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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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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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