 roundtable sessions (maximum 10 registrants per virtual breakout room):

  1. How to Attract More Clients on LinkedIn (Lori De Milto, MJ)

  2. Generative AI: Friend or Foe (Ruwaida Vakil, MSc)

  3. Tips for Managing Your Freelance Business When you Have Chronic Illness (Mia DeFino, MS, ELS, CMPP)

  4. Patient-Centric Pages: Writing to Connect and Empower (Anna Shurtleff Smith, BSN, MPH)

  5. Introduction to Medical Writing for Pharmaceutical Advertising (Holly Hagan, MSc)

  6. Professional Project Management for Medical Writers (Kyle Smith, PMP)

  7. Breaking into CME Writing (Donald M. Harting MA MS ELS CHCP)

  8. How to Boost Your Bottomline by Nurturing Clients into Long-term Relationships (Katherine Molnar-Kimber, PhD)

  9. A Pharma Medical Writing Manager's Perspectives on Partnering with Contract Medical Writers (Mia Nagarajan, PhD)

Cost: AMWA members $20, non-member $30, AMWA student/postdoc members $5

Registration: Register now! Registration will close at 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 8, 2024. 

Workshop agenda:

  • 12:30–12:35 PM: Welcome (Helen Fosam, PhD)

  • 12:35–12:39 PM: Introductions from AMW-DVC President (Debbie Anderson, PhD)

  • 12:40–1:40 PM: Plenary keynote talk  

  •  1:45–2:30 PM: Roundtable Session A (your choice of 9 virtual breakout rooms)

  •  2:30–2:40 PM: Break 

  • 2:40–3:25 PM: Plenary session 

    • 2:40–2:55 PM: Talk 1

    • 2:55–3:10 PM: Talk 2

    • 3:10–3:25 PM: Talk 3

  • 3:30–4:15 PM: Roundtable Session B (your choice of 9 virtual breakout rooms) 

  • 4:15–4:30 PM: Wrap up and close

Optional networking dinner to be held at 7:00 pm at Bertucci's in Springfield, PA: 

  • Location: Bertucci's Springfield Square, 965 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064 

  • Logistics: Each person will pay their own bill, including gratuity. Sign-up is required for an accurate headcount for the reservations.

  • How to register: If you plan to attend this dinner, select the Yes option on the registration page. If you registered for the Freelance Workshop before we added the restaurant option to the registration page, click below to send us an email asking to be added to the list.

Questions? Send us an email.

Past Events (2020-Present)

  • January 31, 2004: AMWA-DVC Mid-Winter Warm-Up Net Working Dinner Meeting, Harvest Boom Brewery & Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ

  • October 26, 2023: AMWA-DVC Networking Dinners at AMWA 2023 Conference in Baltimore, MD

  • September 22, 2023: AMWA-DVC at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA 

  • June 21, 2023: AMWA-DVC Annual Business, Professional Development, and Networking Dinner Meeting, Sandy Run Country Club, Oreland, PA

  • May 20, 2023: 26th Annual Princeton Forum (virtual)

  • March 11, 2023: 21st Annual Freelance Workshop (virtual) — Building Leadership Strategies & Approaches for Medical Writers and Editors

  • January 25, 2023: AMWA-DVC Mid-Winter Warm-Up Networking Dinner, Triumph Brewery, New Hope, PA

  • November 3, 2022: AMWA-DVC Networking Dinners at AMWA 2022 Conference in Denver, CO

  • October 15, 2022: AMWA-DVC at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA 

  • June 29, 2022: AMWA-DVC Annual Business Meeting and Summer Social (virtual) — included the educational panel discussion, "Pursuing Excellence in Medical Communications"

  • April 30, 2022: 25th Annual Princeton Forum (virtual)

  • March 12, 2022: 20th Annual Freelance Workshop (virtual) — Tips and Tools for Spring Cleansing and Expanding Your Freelance Business

  • January 5, 2022: Habits of Highly Effective Medical Writers An AMWA-DVC Virtual Networking Event 

  • October 28, 2021: QUARANTINI 2.0 AMWA-DVC Virtual Networking Event 

  • July 15, 2021: Introduction to CME Screenwriting: Crafting the Virtual Patient Case Scenario (virtual) — A program co-hosted by AMWA-DVC and AMWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

  • June 28, 2021: AMWA-DVC June Summer Social and Annual Business Meeting (virtual)

  • May 1, 2021: 24th Annual Princeton Forum (virtual)

  • March 13, 2021: 19th Annual Freelance Workshop (virtual) — Re-examining Your Freelance Toolbox: Updating Skills and Transitioning to Medical Writing

  • December 16, 2020: AMWA-DVC Bookworm's Holiday Networking Social (virtual)

  • October 21, 2020: AMWA-DVC "BYOB" QUARANTINI Happy Hour (virtual)

  • August 18, 2020: AMWA-DVC Summer Virtual Social 

Past Events (2020-Present)
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