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Explore. Climb. Knit. The secrets of good science writing with Jo Chandler

Viki Cramer - Monday, March 12, 2018

If you want to be a great science writer, you’ve got to explore. Then you need to put a fence around it and etch out your landscape. Yes, you need character. You’ve got to nail it, you’ve got to knit it, you’ve got to kill your darlings and drown your kittens. But most of all, you’ve got to be brave enough to climb the ladder. All the time remembering that, hey, it’s not about you.

These are some of the ingredients of the special sauce that takes science writing from a Tuesday-night meal of information-sharing to a Michelin-starred story of science that is engaging, powerful and connects deeply with a reader.

I was fortunate to have been awarded the Australian Science Communicators' Peter Pockley Grant for Professional Development in Investigative Journalism in 2017. The award helped support my travel to the Melbourne offices of The Monthly to hear Walkley-award winning journalist Jo Chandler share her secrets for good science writing with a small group of aspiring science journalists, communications professionals and scientists.

You can read my full report on the workshop on the Australian Science Communicators' website.




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