Tag: science communication



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):



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.

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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!



First Official Member’s Meeting

First Official Member’s Meeting

  • Thurs., Feb. 7, 2019
  • Location: GasPedal Ranch in NE Austin (10300 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX 78754)
  • 6–8 pm; official meeting starts at 6:30 pm to better accommodate those coming from across town. We will also consider moving the meeting around town.
  • Bring an old or new science book to exchange!


Now that you’ve gotten to know us and the others around Central Texas, let make this official! ATXSciWri’s first official member’s meeting will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at GasPedal Ranch in northeast Austin. ATXSciWri members and those potentially interested in joining, or just plain curious, are welcome to join. If you’ve been thinking about and just haven’t gotten around to it, please become a member today and help turn Texas into a hub for science literacy. To the many of you that have–thank you.

This meeting will be about planning but it won’t be just a boring administrative meeting. Afterwards, we’ll exchange our most beloved or willing-to-depart-with science nonfiction books, and remind ourselves of our personal and professional goals of this year (New Year’s resolutions don’t end in January!) We’ll also be introducing, welcoming ideas and feedback, as well as opportunities to help lead for this year’s programming, including things like accountability partnering, workshop break-outs, science-brews field trips, K-12 literacy programming, and more. Been looking for something new to add to your resume this year?

If you’re interested in getting involved on the board or within a committee, this is your chance to hear about it before we have official nominations and voting.

General plan
6–6:30 meet and greet;
6:30–7:15 talk about direction and ways to get involved, including at the upcoming March workshop;
Fun activities to follow like book exchange, goal setting, and drinks

We hope to see you there!
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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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August ATXSciWri Happy Hour

August ATXSciWri Happy Hour

Join ATXSciWri for its second happy hour to chat about science communication. Stop by Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches in East Austin on Thursday August 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 and learn about plans for our fall 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.

Batch is on Manor, a block East of Airport Blvd on Austin’s East side. The cafe has craft beer and cider on tap, wine, and an espresso bar, in addition to a few hundred bottled beers in their cooler. Before 7:00, the corkage fee for those bottled beers is waived (it’s usually $2). For snacks, they have kolaches and salads. And on Thursday nights, Batch has a jazz band starting at 8:00, if you want to hang around after the ATXSciWri meet-up for live music.


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