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The Mid-America chapter of the American Medical Writer's Association was founded in 1985, and historically serves AMWA members living in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. We publish a quarterly newsletter (latest issue Spring 2019) , and hold regular in-person meetings. The Board of Directors also holds regular meetings by teleconference, and minutes of those meetings are available.

Upcoming Chapter Events

TechWriteSTL (St Louis)

Tuesday, May 7, 11:30am -- Speed Networking, coordinated by Joanne McAndrews
C J Muggs, 101 W. Lockwood - Webster Groves, MO - 63119
Get to know the other members of the TechWrite STL group!  We will have a 30-40 minute speed networking session followed by lunch. We will be meeting in CJ Muggs' private banquet room located in the basement of the restaurant.  Bring lots of business cards! 

Monday, July 15, 11:30am -- Suzanne Broussard will talk about Desktop Publishing Software
J Greene's Pub, 10017 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Desktop publishing software is an essential tool for all writers. We will be exploring a variety of desktop publishing software packages and discussing their application for scientific manuscripts, electronic media, and regulatory documents.  

September 05, Thursday, 6:00 pm -- Annual Dinner "The Battle for Quality Medical Journalism"
C J Muggs, 101 W. Lockwood - Webster Groves, MO - 63119
Samantha Liss is a healthcare reporter with Industry Dive, a provider of business journalism for competitive industries. She has extensive background covering the healthcare sector for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Business Journal. The need for quality and reliable information remains despite the immense pressures facing newsrooms across the country.  As the business model changes, newspaper leaders are forced to cut experienced staff and attempt to do more with less. The strain on newsrooms comes at a time when the press is under attack and a time when more Americans say they have lost trust in the press. In this presentation, Samantha will cover how the press operates, the strict separation between the editorial department and the newsroom, and how working professionals, particularly in science and medicine, can work with the press. This will include how to reach out with stories, how to talk to the press, how journalists identify stories, vet sources, and more.

November 13, Wednesday, noon - Best and Worst Books of 2019, coordinated by Leslie Neistadt
Kirkwood Public Library, 140 East Jefferson Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122 - Bring Your Own Lunch

For more information or to register for any of these events contact Lisa Balbes.

Iowa Area Events

The Iowa Networking Group will be visiting the Des Moines Botanical Garden on March 31 from 1-3 pm.  We will meet in the cafe, have a bite to eat, and then tour the gardens.  The entrance fee and lunch (with exception of alcoholic beverages) will be free to members.

Check out the Iowa Networking Group's Facebook page for information about upcoming events and a chance to get to know AMWA members in Iowa, or contact Natalie Dewitt for more information.

Nebraska Area Events

Contact Rebecca Bigelow for information about events in this area.

Kansas City Area Events

Simply click on the above URL 5 minutes before the event. No RSVP necessary. To submit questions, log in to YouTube using a Gmail account. In the "Say Something" feature on the right hand side, click on "Create a channel" to enable the ability to chat. The event will be recorded.

Contact Swarna Mandali for information about events in this area.

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