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Get involved with ScienceWriters2020

October 9-13, Boulder Colorado

We're mixing it up this year! By popular request, NASW's professional development sessions and CASW's New Horizons in Science Briefings will be offered in parallel in all breakout timeslots Saturday-Monday, Oct. 10, 11, and 12.  We need your help creating great craft-focused sessions.

It's time to get creative, collaborate with colleagues if you like, and submit your NASW workshop/session proposal by March 1.

Each year, the NASW Programs Committee works hard to develop a slate of professional development sessions that reflects the broad and varied interests of our membership. The committee is, however, limited to the  proposals that are submitted by NASW members. The chosen sessions, which are part of the annual ScienceWriters meeting, directly reflect the depth, breadth, and quality of proposals received.

We rely on your efforts to ensure a diversity of topics so that all members—educators, journalists, public information officers, staffers, freelancers, students, writers, editors, broadcasters, podcasters, early career, late career, new members, and veterans—can find something to fit their needs. Workshops can be targeted at a specific experience level (e.g., a master class or a workshop for beginners); a specific job role (e.g., investigative journalists, multimedia producers, institutional writers, or freelance editors); a specific type of writing or practice area (e.g., narratives, infographics, news writing, or profiles); or they can be creatively designed in such a way as to be more broadly applicable to the larger mission and shared interests of all NASW members. 

We encourage applicants to consider different workshop formats, including both the tried-and true panel discussion and more nontraditional formats. (For an idea of previous workshop offerings, visit the archived program at ScienceWriters2019.org and ScienceWriters2018.org.)

In addition to encouraging diversity in topics, the Programs Committee seeks a wide range of voices on the program at ScienceWriters2020. While we realize that applicants may not be able to confirm panelists before a proposal has been accepted, proposals should demonstrate that thought has been given toward identifying potential speakers, with the following guidelines in mind to support a diverse and inclusive conference:

  • As a general rule, speakers should appear in only one session.
  • We strongly encourage proposals that include speakers who have not participated in recent sessions.
  • We aim to create a program whose participants are diverse in multiple facets. Sessions need not be panels. Any proposed panels should include speakers from underrepresented groups and showcase diversity in job roles (both within and outside the field of science writing) and geographic location (both within and outside the U.S.). Any proposed session with a panel that lacks in diversity will not be scored highly.

Limited funding is available for speaker travel to attract those who would not normally attend or in cases where there is financial need.

Organizing a workshop can be a fun and valuable experience that connects you with science writers and experts in other fields. You don't need to be an expert yourself. Consider volunteering your time today to make an idea reality. Organizers and speakers receive complimentary registration to the meeting.
Proposals are due March 1. Successful proposals will be notified by mid-April. Details of the session and confirmed speaker list will be due by June 1.
Questions? Email workshops@nasw.org.
You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, but please note that you should not be submitting the same proposal as both a workshop and an S+SW session. Submit a S+SW session or learn more here.

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