Get Started in Science Writing 2022
Becoming a science writer can appear daunting, but we have broken it down into a series of steps in this helpful workbook. In it, you will find information on how to identify your niche, find your target publications and build your portfolio, together with planners to help you stop dreaming and start writing.
Who is it for?
You are a scientist, such as a PhD student, postdoc, lab head or industry researcher and you've been thinking about developing your popular science writing skills because:
- You are frustrated about how your field is covered in the media or online, and believe you can do better, or
- You have decided it's time to move on from academia and a career as a writer appeals to you, or
- You would like another string to your bow and see writing as a valuable sideline, or
- You're just interested!
But you're not sure where to start.
What will it cover?
- What opportunities exist for science writers
- How to find and own your writing niche
- How to get your first commissions
- Marketing yourself as a science writer
- Anything you'd like to ask the trainers
The webinar will include a live Q&A session. You will also receive a free digital workbook to help you plan your next steps.
Can't make the webinar? Don't worry! Sign up anyway, and we will share a recording with you afterwards. You will also be able to post questions for our trainers in our discussion forum after the event.
Who is speaking?
Our speakers are two highly experienced science writers and science journalists:
Claire Ainsworth is an award-winning science journalist, who began her career at New Scientist magazine and the journal Nature and has been freelancing since 2007.
Jon Copley is Associate Professor in Ocean Exploration and Public Engagement at the University of Southampton. He regularly writes about his research for the general public, and is a former full-time science journalist.
Both trainers have been teaching scientists how to communicate effectively for more than 20 years. Scroll down for detailed biographies.
When is it?
The live webinar took place 3rd February 2022, but the recording of the session is now available in this course. Simply sign up to access it, and ask the trainers questions via the accompanying text discussion section.
Webinar recording (3rd February 2022)
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I've always wanted to get into science writing and the tips and resources in this course are really helpful. I've started on steps 1 and 2!
I've always wanted to get into science writing and the tips and resources in this course are really helpful. I've started on steps 1 and 2!Read Less
It was great to hear from working science journalists and science writing experts. The Q&A was also very useful.
It was great to hear from working science journalists and science writing experts. The Q&A was also very useful.Read Less