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ATXSCIREAD: SCIENCE & NATURE BOOK CLUB

ATXSCIREAD: SCIENCE & NATURE BOOK CLUB

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead. For September, we’ll discuss BRAIDING SWEETGRASS by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. If you’re in Austin for Labor Day weekend, join us at BookPeople on Sunday, 9/1 at 4 pm to discuss! Get your copy at BookPeople for a 10% discount.

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead (usually) meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm. Upcoming meetings and titles (determined by book club members via ranked choice voting):

 

UPCOMING TITLES

September, 9/1: Robin Wall Kimmerer — Braiding Sweetgrass

Email atxsciwri [at] gmail dot com if you have any questions.

AUGUST HAPPY HOUR

AUGUST HAPPY HOUR

August’s casual happy hour for Austin Texas Science Writers is Tuesday, August 13th. We’ll do a short writing exercise, depending on interest, and play a board game to increase scicomm skills. Please join us in the backroom at Opa!

 

Tuesday, August 13
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Opa Coffee & Wine Bar
2050 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704
(512) 326-8742

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

Save the date: Sunday, 8/4 at 4-5 pm on the third floor of BookPeople (use the back elevators).

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead. This month, we’ll discuss WHY YOU EAT WHAT YOU EAT: THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD by Rachel Herz. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or order online here.

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm. Upcoming meetings and titles (determined by book club members via ranked choice voting):

 

Email atxsciwri [at] gmail dot com if you have any questions.

YouTube Movie Night

YouTube Movie Night

For ATXSciWri Members

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We’ll watch some of favorite popular science videos from a list compiled by ATXSciWri members and talk about what makes great science communication media.

The address will be shared with current members on our member newsletter.

 

*DATE/TIME CHANGE* ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

*DATE/TIME CHANGE* ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

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Save the date: Sunday, 7/14 at 3-4 pm on the third floor of BookPeople (use the back elevators). NOTICE THE CHANGE IN DATE AND TIME: 3 pm, not the usual 4 pm on the second Sunday. Enjoy your fourth of July!

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead.  This month, we’ll discuss RADIUM GIRLS by Kate Moore. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or order online.

 

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead (usually) meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm. Upcoming meetings and titles (determined by book club members via ranked choice voting):

 

UPCOMING TITLES

July, 7/14:  Kate Moore, RADIUM GIRLS

August, 8/4: Rachel Herz — Why You Eat What You Eat

September, 9/1: Robin Wall Kimmerer — Braiding Sweetgrass

Email atxsciwri [at] gmail dot com if you have any questions.

 

Selling Stories: Finding an Audience for Your Writing

Selling Stories: Finding an Audience for Your Writing

Tickets are $40 for non-members. Members receive an automatic additional 25% off discount (when logged in).

 

As the third in a series of three workshops that explore the techniques needed to go from idea to published science writing piece, this workshop will explore the last leg of your communication journey: how to find your audience, then polish and sell your writing piece to a publisher. Selling doesn’t just mean receiving money for your creative piece, it means selling the idea to someone, particularly your audience with effective and learned techniques (helpful even for those that aren’t freelance). During this professional development workshop, we’ll explore topics such as:

  • Selecting which story to tell and how publications go about selecting which story they commission
  • How stories evolve from pre-pitch exploratory interviews, through rounds of edits, to a final polished piece by pulling from real-world examples of successful freelancers’ pitch, edit, and publish process, including take-home examples that help creators optimize the journey. Authors will be available for direct questions and feedback on an idea you may have.
  • Forbes columnist and negotiation coach Tanya Tarr will lead a fun, interactive, but low-stakes practice pitch slam with tips on how to best position yourself and writing in a competitive market. Tanya’s worked with dozens of freelance and staff writers.

 

 

Special guest: Anna Kuchment

Hear about pitching from the perspective of an editor: what you should do and what you definitely SHOULDN’T DO when you reach out to editors. Don’t leave your beloved story idea out to dry. Drawing from personal experience with horror stories (and fairy tale stories) in tow, Anna will dish on what you can do to be the best advocate for your own story and how to navigate the sometimes confusing process (and social etiquette) of meeting an editor, pre-pitching, pitching, signing contracts, re-working, and re-working our pieces with editors. Anna is the Dallas Morning News science writer, Scientific American editor, and author of The Forgotten Cure (Copernicus Books; 2012), about phages. See some of her latest stories on Muck Rack.

 

Lee Klancher is an award-winning writer, photographer, and publisher who has contributed words and images to more than 30 books as well as dozens of national magazines including Men’s JournalDraft, and Motorcyclist. He also spent more than a decade as an editor and editorial director at the world’s largest publisher of transportation books. Lee founded the niche book publishing company, Octane Press, in 2010 which has roughly 50 titles in print but he may be best-known for his award-winning books and calendars covering farm machine technology development, including Red Tractors and Red 4WD Tractors.

 

Teresa Carr is an award-winning journalist with more than two decade’s experience reporting on science, health and consumer issues. She recently launched a monthly column for the digital science magazine Undark and writes for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Consumer ReportsNovaNextSapiens, and The Guardian. Teresa was a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and, prior to that, a senior editor at Consumer Reports. Her cover story for Consumer ReportsToo Many Meds?, was a National Magazine Awards finalist and won a Folio Award for investigative journalism.

 

Tanya Tarr is a  regular Forbes contributor and book author writing about the power of negotiation and equal pay. During the workshop, she’ll run us through positioning you and your writing best when interacting with editors. Fun and interactive pitch activity included.

 

Liz Kruesi is an award-winning science writer and editor, specializing in telling stories about everything astronomical. Her work has appeared in Discover, Quanta Magazine, Smithsonian.com, Popular Science, Astronomy, and others. She has been a freelance writer for four years, following more than seven years as an editor on staff at Astronomy. Liz has authored five books for children about astronomy, and a project with National Geographic Publishing’s Books department will release this summer. In 2013, Liz won the David N. Schramm Award for High-Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism, presented by the American Astronomical Society, for an Astronomy feature story about black holes.

 

Lunch and happy hour provided!

 

The location will be in northeast Austin (if you’ve been to one of our other two workshops, you know it) at Trash Mountain Ranch (formerly GasPedal Ranch) at: 10300 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78754.

If you want to get notifications about this workshop, please sign up for our emails, if you haven’t already.

 

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Happy Hour for SciComm

Happy Hour for SciComm

Meet and mingle with your local science communicators

Come out to OPA! Coffee and Wine Bar on South Lamar after work on to lighten up your Monday on May 6, 2019 at 6-8 pm. We’ll have science trivia and a small prize for the winner! We’ll be in the back room with lots of comfy chairs and couches in a relaxed, happy hour setting. See you then!

 

 

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

Save the date: Sunday, 5/5 at 4-5 pm on the third floor of BookPeople (use the back elevators).

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead.  This month, we’ll discuss SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by Yuval Noah. It’s #7 on Amazon Charts this week. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or order online here.

We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm. Upcoming meetings and titles (determined by book club members via ranked choice voting):

 

UPCOMING TITLES

June, 6/2: John McPhee, THE CONTROL OF NATURE

July 7/7:  Kate Moore, RADIUM GIRLS

Email atxsciwri [at] gmail dot com if you have any questions.

 

Member Meeting

Member Meeting

The next ATXSciWri member meeting will be Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm on the third floor of BookPeople.

If you’re not a member yet and want to meet other science communicators in Austin, and/or interested in helping shape ideas and events for science communicators, join us! You are welcome to sit in on a meeting before becoming an official member. Otherwise, join our vibrant, growing community today: atxsciwri.org/join

 

 

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

Austin Texas Science Writers (ATXSciWri) launched a science + nature writing book club in collaboration with BookPeople, ATXSciRead.

 

For the month of April, we’ll discuss a classic: Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or it order online through this link. Save the date: Sunday, 4/7 at 4 pm on the third floor of BookPeople (use the back elevators).We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. ATXSciRead meets the first Sunday of every month at 4 pm.

 

Upcoming meetings and titles (determined by book club members via ranked choice voting):

MAY

Sunday, 5/3 at 4pm: Yuval Noah’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Join now and help vote on the titles for June and July. We’re considering a geology title for June. Email atxsciwri [at] gmail dot com if you want to have input.