The chapter holds six regular meetings each year between September and June – four in the Greater Boston area and two in Connecticut. Each meeting begins with a social hour, followed by dinner (or Sunday brunch in midwinter), then a program with a speaker, panel presentation, or roundtable discussions. The Will Solimene Awards banquet alternates each spring with the New England Conference, an all-day program of workshops. Informal networking meetings or tours may also be scheduled throughout the year.

Upcoming Meeting

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 (Live webinar)
Topic: "Medical Writing During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. Please join us for a live webinar event to hear a panel of experienced medical writers discuss how the pandemic has affected our profession, what we have learned so far, and what we can do to prepare for the future.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm ET via Zoom.  For event details, click here!

Past Meetings

Thursday, December 5, 2019 (Brookline, MA)
Topic: "Holiday Party in Brookline, MA"

Thursday, September 12, 2019 (Wallingford, CT)
Topic: "DIY Graphics for Medical Writers"

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 (Waltham, MA)
Topic: "Practical Aspects of Regulatory Writing: Stories from the Frontlines of Regulatory Submissions for Drugs and Medical Devices"

Monday, June 10, 2019 (Arlington, MA)
Topic: "Are You Where You Want to Be In Your Career? Self-Assessment Best Practices and Goal Setting"

 Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (Wallingford, CT)
Topic: "FDA and CDC Acting Against Health Disparities: Will Your Work Be Affected"

Sunday, March 31, 2019 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: "Winter Brunch Meeting in Burlington, MA"

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 (Framingham, MA)
Topic: "Holiday Networking Event"

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (Wallingford, CT)
Topic: "FDA and CDC Acting Against Health Disparities: Will Your Work Be Affected"

Thursday, November 1, 2018 (Washington, DC)
Topic: "Dinner Social at AMWA Conference"

Monday, September 24, 2018 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:  "Ancestory DNA Testing and Privacy"

Thursday, June 21, 2018 (Waltham, MA)
Topic: "
Health Literacy:  What is it, Why it Matters, and Ways Medical Writers Can Help"

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Wallingford, CT)
Topic: "
How to Avoid Rejection: Tips for Medical Writing Success"

Sunday, May 8, 2018 (Arlington, MA)
Topic: "
Movie Event in Arlington, MA"

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: "Winter Brunch Meeting in Burlington, MA"

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (Dedham, MA)
Topic: "
Rhode Island’s Changing Climate: Building Resiliane Through Local Solutions"

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (New Havent, CT)
Topic: "Making the Most of LinkedIn"

Sunday, June 11, 2017 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: "Annual Roundtable Brunch"

Monday, February 27, 2017 (Lexington, MA)
Topic: "Productivity Hacks for Medical Writers"

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (Peabody, MA)
Topic: "Holiday Party"

Thursday, November 3, 2016 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  "
Looking Beyond the Test: What Medical Writing Certification Means for Our Profession"

Monday, September 26, 2016 (Lexington, MA)
Topic:  DIY Graphics for Medical Writers

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (Arlington, MA)
Topic:  Private Screening, Discussion of the Film "Concussion"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (Lexington, MA)
Topic:  Finding Your Way in a Fickle Job Market: Three Personal Stories."

Thursday, April 21, 2016 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  Networking Dinner Meeting

Sunday, January 24, 2015 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: Roundtable Discussions for Professional Development

Thursday, September 24, 2015 (Lexington, MA)
Topic: Brain Health and Prevention of Dementia

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 (Newton, MA)
Topic: Writing Books About Diseases for Patients and Clinicians

Thursday, April 30, 2015 (Hartford, CT)
Topic: From the Bench to the Desk: Transitioning from Scientist to Medical Writer

Sunday, April 12, 2015 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: Annual Roundtable Brunch

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (Lexington, MA)
Topic: Managing Stress to Stay Healthy During the Holidays and Beyond!

Monday, November 3, 2014 (New Haven, CT)
Topic: Taking the Work Out of Networking

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: Today's Resume:  What's New and What's Next?

Saturday, June 21, 2014 (Waltham, MA)
Topic: Writing Awards Luncheon

Monday, May 6, 2014 (Arlington, MA)
Topic: AMWA Movie Night

Sunday, February 23, 2014 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: Annual Midwinter Brunch

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 (Newton, MA)
Self-publishing your book

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  Physical risk factors of office work, stress, psychosocial factors and work organization

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (Newton, MA)
Topic:  Differentiating Yourself in the Employment Market:  Certificates, Certification, and University Degrees for Medical Communicators

Monday, June 10, 2013 (Wellesley, MA)
Topic:  Exploring the Bridge Between Narrative and Healthcare

Wednesday, May 22, 2012 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  MedDRA for Medical Writers: A Common Language for Communication

Sunday, March 3, 2012 (Burlington, MA)
Topic:  Annual Midwinter Brunch

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  Video Scripting

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:  How to Prepare a New Drug Application Really Fast, Laugh Along the Way, and Still Like Each Other When It's Said and Done

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (Burlington, MA)
Topic:  Reshaping Health Content for Various Social Media

Saturday, May 15, 2012 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:   Book Authorship — Reflections on Writing about Women’ s Health for the Lay Population

Saturday, May 5, 2012 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:   2012 Will Solimene Awards Luncheon

Sunday, February 12, 2012 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:  Annual Roundtable Brunch

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 (Lexington, MA)
Topic:  Searching the Medical Literature:  Lessons from the National Library of Medicine

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:··A Break from the Ordinary—Speed Mentoring

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:· "An Open Mic Night for Medical Communicators"

Thursday, June16, 2011 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:· "Speed Mentoring"

Thursday, May 12, 2011 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:· ·E-Learning:· Does it Work?

Sunday, February 27, 2011 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:   Roundtable Discussions for Professional Development

Thursday, December 2, 2010 (Lexington, MA)
Topic:  Nonregulatory Writing Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Industry

Wednesday, October 19, 2010 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  What a Hiring Manager is Looking for in a Freelancer

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 (Lexington, MA)
Topic:  Does it Have to Hurt?  Strategies to Avoid Discomfort for Intense Computer Users

Thursday, June 10, 2010 (Waltham, MA)
Topic:  Presentation of Will Solimene Awards of Excellence

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 (New Haven, CT)
Topic:  Building Your Medical Communication Career Through AMWA

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 (Burlington, MA)
Topic: Epidemiology:  Making Sense of Clinical Trials

Sunday, February 21, 2010 (Waltham, MA)
Topic: Roundtable Discussions for Professional Development

Wednseday, December 9, 2009:  Lexington, MA
Topic: Building and Hosting Your Professional Web Site for as Low as $9.95/month
 To view the slides from this event, click here.

Monday, November 2, 2009:  New Haven, CT
Topic: To Tweet or Not to Tweet:  A Discussion of Social Media Marketing Opportunities for Biomedical Communicators

Wednesday, September 30, 2009:  Waltham, MA
Topic: Chill Out with the New England Chapter at Our Ice Cream Social Event

Monday, June 8, 2009:  Dinner Meeting in Lexington, MA
Topic:Let It Grow:  Tools, Tips, Tales, and Trends in the Care and Feeding of a Successful Medical Writer

Wedneday, May 6, 2009 (New Haven, CT)
Topic: Careers in Medical Writing: A Panel Discussion

Sunday, February 8, 2009 (Waltham, Mass.)
Topic: Roundtable Discussions for Professional Development

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 (Lexington, MA)
From Country Doc to New York Times Best Seller:  One Writer's Story
Speaker:  Michael Palmer, MD

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 (New Haven, Conn.)
The New Transparency of the Pharmaceutical Industry: Addressing Myths and Misperceptions
Speaker:  Lydia Pan, Ph.D

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 (Boston, Mass.)
Medical Writers:  Transparent, But Not Ghosts
Speaker:  Thomas Gegeny, MS, ELS

Meetings for Program Year 2007–2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008 (Waltham, Mass.)
13th Annual Awards Banquet
Speaker:  Bernard Lown, MD

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 (New London, Conn.)
Forensic Science:  Past and Present
Speaker:  Dr. Henry C. Lee

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 (Waltham, Mass.)
Clinical Development of Drugs: The Writer's Perspective
Speaker: Debbie von Rechenberg

Sunday, February 10, 2008 (Waltham, Mass.)
Roundtable Discussions for Professional Development

  1. Moving into Medical Writing (Jill Shuman)
  2. Are You Cut Out for Freelancing? (Lonnie Christiansen)
  3. Satisfied Customers Keep Coming Back for More (Kevin Flynn)
  4. How to Edit Your Own Work (Constance Putnam)
  5. Substantive Editing (Mary Zoll)
  6. Feature Writing in Medical Communications (Nancy Knoblock Hunton)
  7. Money Matters in the Freelance World (Francesca Coltrera)
  8. Basic Science Writing Formats: CME Materials, Journal Articles, Posters, Abstracts
    (Andrea Gwosdow)
  9. Regulatory Writing (Linda Wood)
  10. Social Networking Table (Julie Martin, Debbie von Rechenberg)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 (Lexington, Mass.)
Massachusetts Health Reform: What It Means for Medical Writers
Speakers: Melissa Boudreault and Maria Schiff

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 (New Haven, Conn.)
The State of Health Literacy in Connecticut
Speakers: Annamarie Beaulieu, MPH, and Christine Woolley

Wednesday, September 17, 2007 (Lexington, Mass.)
Why Medical History Matters
Speaker: Constance Putnam, PhD

Meetings for Program Year 2006–2007

Wednesday, June 6, 2007 (Boston, Mass.)
The Science Behind Writer's Block and Hypergraphia
Speaker: Dr. Alice Flaherty

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 (New Haven, Conn.)
Pfizer's State-of-the-Art Research Unit
Speaker: Dr. Howard Uderman

Thursday, March 29, 2007  (Lexington, Mass.)
Discussion of New Yorker Article ("What's the Trouble: How Doctors Think")
Facilitator: Lonnie Christiansen

Sunday, February 11, 2007 (Waltham, Mass.)
Roundtable Discussions for Professional Development

  1. Secrets to Writing a Business Plan & Meeting Your Goals (Helen Osborne)
  2. Money Matters in the Freelance World (Francesca Coltrera)
  3. Online Research: Mining Medical Information from the Internet (Lonnie Christiansen)
  4. Substantive Editing (Mary Zoll)
  5. Transitioning into Medical Writing (Jill Shuman)
  6. Writing CMEs, Journal Articles, and Abstracts (Andrea Gwosdow)
  7. Crafting Health Articles for Consumers and Patients (Nancy Knoblock Hunton)
  8. Technical Writing Opportunities in the Medical Device Industry (Aaron Federman)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 (Lexington, Mass.)
Concepts for Communicating Health Issues: Learn from a Nationally Recognized Leader
Speaker: Larry Tye

Tuesday, October 10, 2006 (New Haven, Conn.)
Award-Winning Writer Takes Us Blogging
Speaker: Carl Zimmer

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 (Cambridge, Mass.)
Medical Writers in Drug and Medical Device Development: Roles and Regulations
Speaker, Linda Wood, RN, MPH

Meetings for Program Year 2005–2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006 (Waltham, Mass.)
Will Solimene Awards for Excellence Banquet (see brochure for award winners)

Tuesday, May 20, 2006 (New Haven, Conn.)
Explore the Evolving World of Continuing Medical Education
Speaker: Candace Hughes, PhD

Thursday, April 27, 2006 (Lexington, Mass.)
Epidemiology: Making Sense of Scientific Findings 

Speaker: Julie Buring, ScD

Sunday, February 5, 2006 (Lexington, Mass.)
Roundtables to Spark Ideas and Advance Careers: A Joint Meeting with the New England Science Writers (NESW)

  1. Transitioning into Medical Writing (AMWA: Jill Shuman)
  2. Evidence-Based Medicine and Scientific Fraud (NESW: Carol Morton, Eugenie Samuel)
  3. Money Matters in the Freelance World (AMWA: Francesca Coltrera)
  4. Life Beyond the Medical Beat (NESW: Richard Saltus)
  5. Substantive Editing (AMWA: Mary Zoll)
  6. Writing CME, Journal Articles, and Abstracts (AMWA: Andrea Gwosdow)
  7. The Craft of Writing for Magazines (NESW: B.D. Colen)
  8. Development Writing 101 (NESW: Karen Kiewra)
  9. Turn Your Expertise into Words (AMWA: Lynne Lederman)
  10. Networking/Social Table (AMWA: Judy Linn)

Thursday, November 3, 2005 (Cambridge, Mass.)
The Art of Science Writing: Tales From a Reporter's Notebook
Speaker: Richard Saltus

Thursday, October 27, 2005 (New Haven, Conn.)
Making the Transition from Bench Scientist to Medical Writer
Speaker: Lynne Lederman

Thursday, September 8, 2005 (Lexington, Mass.)
From Piles to Files: Helping Medical Communicators Get Organized
Speakers: Allison Schnipper & Patty Bareford

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
How to Prepare a New Drug Application Really Fast, Laugh Along the Way, and Still Like Each Other When It’s All Said and Done

Upcoming Events
01 Dec 2020;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Virtual Chapter Event