Register Now for AMWA’s Southeast Regional Conference

The AMWA Southeast Chapter is proud to be a sponsor of the AMWA 2022 Southeast Regional Conference that will take place June 13 and 14 at the Luminary Hotel & Co., Autograph Collection in Fort Myers, Florida. The program line-up includes educational sessions on:

  • Developing a Clinical Evaluation Strategy with an Eye to Regulatory and Quality Requirements
  • Leveraging Public Relations in Medical Communications
  • Resources for Researching Medical Devices Using Publicly Available Databases
  • Communicating Science to the Public
  • Think Like an Editor: Improving Document Quality for Regulatory Submissions

The popular AMWA Freelance Jam Sessions moderated by Brian Bass, MWC are also offered.  These sessions provide a supportive space for freelancers to share their experiences and concerns with other Early-career or Seasoned freelancers.  The conference also features the highly rated, intensive, small group, interactive workshops that are a staple of AMWA conferences:

  • Strategies for Persuasive Writing, Susan Aiello, DVM, ELS
  • Advanced Writing, Susan Aiello, DVM, ELS
  • Regulations: What does a Medical Writer Need to Know?, Karen Bannick McQuoid, MA, RAC, FRAPS

 MedWrite Talks (reminiscent of the popular TED Talks): Best practices for client interactionSmall Business Survival Skills: Your Way to Success, It’s All In How You Pivot, Reminders of Life Lessons from the Barnyard

For full details, check out the conference brochure.

Register now to attend.

Save the Date for the Virtual Pacific Coast Conference

The AMWA Northern California (NorCal) Chapter is hosting a full-day virtual Pacific Coast Conference on Friday, May 6th. They have an exciting lineup that includes:

  • A keynote lecture on mRNA Vaccine Development by Gary Witherall,  MedSyntax
  • Medical Writing and Editing Best Practices
  • Regulatory Insights
  • Networking

All are welcome to attend. Please save the date. An invitation link is forthcoming.

July 2021 Educational Webinar

Mark your calendars!

AMWA-Southeast’s next educational webinar is scheduled for July 8, 2021 at 12 PM ET.

Alexandra Howson, MA, PhD (she/her/hers), Owner of Thistle Editorial, LLC, and Certified Healthcare CPD Professional, will be presenting “Body of Writing.” You’ll learn techniques for keeping your body healthy despite long hours writing at the computer.

Everyone is welcome!

RSVP by 10:30 AM ET on July 8th to get a link to attend.

Have you taken the 2019 AMWA Salary Survey?

The AMWA Salary Survey is open! Please participate to share your insight on salaries and fees.

All AMWA members should have received a link to the online survey by email from on Friday, February 22.

All medical writers, editors, and communicators are invited to contribute to this important research. For an invitation, please contact to request one.

Survey closes April 8.

Explore Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the survey, including some tips on how to prepare. You may also contact if you did not receive the link or have any other questions.

Chapter Election Results 2018-2019

Election results are in! Please welcome your 2018-2019 AMWA SE board!

President: JoAnna Pendergrass

President-Elect: Madison Hedrick

Secretary: Rachel Lane

Treasurer: Callie Compton

Many thanks to our outgoing president (now serving as Immediate Past President) Eva Stabenow.


As their first action, the board has appointed the following individuals to serve:

Membership Chair: Rachel Stevens Salmon

Chapter Advisory Council Representative: Kimberly Korwek


Are you looking for ways to get involved and grow your network? There are plenty of opportunities with AMWA SE that require very little time commitment. Feel free to contact any board member for more information.

Book Club Online Meetings June/July 2018

The current book club selection, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, was discussed online via Google Hangouts on June 20 and July 18. The discussion was lively and participants shared their thoughts from the comfort of their couch (with their beverage and fuzzy socks of choice!)

The next book club selection is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. There is also a movie (wink wink!)

Interested in future book club events? Check out “Southeast Medical Writers Book Club” group on Facebook or visit the google group

Annual Business Meeting

The annual business meeting for the Southeast Chapter was held Thursday, November 2 immediately preceding the Chapter Dinner at the AMWA annual conference.

Kim Korwek (Immediate Past President) summarized the key achievements of the 2016-2017 year. Notably, the chapter achieved its governance goals, becoming a registered non-profit organization and meeting all chapter affiliation requirements with AMWA. The chapter held 5 networking events (3 in Nashville, 1 in Memphis and 1 in Birmingham). The chapter also helped facilitate 3 educational events. This included an educational presentation about statistical concepts for writers (online and in Nashville), a roundtable discussion in Atlanta, and the chapter book club. The chapter has secured programs for many back-office functions to help volunteer leaders with chapter duties, including a new bank account and accounting system, a mass emailing system, and a new website. Finally, the chapter has a full slate of volunteer officers and is recruiting local networking coordinators to help facilitate connection with members in all geographic areas.

Whitney Smalley-Freed (Treasurer, 2016-2017) provided a summary of the chapter’s financial status. Expenditures were below budget due to fees for incorporation being less than anticipated. The largest portion of expenditures (38.6% of total spend) were related to incorporation and aligning with the requirements of the chapter agreement. Approximately 33% of expenditures were related to sending a chapter delegate to the spring Board of Directors meeting; this cost will not be incurred next year due to changes in the board structure. The remaining expenses were for educational and networking events and maintaining the website.

Eva Stabenow (President) introduced the 2017-2018 officers: Rebekah Koutny (President-Elect), Callie Compton (Treasurer) and JoAnna Pendergrass (Secretary). Eva introduced the goals for the chapter, including more local programming. She stressed the importance of local volunteers for event organizing, and solicited volunteers to serve as Local Networking Coordinators (LNCs) to facilitate this process.