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Selling Stories: Finding an Audience for Your Writing

Selling Stories: Finding an Audience for Your Writing

**We have re-scheduled this workshop tentatively to May 11. We are confirming the dates with speakers.  We encourage you to attend SciComm South, an annual conference for the South Central States, on April 6!**

Tickets are $40 for non-members. Members receive an automatic additional 25% off discount (when logged in). For an early bird discount, use code “storybird” at checkout for a 20% discount until March 31.

 

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 two 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.
  • How to negotiate pay with a how-to book author and coach who will give you the top tips and tricks to position yourself and your worth best in a competitive marketplace
  • In the works: We are currently in the long process of getting the local host of a new Netflix science show for kids to appear as a star featured speaker. We will update when/if it is finalized.

 

 

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.

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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 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.

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.  In theme of the science of writing, we’ll discuss Alice Flaherty’s THE MIDNIGHT DISEASE: THE DRIVE TO WRITE, WRITER’S BLOCK, AND THE CREATIVE BRAIN. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or order online through the link. Save the date: Sunday, 3/3 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):


MARCH
Sunday, 3/3 at 4pm: Alice Flaherty’s THE MIDNIGHT DISEASE: THE DRIVE TO WRITE, WRITER’S BLOCK, AND THE CREATIVE BRAIN
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.  In theme with Valentine’s Day, in February we’ll discuss Christopher Ryan’s SEX AT DAWN: HOW WE MATE, WHY WE STRAY, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MODERN RELATIONSHIPS. Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or order online through the link. Save the date: Sunday, 2/3 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):

 

FEBRUARY

Sunday, 2/3 at 4pm: Christopher Ryan’s SEX AT DAWN: HOW WE MATE, WHY WE STRAY, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MODERN RELATIONSHIPS

 

MARCH

Sunday, 3/3 at 4pm: Alice Flaherty’s THE MIDNIGHT DISEASE: THE DRIVE TO WRITE, WRITER’S BLOCK, AND THE CREATIVE BRAIN

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 January book club, we’ll read David Quammen’s “The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life”–a book delving into the history of molecular genetics and how it’s revolutionized how we think about the tree of life. If you’re interested in horizontal gene transfer, or how–for example–roughly eight percent of the human genome is a result of viral infection, then come discuss with us!  Head to BookPeople for 10% off if you mention the club or order online through the link. Save the date: Sunday, 1/6 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):

JANUARY

Sunday, 1/6 at 4pm: David Quammen’s THE TANGLED TREE

FEBRUARY

Sunday, 2/3 at 4pm: Christopher Ryan’s SEX AT DAWN: HOW WE MATE, WHY WE STRAY, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MODERN RELATIONSHIPS

MARCH

Sunday, 3/3 at 4pm: Alice Flaherty’s THE MIDNIGHT DISEASE: THE DRIVE TO WRITE, WRITER’S BLOCK, AND THE CREATIVE BRAIN

Telling Stories: Using Narrative Techniques in Science Writing

Telling Stories: Using Narrative Techniques in Science Writing

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.

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ATXSciWri Happy Hour @Sour Duck

ATXSciWri Happy Hour @Sour Duck

Join ATXSciWri for a meet-and-greet happy hour to chat about science communication. Stop by Sour Duck Market in East Austin on Thursday November 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 and learn about plans for our December workshop, book club, field trips, and co-work hours. Become a stakeholder in your local scicomm community and help us ramp up science communication in Central Texas! More info at www.atxsciwri.org.

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