What is science writing? Science writing disseminates news, trends, and ideas in the scientific world to the general public. It helps illuminate not only the discoveries that scientists make, but how scientists do their jobs and how the scientific process works. Science writing can cover anything from medical findings to geology or astronomy breakthroughs, and can take the form of short articles, long profiles or features, essays, online blog posts, press releases, radio stories, or television clips. Science writing appears in magazines and newspapers, on websites, and even within children’s books.
Who are science writers? Science writers have all sorts of backgrounds. Some of us were trained as scientists as then decided to pusue writing; others began as journalists and became especially interested in science. Many science writers have taken classes, attended workshops, or recieved degrees focused on the art and craft of communicating science. Whatever our backgrounds and interests, we’re all tied together by a curiosity about the world and a desire to share the amazing world of science with our readers.
What’s the Hawaii Science Writing Association? We’re a handful of science writers who call the Aloha State home. We meet to share ideas and learn from each other. We’re always on the lookout for local stories to cover and local publications to write for.