Most SciLancers spend their days asking questions, but on May 3 we’ll be fielding them.
At San Francisco’s casual lecture series, Ask-a-Scientist, SciLancers will share personal stories from the trenches of science writing — tales of frustration, victory, danger, and more. Thomas Hayden (bio), Robin Mejia (bio), Monya Baker (bio), Douglas Fox (bio), and Liza Gross (bio) will offer tips, insights and experiences.
We’ll describe how a conversation with a five-year-old clinched an essay about condors in Pinnacles National Park and how to use reporting trips to reach unexpected places. We will reveal the wooly world of reader reactions to science writing, with choice examples from the far end of the civility spectrum. We’ll explore how people who hate working from home can make freelancing work, and how to keep cool and sharp, even if you’re living in close quarters with your scientist sources.
Whether you’re a seasoned science writer, greenhorn, dabbler, or just someone who likes to hear interesting stories, we hope you’ll join us in San Francisco’s Richmond District.
Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St. (21st Ave), San Francisco.
The event is free. Drinks and eats will be on sale, as will brand new copies of The Science Writers’ Handbook: How to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age.
Image credit: Jon Winters on Flickr.