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Telling Stories: Using Narrative Techniques in Science Writing

December 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

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Austin Texas Science Writers’ upcoming workshop focuses on the craft of narrative science writing, a form of creative nonfiction. In this all-day event, we will discuss what makes a good piece of writing, how to build a narrative arc, and how to craft a story to engage readers, beyond cut-and-dried facts. The workshop will open with a plenary speaker: seasoned journalist Kate Winkler Dawson whopreviously published “Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City” and just finished a book on the history of forensic sciencewill share the coveted knowledge of how to bring narrative writing techniques to complex topics, gleaning from her extensive portfolio of illustrative writing.

Break-out sessions will explore differences and narrative techniques that can be employed in different styles of science writing, including breaking news stories, longform essays, and narrative features.

Techniques learned at the workshop can be applied to all science communication and media; opportunities to engage audiences with narrative non-fiction science stories are boundless. Discussion results will be disseminated to the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) for use nationwide. Funding for the workshop was provided by a NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant.


REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Early bird discount is 20%, so tickets are $32 for non-members and $24 for members. Members receive a discount for year-round events. For this workshop, members will receive a discount of 25%. Non-member price for the workshop is $40, but $30 for Practicing Professional, Associate, and Student Members without the early bird discount. Sign-up to become a member (atxsciwri.org/join) before registering for the discount. After your membership is approved, the discount will be automatically applied to your shopping cart.




Kate Dawson is the plenary speaker at Austin Texas Science Writers' (ATXSciWri) narrative techniques in science writing workshop

Kate Winkler Dawson [katewinklerdawson.com] is a seasoned documentary producer, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, WCBS News and ABC News Radio, Fox News Channel, United Press International, PBS “NewsHour,” and “Nightline.” She is a junior fellow with the British Studies program and teaches journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. Dawson is also on the board of directors for the Texas Center for Actual Innocence, a nonprofit organization that investigates claims of wrongful convictions in the state of Texas.


December 1, 2018

9:30am – 4:00pm

Refreshments and lunch provided.

@ GasPedal Ranch

10300 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78754


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December 1, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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10300 Springdale Rd.
Austin, TX 78754 United States
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