Conference Focus Areas

Make the most of your conference experience and explore the available content focus areas. Each education session and AMWA Workshop is grouped under a relevant focus area. Attendees can use these focus areas to help plan their conference schedule by choosing the content most relevant to their career interests and goals.

Click on the focus area titles below to see the sessions and workshops included for each category. Session and workshop descriptions can be found in the registration brochure.


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Education Session Schedule

AMWA Workshop Schedule


Education Sessions

  • Augmenting Medical Writing with Artificial Intelligence and Natural-Language Generation (Thurs. 11/7, 9-10 AM)
  • Narrative Know-How: Streamlining the Writing, Quality Control, and Assembly Processes (Thurs. 11/7, 9-10 AM)
  • “X” Marks the Spot: Creating an Annotation “Treasure Map” for Quality Control Review (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • Introduction to Medical Writing Project Management in Smartsheet (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • How to Build a Medical Writer: Medical Writing Apprenticeships - New Training for a New Breed (Thurs. 11/7, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • Herding the Cats: The Medical Writer’s Survival Guide for Regulatory Submissions (Thurs. 11/7, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Preparing Module 3 (Quality) Content for Complex Biologic Early-Phase Investigational New Drug Applications (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Reviewer Coaching: Increasing Efficiency through Communicating Reviewing Best Practices (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Medical Writing Techniques in Pharmacovigilance (Fri. 11/8, 9-10:30 AM)
  • TransCelerate's Common CSR Template: A Consistent Approach to Writing Compliant CSRs with Ease (Fri. 11/8, 12:45-1:45 PM)
  • Creating Narrative-Writing Software (Fri. 11/8, 3:30-4:30 PM)
  • Effective Mentoring of Medical Writers: Principles and Practice (Fri. 11/8, 3:30-4:30 PM)
  • Managing Complex Regulatory Submissions: A Case Study (Sat. 11/9, 9-10:30 AM)
  • Quality Control Fixer Upper: Let’s Put Some Polish on Your Process! (Sat. 11/9, 10:45-11:45 AM)

AMWA Workshops (additional fee)

  • WS-21: Electronic Common Technical Document (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)
  • NEW WS-23: Lean Authoring (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-25: Writing Clinical Evaluation Reports for Medical Devices (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)
  • NEW WS-31: Writing Clinical Study Report Lay Summaries – a Survivor’s Guide (Thurs. 11/7, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-32: Writing the Investigator’s Brochure (Thurs. 11/7, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-43: Summarizing Clinical Safety Data for a New Drug Application (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-44: Strategies for Improving Document Quality for Pharmaceutical Communications Managers (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-52: Summarizing Clinical Efficacy Data for a New Drug Application (Sat. 11/9, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-60: Composing Narratives for Safety and Adverse Event Reporting (Sat. 11/9, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-61: Clinical Study Report Writing: From Tables, Listings, and Graphs to Text (Sat. 11/9, 2-5 PM)

Education Sessions

  • Text Recycling in Scientific Research Writing: Recent Findings from the Text Recycling Research Project (Thurs. 11/7, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • Writing Biomedical Research Papers for Publication (Fri. 11/8, 2-3 PM)
  • Art of Writing Effective Response Letters to Journal Editors (Sat. 11/9, 9-10:30 AM)
  • Predatory Publishing: Update on Current Environment (Sat. 11/9, 9-10:30 AM)

AMWA Workshops (additional fee)

  • NEW WS-12: Best Practices for Developing Journal Manuscripts (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • NEW WS-13: Writing the Clinical Study Abstract (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)

Education Sessions

  • Interviewing Potential Employers and Clients (Thurs. 11/7, 9-10:30 AM)
  • You Can Find a Diamond in the Rough: Medical Writing Opportunities in Rare Diseases (Thurs. 11/7, 9-10:30 AM)
  • Demonstrating Presence Regardless of Work Location (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • Effective Networking Skills for Medical Writers (Thurs. 11/7, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • Med Write Talk: The CMEpalooza Story: Lessons for the Medical Writing Community (Thurs. 11/7, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Med Write Talk: Career Burnout: We Didn't Start the Fire...or Did We? (Thurs. 11/7, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Writing Medical Quizzes for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals (Fri. 11/8, 9-10 AM)
  • Exploring the Diverse and Multidisciplinary Educational Ecosystem for Medical Writing (Fri. 11/8, 9-10:30 AM)
  • Findings from the 2019 AMWA Medical Communication Compensation Survey (Fri. 11/8, 12:45-1:45 PM)
  • Med Write Talk: It Is Almost Time to Tidy up, but Before I Go (Fri. 11/8, 2-3 PM)
  • Med Write Talk: Overcoming Obstacles: A Nurse with Chronic Illness Shifts Her Career Path (Fri. 11/8, 2-3 PM)
  • The Art of Personal Branding: How to Tell the YOU Story and Gain New Customers (Sat. 11/9, 10:45-11:45 AM)

Education Sessions

  • Making Money While You Sleep (or Don’t): The Promises and Pitfalls of Subcontracting (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • How to Nurture Clients into Long-Term Relationships and Boost Your Bottom Line (Fri. 11/8, 9-10:30 AM)
  • 10 Essential Criteria for Building and Maintaining a Freelance Business (Fri. 11/8, 2-3 PM)
  • By the Hour or By the Project? Straight Talk About Pricing Strategies for Freelancers (Fri. 11/8, 3:30-4:30 PM)
  • Jam Session for Early-Career Freelances (Sat. 11/9, 2-3:30 PM)
  • Jam Session for Seasoned Freelances (Sat. 11/9, 2-3:30 PM)

Education Sessions

  • Style and Substance: The AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition (Thurs. 11/7, 9-10:30 AM)
  • Tools to Enhance Your Productivity as an Editor (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)

AMWA Workshops (additional fee)

  • WS-10: Foundations of Plain Language (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-15: Basic Grammar I (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-24: Sentence Structure and Patterns (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)
  • NEW WS-30: Writing for Visual Media: Best Practices (Thurs. 11/7, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-40: Writing and Designing Materials for Patient Education (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-41: Essentials of Copyediting (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-42: Proofreading: Strategy for Document Quality Control (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-45: Advanced Writing (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-50 Usage: Choosing the Right Word for the Job (Sat. 11/9, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • NEW WS-51 The Medical Editing Clinic: Strategies to Hone Your Editing Skills (Sat. 11/9, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-54: Principles and Practice of Visual Data Presentation (Sat. 11/9, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-62: Effective Paragraphing (Sat. 11/9, 2-5 PM)

Education Sessions

  • We the People: Making Government Biomedical Information Understandable for Everyone (Thurs. 11/7, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Using Narratives to Improve Health Literacy and Communicator Credibility (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Med Write Talk: Toward More Effective Communication with Science Deniers (Fri. 11/8, 2-3 PM)
  • Plain Language 2.0 and Health Literacy: New Strategies for Better Outcomes (Sat. 11/9, 9-10:30 AM)

AMWA Workshops (additional fee)

  • WS-10: Foundations of Plain Language (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-40: Writing and Designing Materials for Patient Education (Fri. 11/8, 2-5 PM)

Education Sessions

  • Influence of Leaders and Servant Leadership (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • The Science and Art of Project Stakeholder Management (Thurs. 11/7, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • How to Build a Medical Writer: Medical Writing Apprenticeships - New Training for a New Breed (Thurs. 11/7, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • Med Write Talk: Disrupting Our Profession: A Medical Writer’s Call to Action (Thurs. 11/7, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Jam Session for Mid-Level Managers (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Are You a Candle or a Wolf? Medical Writers as Strategic Leaders (Fri. 11/8, 9-10:30 AM)
  • Effective Mentoring of Medical Writers: Principles and Practice (Fri. 11/8, 3:30-4:30 PM)

Education Sessions

  • The Clinical Pharmacology of Therapeutic Antibodies: PK/PD and Beyond (Thurs. 11/7, 3:15-4:15 PM)
  • Reporting Drug Metabolism in the Age of Precision Medicine (Sat. 11/9, 10:45-11:45 AM)

AMWA Workshops (additional fee)

  • WS-14: Introduction to Health Economics for Medical Communicators (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-22: Assessing and Communicating Benefits and Risks of Medicines (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)
  • WS-33: Introduction to Cancer Pharmacology (Thurs. 11/7, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-53: Introduction to Statistics for Medical Communicators (Sat. 11/9, 9 AM-12 PM)
  • WS-63: Understanding Sample Size and Study Power (Sat. 11/9, 2-5 PM)

Education Sessions

  • Introduction to Medical Writing Project Management in Smartsheet (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • Tools to Enhance Your Productivity as an Editor (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • How to Check Consistency and Enforce Your House Style: Using PerfectIt in Submissions and Publication (Fri. 11/8, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • SharePoint to the Rescue! Using SharePoint as a Tool to Manage Medical Writing Teams and Client Partnerships (Fri. 11/8, 1:45-2:45 PM)
  • In the Green Room with Your Words – MS Word Template Creation (Fri. 11/8, 2-3 PM)

AMWA Workshops (additional fee)

  • WS-64: Effectively Searching Online Databases (Sat. 11/9, 2-5 PM)

Education Sessions

  • Can Fitting in Fun Make Us Better Medical Writers? (Thurs. 11/7, 9-10 AM)
  • Navigating Workplace Incivility as a Medical Writer (Thurs. 11/7, 11 AM-12 PM)
  • The ABCs of Stress Management (Thurs. 11/7, 4:30-5:30 PM)
  • Yoga at Your Desk: Stretch, Breathe, and Relax (Fri. 11/8, 7:30-8:30 AM)
  • It’s YOUR Time: A Nonjudgmental Approach to Time Management (Fri. 11/8, 9-10 AM)
  • The Saving Equation: Work + Saving = Yes, You Really Can Have a Life (Fri. 11/8, 12:45-1:45 PM)
  • Beyond Happy 😊, Sad , and Mad (*%$#!) – Use Your Words! Dealing with Life and Stress Using Emotional Granularity (Fri. 11/8, 3:30-4:30 PM)
  • Open-Faced, Triple-Decker, or Plain Old Peanut Butter and Jelly… Stories and Tips from the Sandwich Generation (Sat. 11/9, 9-10:30 AM)

Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals

  • NEW WS-11: Principles and Practices for Developing Needs Assessments for Continuing Education Activities (Wed. 11/6, 9 AM-12 PM)

Grantsmanship

  • WS-20: Writing and Editing NIH Grant Proposals (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)
  • How to Write Strategic Grant Proposals for Research Collaborations (Fri. 11/8, 9-10:30 AM)

Medical Devices

  • WS-25: Writing Clinical Evaluation Reports for Medical Devices (Wed. 11/6, 2-5 PM)

Public Relations/Health Care Marketing

  • Communication Strategies: Learning How to Promote Programs and Navigate Media (Thurs. 11/7, 1:45-2:45 PM)




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