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Whether you’re an eager novice or an established science communicator, there’s something for you at SciCommCamp. Registration includes participation in two of the following 75-minute workshops:

Pitching an editor can be a daunting task, especially for early career freelancers. How do you know if you have a story worth pitching in the first place? What’s the best way to reach out to an editor you don’t know? How much reporting do you have to do before writing the pitch, and how can you ensure that you’ll catch an editor’s eye? There are a few questions every solid pitch answers, and you don’t want to miss those points!

Find answers to all these questions and more – and get some hands-on practice writing a pitch – at this workshop, taught by veteran freelance journalist Kate Gammon.

Writing for the camera requires a completely different set of skills than writing for magazines or newspapers. Not only do you have to explain nuanced, sometimes complicated subjects in an accessible way, but it also has to be entertaining. Sometimes you’re even writing for someone else’s voice.

Workshop presenter Teagan Wall will share the secrets of science scriptwriting she’s learned writing for everything from TV sitcoms (Young Sheldon) and Netflix science talk/variety shows (Bill Nye Saves the World) to YouTube (PBS Digital Studios’ Braincraft). You’ll also get a chance to work on a science script of your own!

Whether you’re a scientist or science communicator, journalist or podcaster, television presenter or YouTuber, at some point you will inevitably find yourself on one side of a microphone or another. As an interviewer, how can you be sure to get the best material you can from your sources? As the interviewee, how can you be sure to get all your talking points across, while gracefully avoiding topics you’d rather not discuss?

In this workshop, veteran public radio reporter and podcast producer Sanden Totten will help you brush up on your interview skills while offering real-time feedback as workshop participants mock-interview each other.

Illustration is a powerful tool that can improve the impact of your science communication. Have you ever thought about enhancing your work with some DIY art elements? What about hiring a designer to bring it to the next level?

In this workshop, graphic designer and author Rachel Ignotofsky will guide you through a personal illustration exercise while offering pro tips on how to communicate with art professionals to get the science right – and get the biggest bang for your buck.

SciCommCamp offers two optional intensive 2-3 hour pre-camp workshops, which you can enroll in for an additional fee:

You’ve got a great idea for a book. Now what?

The non-fiction publishing world can be a little intimidating. Luckily, author Adam Becker is here to break it down for you. When do you know that your idea is right for a book-length treatment? What goes into a proposal? What should you look for in an agent, and how do you find one? And then, assuming all goes according to plan, how do you actually write the thing? Learn the ins and outs of book writing in this intensive workshop, which will include an opportunity for hands-on writing and feedback.

In today’s culture of social media marketing, creating your own personal brand (or one for your business) has become a necessity. In fact, there are entire industries dedicated to helping you present yourself in the best possible light for improved views, clicks, listens, purchases, or impressions. But branding is a skill you can learn yourself—especially with a little help from a pro.

In this workshop, digital marketing expert and author Morra Aarons-Mele will guide you through the process of building your brand and making social media work for you. Learn tricks of the trade so you can bring your science communication to new audiences in larger numbers than ever before!

Poster Session

Present your research! Spread the word about your science while getting feedback on the presentation itself.

For the first time, SciCommCamp is pleased to offer participants a chance to share their work! No matter what the topic – maybe you study avian physiology, or neurochemistry, or even the science of science communication – we want to learn about it.

While enjoying the opening reception on Friday afternoon (complete with hors d’oeuvres and wine), SciCommCampers will have the opportunity to tell each other about their research, while the SciCommCamp faculty provides informal feedback on the presentation itself.

From the poster design to your “elevator pitch,” this is a chance to practice some of the most common methods that scientists have to communicate about their work!

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