The Secrets of Science Writing

Bianca Nogrady

Saturday 24 November 2018, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $195
Member: $135
Conc Member: $120

Whether it’s delving into the origins of the universe, exploring what happens when our cellular machinery throws a cog or riding shotgun as conservationists fight to save a threatened wilderness, science writing can take you to wondrous, fantastical and eye-opening worlds, and introduce you to an inspiring cast of characters who devote their lives to the question of ‘why?’

As science and scientific discoveries become so much more a part of our everyday lives and decision making, the public appetite for informative, entertaining and intelligent science writing grows. Science writing is no longer confined to specialist magazines and websites but can be found through the mainstream media.

The course will equip you with the tools to find good science stories and the scientists who inhabit them; to understand the basic principles of science writing including background research and how to read a scientific paper; the key elements of news and feature writing; and how to breathe colour and life into your subject matter. We’ll also touch on interviewing and pitching to editors.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will learn how to find and develop a story idea into a news or feature article.
  2. Participants will understand how to interpret and report on scientific research.
  3. Participants will come away knowing how to bring colour and life to their subject matter.

Participant Requirements

Before the course, think about some ideas for science stories you would like to write.

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