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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?

Members of our organisation gain the following benefits:

Free digital issues of the Lapidus International Journal
Networking events around the UK
Regional Groups - in the UK and in many countries abroad including Canada, the USA and Finland.
Training and Continuing Personal Development opportunities
Members' pages - information and resources
A Toolkit of treasures and resources to help you to develop your skills and business
Access to our member's facebook group where you can ask for advice or network with nearby members.


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. If you pay through Paypal, you will set up a subscription which automatically renews every year. 

Other methods of payment are bank transfer, and cheque. If you'd like to pay by cheque, please contact us and we shall send you the details of how to do so!


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 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 to the calendar?

Running a writing for wellbeing event? Excellent! Let us put it on our calendar!

Send the details of the event to the Lapidus Coordinator, and they will make sure that your event is proudly displayed on our calendar and shared through our social media. Want to add a little bit extra? Why not write an article on the news hub to help promote it?

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!

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.