DO COME AND JOIN our lively creative writing group. You will be warmly welcomed. We have members from across the UK, and beyond; all from medical and allied professions. Some of us are just beginners, others are published authors, and all stages in-between. We love to write, whether it’s fiction, poetry or all manner of medical matters.
JOURNAL: Twice-yearly our editorial team produce our very professional looking journal, “The Writer”, to which any member can contribute a piece of writing. Themes are wide-ranging, from short stories and non-fiction, to funny tales, poems or anything you write concerning medicine and health care, including medical and academic essays.
ON-LINE POETRY FORUM: We have a moderated, on-line Poetry Forum which is a members-only Google-Group for sharing poetry we have written and to comment constructively on each other’s work.
COMPETITIONS: We submit our writing efforts to our twice-yearly competitions. There are three categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. The Non-Fiction category includes the medical component, which in the near future will have its own category, entitled ‘At the Sharp End’. PRIZES: are presented at the two conferences. Winners and best entries are published in “The Writer”.
CONFERENCES and WRITING WORKSHOPS: We meet together twice a year. Non-members are also welcome. In April we have a one-day conference in London. Our autumn conference from a Friday to Sunday in October is held at different venues across the country, chosen to facilitate travelling for as many as possible. Each conference has a theme, invited speakers, writing workshops, prizes, a chance to catch up with friends, and a lot of fun! Recent themes have included: “Creativity and Mental Health”; “Why write, what and how?”; and “Improving our writing and gaining confidence” .
ON-LINE DISCUSSIONS: we have three private listservers which allow members to discuss various aspects of medical writing: the general listserver, useful for general discussion, announcements and queries; the poetry listserver; and one for budding playwrights and screenwriters.
There are two ways to join the SOMW:
Download and complete the application form, and either post it with a cheque to our Membership Secretary / Finance Officer, Dr Julian Randall, Society of Medical Writers, Acre Rise Cottage, Upper Lodestone, Claverley, WOLVERHAMPTON WV5 7DH, or alternatively email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by BACS to The Society of Medical Writers (SOMW) ACCOUNT, Barclays 83304337, and Sort code 20 45 45, reference: your name+join