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Upcoming Events

Save the Date #1: AMWA Pacific Coast Conference (PCC)

The Northern California Chapter of AMWA is planning a one-day conference on April 16, 2016. The conference will include workshops and open sessions and plenty of networking time. The conference will be held in downtown San Francisco at the Park Central San Francisco Hotel. Please reserve this date to join your AMWA colleagues for a day of education, information exchange, and camaraderie.

  • What: AMWA Pacific Coast Conference

  • When: April 16, 2016

  • Where: Park Central San Francisco, A Starwood Hotel; 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Map.


  • Save the Date #2: Northern California Chapter February Meet-Up

    Continuing our efforts to foster closer communication among AMWA NorCal members, we're instituting local Meet-Ups. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th in Mountain View.

  • What: Northern California Chapter February Meet-Up

  • When: Saturday, February 20, 2 pm

  • Where: Red Rock Coffee Co, 201 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041. Phone: 650.967.4473. Location is one block from the CalTrain Mountain View stop. Event is on the Second Floor. Map.

  • There's no set program—just meet and chat and enjoy a glass of something together! So please RSVP to the Mountain View Meet-Up Coordinator Barbara Arnoldussen ASAP! Note: all are welcome; this isn't limited to Peninsula area members. Come and enjoy the companionship of your fellow Northern California AMWA chapter members. You'll be glad you did!

    Recent Meet-Up: Mission Coffee in Fremont

    A group of six of us gathered on Saturday, November 14th at 3 pm. At the onset the question was posed "What can our chapter do for you?" Discussions included: location and transportation choices for future Meet-Ups; the success of the job board (one of the attended related her success story); book/writing resources; a request for info on key guidances (for example, access to the final draft of the ISE, International Summary Efficacy document); Request #1 for National AMWA: avoid/do not schedule National webinars during working hours (consider making webinar events "pay per access" using recordings as opposed to live events to increase accessibility by members); and Request #2 to National AMWA: look into possibility of having Webinars offering class credits. In short, an excellent meetup where the whole was enriched through the sum of its parts. Thanks to all the attendees for a memorable time. Keep an eye out for future meet-ups!

    Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) 2016 Survey Complete

    Thanks to everyone who responded to the PCC-2016 survey.

    Your input assists the Pacific Coast Conference 2016 coordinators plan a conference that will maximize your opportunities for professional development and facilitate friendly networking. This wonderful event is sponsored in alternate years by our Northern California Chapter and the Pacific Southwest Chapter. In 2016, the PCC will be sponsored by the Northern California Chapter. We'll be posting updated conference news as planning proceeds.

    Our Chapter

    The Northern California Chapter is one of twenty regional chapters of the American Medical Writers Association. With almost 250 members in Northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii, it has been an active and thriving chapter for over twenty years. AMWA members are an integral part of Northern California's large and dynamic medical products industry, as well as its eminent medical research and medical education communities.

    If you live within our geographic area, you are automatically added to our chapter membership when you join the national organization. If you would like to learn more about our chapter and opportunities to become more involved, please contact our President Caren Rickhoff.

    Site Mission

  • Help Northern California members keep in touch with the chapter and with each other

  • Represent our chapter in the biomedical and communications communities

  • Help writers find the education, tools, and information they need to use the Internet and other publishing media effectively in their professional lives