Past events

We organize several events per year

Success stories in science blogging

What makes a good blog post, and what sorts of content make readers click? Alan Boyle and Mary Guiden shared their success stories with NSWA members and guests at our monthly meeting on Sept. 10 at University House. Alan Boyle ( @b0yle ), science editor at NBC News...

NSWA Summer Party

As many of you know, we like to take a bit of a summer break from meetings. This year we decided to go into summer with a bang. We are had a no-host (that means you have to pony up the cash for food and drinks) party at Naked City Brewery on June...

Big data: Delving deeper into the latest scientific buzzword

Has “big data” always existed, or has something changed in recent years to bring this catchphrase to the surface? What research is being conducted using big data, what repositories are available or being built, and what stories should science writers...

ScienceOnline 2014 Recap: Burnout, Underserved Audiences and more…

Registration for the annual ScienceOnline “unconference” fills up within minutes and North Carolina is such a schlep from the Pacific NW. At our monthly meeting on March 12 at University House, NSWA members and guests heard highlights from NSWAians who...

Communicating with Younger Audiences

Are poop jokes over-used? Does the word “DNA” need to be defined? Is particle physics just too hard to explain? These are the kinds of questions that come up when writing about science for kids. Panelists Emily Krieger, Beth Geiger, Eric Chudler and David...

2014 NSWA Holiday Party

A hundred NSWA members, guests and friends met Jan. 9 at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle to eat, drink and get creative with our science-themed photobooth. Networking ensued. Catching up with old friends flourished. And mentoring abounded as those...

Ocean Acidification and the Media

Eric Swenson, communications and outreach director for the Global Ocean Health Program, discussed media coverage of ocean acidification with NSWA members and guests on Dec. 11 at University House. The program opened with a short scientific explanation of...

The Science of Scientific Fraud: What Writers Need to Know

Ferric Fang, MD, discussed how fraudulent research gets into prestigious journals at our monthly event on Sept. 11 at University House. Dr. Fang, a UW microbiologist, shared data on research misconduct and let science writers know what precautions to take. Fang is at...

Self-Publishing for Science Writers

Thom Kephart with Amazon’s self-publishing arms CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing provided an overview of the publishing market, how science writers can utilize self-publishing, and a review of the software tools to make your work available to millions of...

Anatomy of a Story: Cancer’s New Battleground

Joanne Silberner recently put together a five-part series on cancer for Public Radio International. How did she do it? NSWA members and guests had a chance to hear Silberner address the making, funding, selling and editing of Cancer’s New Battleground-The...

Social Media for Science Communicators

Dana Lewis ( @danamlewis ) and Liz Neeley ( @LizNeeley ) shared their expertise on social media with NSWA members and guests at our monthly event on March 13 at University House.

Book Proposals: Insights from a Writer, an Agent and a Publisher

For many, one of the most daunting aspects of writing a book is the book proposal. How do you get started? Do I need an agent? What goes in a proposal? These questions and more were answered by a distinguished panel of experts on Feb. 13 at University House. Author...

Members chat with Nathanael Johnson, author of All Natural

Between climate change, killer germs, and rampant obesity, it’s no wonder we feel out of sync with the global ecosystem. But how do we re-sync? Nathanael Johnson, author of “All Natural,” says this ecological anxiety has pushed us into two disparate coping...

Members raised a glass for science at 2013 NSWA party

Science writers met Jan. 10 at the Institute for Systems Biology to raise a glass for science. Members and guests had conversations with other science communicators on topics ranging from blogging to getting advances on books. David Williams, 2013 NSWA president,...

NSWA members discover Discovery Park on Aug. 25

NSWA members explored Seattle’s largest city park on a guided walk from Magnolia Bluff down to Puget Sound. This hike on Aug. 25 covered a three-mile loop that passed through a variety of habitats including meadow, forest, and beach. The tour group had a great time...

Stories in Stone: A Walking Tour Aug. 8 downtown

Most people do not think of looking for geology from the sidewalks of Seattle, but for the intrepid geologist any good rock can tell a fascinating story.  All one has to do is look at building stone in downtown Seattle to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled...

Writing for Video event March 31 at the UW

How does your role as a science writer change, given the demands of video scripting and video production? Listen to a panel from a March 26 NSWA event discuss writing video.

ScienceOnline2012 recap Feb. 7 at the UW

Miss ScienceOnline 2012 but wish you had been there? Listen to a recording of a Feb. 7 recap of “scio12” from five Seattle science communicators who attended the meeting.