About the Society — and membership

DO JOIN our lively 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 and academic matters.

But now, the whole direction of the SOMW has changed: the advent of high-quality self-publication means that getting published is now entirely under your own control. To see just how numerous and ground-breaking are the opportunities, do look at our Chair’s summary of the new opportunities opening up for medical writers. But in addition we have our:-

JOURNAL: Twice-yearly our editorial team produce our journal, “The Writer“, to which any member can contribute a piece of writing.  Themes are wide-ranging, from anything you write concerning medicine and health care, including medical and academic essays to short stories and non-fiction, humerous tales, or poems.

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.

ON-LINE FORUM FOR THOSE WRITING FOR STAGE OR SCREEN

COMPETITIONS: We submit our writing efforts to our twice-yearly competitions. There are now five categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Academic and those for the 18-25 age group.   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 traveling 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.

TECHNICAL MATTERS. These are teaching sessions,  ranging from developing a high-quality style of writing to learning how to get published, or how to create an academic paper to the very highest standards.

If you would like to read our Constitution, please click on this link.

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 moldywarp@doctors.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

ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS (claimable as a medical expense against medical earnings):
Standard Membership £50; Dual Membership £60; Retired Member £45; Dual Retired Members £50;
Nursing & Ancillary Professions £30;
Students £15

Overseas: Additional charge for Journal postage £ 7.50