Networking in Atlanta

Please join AMWA-SE for a Happy Hour networking event in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Plenty of free parking is available and each person can have an individual tab for food and drink.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 6th by clicking on this Evite link.

Members and non-members are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Bring networking events to your local area!

Are you looking to meet medical communicators in your local area? Local networking is one of the best things about AMWA, and a great opportunity to connect, share and learn. It’s easy to organize a local event, and the chapter board can help make your event a success. Here’s how:

  1. Choose a date and time, allowing at least 3 weeks for planning;
    • Weekdays after work usually allow for more members to attend and make it easier to find a location that is conducive to conversation.
  2. Choose a location
    • Suggestions: Breweries or brewpubs with areas to accommodate large groups; restaurants with private dining areas
      • Many restaurants with private dining areas will charge a deposit to use the room, but will subtract bar purchases from the deposits.
  3. Send invitations at least 2 weeks before event
    • Provide information to chapter secretary about the event to have an invite sent to the entire membership
    • Send personalized invitations to AMWA members in local area (list available from chapter secretary upon request) AND/OR local non-AMWA member contacts at area universities or companies
  4. Host event
    • Provide sign-in sheet (available from chapter secretary) to collect names and membership status of attendees.
    • Purchase appetizers (and non-alcoholic beverages, at your discretion) for attendees. Attendees must purchase their own alcoholic beverage. Save your receipt for reimbursement!
  5. Submit information to SE-AMWA leadership
    • Provide a copy of the event sign-in to the president-elect
    • Provide a copy of the refreshment receipt to the treasurer. Please also provide an address for mailing your reimbursement check.

Roundtable Discussion in Atlanta – September 2017

On September 27,  17 attendees (6 current AMWA members, 11 prospective members) met at the Georgia Public Library in Sandy Springs. Several of the attendees were graduate students who are interested in medical writing as a career.

The group had engaging discussions on several topics, including:

  • Tips for medical writing success
  • Benefits of AMWA membership
  • Building a freelance medical writing business
  • Necessity of certification
  • Ways to engage and network with Atlanta-based medical writers

The attendees generally had positive feedback about the meeting and are looking forward to having more meetings and social events. In fact, several of them agreed to work on planning an event for early November.

Networking in Nashville – August 2017

On August 25, nine AMWA members (including one new member who traveled from Mississippi!) met at Fat Bottom Brewing in Nashville. Discussion items included transitioning to medical writing, regulatory writing opportunities, and self-promotion best practices (business cards, LinkedIn, etc). It was a lovely night to enjoy the patio space!

Networking in Nashville – March 2017

Five current members of AMWA Southeast and three prospective members met for a networking event at Fidos Coffee Shop in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Over coffee, tea and cookies, we discussed the benefits of AMWA membership and attending the annual conference.

Prior to the event, three of our members had volunteered to launch a book club for medical writers. They presented their concept and thoughts on moving forward, all received and discussed with great enthusiasm.

Chapter Dinner at AMWA Conference 2016

The Southeast Chapter Dinner was held at Cru Food and Wine Bar in Denver, CO. Twelve AMWA members were in attendance. Ten individuals were current SE Chapter members; two additional individuals joined the group after invitation by the Chapter president because of recent or impending moves to the SE Chapter territory. The chapter president encouraged each member to do “one small thing” to increase connection between medical writers in their local areas.