UPCOMING EVENTS

FEB 23, 2019: Contracts and Conflicts with Laura DeFrancesco, Jonathan Kirsch, and Linda Marsa

Join us for the next SoCal Science Writing event! It’s our latest workshop: Contracts & Conflicts of Interest February 23rd from 10am-2pm.

Part I: Learn the basics of contracts for freelance writers from local journalist Linda Marsa, then quiz expert publishing and IP attorney Jonathan Kirsch on everything contracts. Kirsch is the author of thirteen books including two on publishing law, a former book columnist for the L.A. Times, the current book editor of the Jewish Journal, and an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s Professional Publishing Institute.

Part II: Laura DeFrancesco is your guide to navigating financial and non-financial conflicts of interest at science publications. You’ll leave with a better sense of which assignments to take and which to decline. Laura has been an editor at Nature Biotechnology, a journal broadly focused on the intersection of technology and society, since 2003.

10:00 am – Grab some coffee and learn more about SoCal Science Writers

10:30 am – Contract Basics with Linda Marsa

10:45 am – Q&A with attorney Jonathan Kirsch

11:30 am – Break for lunch–on your own; there are plenty of options nearby

12:30 pm – Conflicts of interest for writers with Laura DeFrancesco of Nature Biotechnology

1:30 pm  – Mingle and close  

This event is free, but donations through our Member Planet page or at the event are welcome to keep SoCal Science Writers going! Even though this event is free, please RSVP HERE if you plan on attending this event.

You can also sign up as a SoCal Science Writers member here, giving you free or reduced tickets to our paid events as well as other benefits.

COMING SOON!

March 16, 2019

Save the Date for a SoCal Science Writing Guest Panel and Lunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Sign up for our free mailing list below or become a SoCal Science Writer member here to stay up to date on all the happenings!

April 5, 2019

Save the Date for Book Talk and Conversation with Christie Ashwanden, author of Good to Go. Sign up for our free mailing list below or become a SoCal Science Writer member here to stay up to date on all the happenings!

May 18-19, 2019

Save the Dates for our 2019 May Symposium! Sign up for our free mailing list below or become a SoCal Science Writer member here to stay up to date on all the happenings!

PAST EVENTS

OCT 27th, 2018: Narrative Master Class with Nicola Twilley and Brendan Borrell

Join us for another SoCal Science Writing event!

This time, we’re offering a workshop: Narrative Master Class with Nicola Twilley and Brendan Borrell October 27th, 2018 from 10AM until 2PM.

Witness two award-winning authors perform a soup to nuts autopsy of one of their long-form stories, detailing the research that went into the initial pitch, the mechanics, organization, writing, and editing. Pick their brain. Ask them what, why, and how? Bring your own pitches for discussion fodder (not required.)

The authors will also discuss their writing techniques–how to borrow techniques from fiction writing, weaving in disparate elements like factoids, mini-profiles, dialogue, and scene setting into a seamless, riveting narrative. Don’t miss it!

Schedule:

10AM Nicola / Brendan story dissection and writing technique discussion

11AM Nicola / Brendan story dissection and writing technique discussion

12PM Sandwich platter lunch (included in registration cost!!!)

1PM Attendee pitch dissection and discussion

Location: Palms/Culver City

Author bios:

Brendan Borrell is a correspondent with Outside magazine and a former fellow with the Alicia Patterson Foundation. He has written for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Bloomberg Businessweek and many other outlets.

Nicola Twilley is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker magazine and a co-host of Gastropod, an award-winning podcast about the science and history of food. She is at work on two books: one about refrigeration for Penguin Press, and the other on quarantine, co-authored with Geoff Manaugh for FSG.