27 July 2020, 6pm – 7.30pm, via Zoom

However experienced you are, it’s always useful to take a fresh look at pitching. Updating your skills can help you diversify into different areas of journalism and find new clients.

Following her sold-out pitching webinar for Women in Journalism, the multiple-award winning freelance journalist DONNA FERGUSON will be offering her sought-after pitching workshop online for the Guild.

It will offer practical advice on how to find new editors to write for, how NOT to write a pitch, how to chase a pitch, what editors want to see in a pitch and how to turn a rejection into a commission.

The webinar lasts around an hour, followed by half an hour for a Q&A. All ticket-holders will be sent a recording of the session, which will be available to watch for a week afterwards – so even if you can’t make it on the date, it’s still worth reserving a place.

Click here to book your place via our Eventbrite page– free to Guild members

Joining details, via Zoom, to be sent nearer the time.

Feedback on DONNA FERGUSON’S previous webinar:

“Thank you so much for a brilliant webinar yesterday. I’ve been freelancing for a long time but I’m keen to diversify so it was incredibly helpful to get some new ideas and tips!”

“Really enjoyed your webinar just now. Advice on pitching is truly valuable – I wish webinar had been available years ago!”

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your pitching masterclass. I also write for The Guardian, among others, but have not had much luck breaking into new sections. You have now given me hope!”

“Thank you so much for another thoroughly informative session – I learnt such a lot – and you are very inspiring!”

“Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday. I found it invaluable to read how you liaised with editors. I have only dared pitch a handful of times, and it can feel like talking into a void. “

“Just wanted to thank you for yesterday’s pitching session – I found it massively helpful and it really, really lifted my spirits. Pretty much everything you talked about yesterday really resonated with me.”


Donna Ferguson is an award winning freelance journalist for The Guardian, The Observer and other national newspapers. After spending 10 years as a specialist journalist, working for trade and consumer magazines and websites, she began freelancing for all the major national newspapers seven years ago. Now, she is a regular writer for The Guardian and The Observer writing everything from arts and celebrity interviews to big investigations, topical features and breaking news stories, as well as specialist education and financial stories.

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Antibiotic Apocalypse 2050 ? Are we there yet?

In 2014 the UK government estimated that antimicrobial resistance would become the world’s greatest killer by 2050 and cut global GDP by 3.5%, a cumulative cost of £70bn unless a new generation of effective antibiotics are developed.

So what’s been done in the last 5 years…

Find out on 23 January 2020

Our speakers:

Professor Sir Sam Everington – seeking to get antibiotic guardianship on the social prescribing agenda

Professor Peter Borriello – Chief Executive Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate examining the world of animal health

Professor Mark Fielder – Professor of medical microbiology Kingston University and currently the President of the Society for Applied Microbiology

Dr Peter Jackson – Executive Director AMR- the UK’s translational R&D centre focused on antimicrobial resistance


6.30pm Registration and presentations
Presentations followed by networking 

The Kings Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

Click here for tickets:

The Guild of Health Writers thanks Schwabe Pharma (UK) for their generous sponsorship of this event and would like to state that this is an independent event. In accordance with its objectives, the Guild aims to provide a balanced, non-partisan forum for discussion and does not endorse any commercial products.

RPS/UCL School of Pharmacy New Year lecture on Controlling Cancer in the 2020s

A preview of Professor Mark Emberton’s 2020 RPS/UCL School of Pharmacy New Year lecture on Controlling Cancer in the 2020s and a discussion of new opportunities for preventing, treating and curing cancers


To be held on Thursday, 9  January 2020 in the Kohn Centre at the Royal Society,

6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG.

Coffee from 9.30am for a prompt 10am start


The 2020 New Year Lecture will be given by Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of UCL’s Faculty of Medical Sciences. To highlight his messages about further reducing the suffering and death caused by cancers a press conference will be held on the morning of Thursday,  January 9th at the Royal Society. Contributions will also be made by:

  • Professor Charles Swanton,Royal Society Napier Professor in Cancer and thoracic oncologist at UCL and UCLH. Charlie is leading the TRACERx research project on improving lung cancer treatment and co-director of the Cancer Research UK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence and Chief Clinician, Cancer Research UK
  • Professor David Baldwin,Consultant Respiratory Physician, Nottingham University Hospitals and the University of Nottingham. David is Chair of NHS England’s Clinical Expert Group for Lung Cancer.

This event will also be attended by other leaders in cancer prevention and child and adult

care. A new UCL School of Pharmacy publication, Cancer Policy Update: an Agenda for the

2020s, will be launched at the meeting, which will be chaired by Professor David Taylor.

Please let us know if you can attend by emailing Dr Monika Heller at

RSVP to Monika.Heller@alumni.ucl.ac.uk

The Guild of Health Writers would like to state that this is an independent event we think that might be of interest to you.

Guild of Health Writers Christmas Party – 3 December 2019




It’s Christmas Party Time!

This year we’re heading to the Palace of Westminster. We’d love you to join us and catch up with old friends, make new ones and enjoy some festive revelry.

Sparkling wine and artisan juices will be served along with delicious healthy canapés and festive sweetmeats.

There will also be an informal opportunity to explore Parliament before the party.

Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Place: Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OPW


GHW Members: £22.00

Friends of the Guild: £25.00

Non-member guests: £28.00 (One guest per Guild member/Friends of the Guild)

This event is by invitation only for Guild Members and Friends of the Guild.


RSVP – Please note that your ticket purchase by 27th November 2019 is essential for security reasons.

IMPORTANT – An admittance invitation (ticket), map and full joining details will be emailed to each guest.

The Guild of Health Writers thanks Zoetic for their generous sponsorship of this networking opportunity and would like to state that this is an independent event. In accordance with its objectives, the Guild aims to provide a balanced, non-partisan forum for discussion and does not endorse any commercial products.