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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Lapidus International?

Lapidus International is an association which aims to promote and connect those working in the field of writing for wellbeing. Writing for wellbeing is the use of words, written or spoken, to promote good wellbeing and mental health. Our membership is comprised of people from a range of different fields - writers, health workers, counsellors, therapists, teachers and more.

Lapidus welcomes anyone with an interest, whether professional or personal, in words for wellbeing. The organisation has members throughout the UK and abroad.

Since 2008, Lapidus has been funded entirely by Membership subscriptions and run on the goodwill and voluntary work of a dedicated team. You can find out more about the organisation here.


What are the benefits of being a member of Lapidus International?

As a Lapidus Member, you will receive:

  • Access to our Journal Archive, full to the brim with articles from our members published over the years
  • Discounted Training and Continuing Personal Development opportunities
  • Discounted tickets to our Creative Bridges conference which runs every 2 years.
  • Regional Groups - connect with members in your area and online
  • Advertise your events on our website and in our newsletter for free
  • A monthy newsletter full to the brim with information and news about writing for wellbeing
  • A toolkit of treasures and resources to help you to develop your skills and business
  • Membership Insurance - discounted Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and Product insurance for Lapidus Members
  • Read and be a part of our Lapidus Magazine - a members-only publication full of writing by the community for the community
  • Access to the Lapidus Living Research Community - our group dedicated to discussing and sharing research with monthly free events
  • Access to our member-only social media groups to connect with the community, share ideas and ask questions.


How do I sign up to become a member?

If you'd like to become a member of Lapidus International, you can sign up using the form here:

The cost of membership is £55 a year, or £35 if you are a student. If you pay through Paypal, you will set up a subscription which automatically renews every year. 

You can also pay by bank transfer - if you choose this option at the sign up stage, our bank details will be emailed to you.

Unfortunately, we no longer accept cheques as a payment method.

I'm a member, now what do I do?

Now you can celebrate! There are a number of things we suggest you do to begin your membership:

- Check out our groups page to see if there is a regional group near you, and get in contact with the coordinator if there is.

- Join our Members-only Facebook group and introduce yourself to the other members.

- Read our Journals! Feeling inspired? Why not try to submit something to our next journal!

- If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

How do I renew my membership?

Before your membership needs renewing, you will receive reminder emails from us warning you of your upcoming payment. If you are paying through Paypal, your membership will automatically renew and you do not need to do anything.

If you are paying by bank transfer, please transfer £55 to us by the date of your renewal and we will renew your membership. We suggest setting up a standing order, so this is done automatically.

How do I cancel my membership?

We are sad to see you go, but if you would like to part ways with us please let us know at least 10 working days before the renewal of your membership. You can do this by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can cancel your Paypal subscription at any time by logging in to your Paypal account and searching for 'Lapidus'. From here you should be able to find the details of how to cancel the subscription. If you are unable to, please let us know and we will cancel it on our end.

How can I submit an event?

Running a writing for wellbeing event? Excellent! As member, you can advertise with us for free. Email our coordinator with the following information:

  • - Name
  • - Event/activity/training title
  • - Date
  • - Time
  • - Location
  • - Price
  • - Description
  • - Booking details
  • - Contact details

We will add the event to our website as soon as possible. This may take up to a week as we have a small team, but if your event is not on the website after then, please get in touch.

How do I submit an article for the News Hub?

If you have some news around the field of writing for wellbeing, you're running an event, you've read a great book, you want to share a resource, or something along those lines, please feel free to get in touch with the Lapidus coordinator with details about your suggested article and we will try to share your article on our news hub!

Please take into account the following details for news hub articles:

- A maximum of 800 words (or split it into multiple pieces)

- Please try to include at least one image. Blocks of texts like to be broken up with pictures for easier reading!

- Please include a short bio of yourself, of around 50 words (along with a picture, if you want)

I want to form a new regional group. How do I do this?

You can read our Regional Groups Policy here. If you are interested in forming a regional group, please contact our director of Groups at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How do I join the Lapidus International Practitioner Directory?

If you're a member of Lapidus International, you can be part of our Writing for Wellbeing Practitioner Directory! Please fill out the form that you can download from this page and send it to our Lapidus Coordinator.


I want to submit an article to the Lapidus Magazine/LIRIC journal

We are always looking for new contributors to our journal and magazine. You can find information about the LIRIC journal here and for any enquiries about our magazine, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..