Science writing basics: Find your story and hone your pitch
A virtual workshop with Dr. Czerne Reid
Participants will do initial research to identify a story idea and write a 500-word pitch intended for Science Says or another outlet. Please come prepared with a draft of your pitch, even if it's rough. See resources below for help in crafting your pitch.
A small number of volunteers will present their pitches in front of the group, and get feedback from Dr. Reid and other attendees. The comments and suggestions will be for the benefit of the whole group, not just those who present their pitches. Immediately afterward, participants will go in small groups into breakout rooms and listen to and offer peer review of each other’s pitches.
There will be a Q&A session at the end with Dr. Reid. Ask her about her journey from science to science writing, about the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) for which she co-chairs the Education Committee, career options in science writing, etc.
Consult the resources below for help with finding stories, narrowing a topic down to a story idea, and dos-and-donts for writing a pitch:
- The Open Notebook pitch database – Examples of successful pitches, and links to the published stories that resulted
- Pitch, Publish, Prosper: Online Resources for The Science Writers’ Handbook, nasw.org
- [ACCESS COMING SOON] Part 2, The Craft of Science Writing: Selections from The Open Notebook
- [ACCESS COMING SOON] Chapter 2: Finding Ideas, and Chapter 3: Making the pitch; The Science Writers' Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age