NPA Smarkskills: Science Writing – The Craft and Career Pathways
Nov 28, 2023
3:00PM to 4:00PM
This talk will make you more aware of the variety of jobs across diverse settings for communicating science. But how does one get started? Learn how to find opportunities to do science writing during your postdoc (and get published). Find out how to be more efficient via techniques and tools, including AI language chatbots such as ChatGPT. Learn about courses, fellowships, and mentorship programs if you want to dive deeper into science communications. Attendees will leave with a list of resources and are welcome to bring questions. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the talk.
At the end of this class, you will be able to:
- describe careers and common pathways in science communications
- identify science writing opportunities (and get published)
- recognize best practices to communicate with the general public
- apply techniques and tools to improve your writing and editing
- access resources (e.g., style guidelines, professional organizations)
You will need to login to the National Postdoc Association to register (McMaster is a member institution.) Register by November 27.
About speaker Ellen Kuwana, MS, scientific writer and editor, Kuwana Consulting LLC
Kuwana has more than 25 years of experience in scientific research and communications at large research institutions. She has expertise in journal manuscripts, grant proposals, white papers, annual reports, social media, as well as marketing and communications strategy. She is active in the science writing community and is past president of the Northwest Science Writers and a member of the National Association of Science Writers. She gives talks nationally on plain language, inclusive language, editing, and science communications. She runs her own freelance business, Kuwana Consulting LLC. For more info or to connect, see her website or LinkedIn profile.