Track 5.4:

Writing the popular science book: Four authors tell their stories

The ability to write engagingly about science is a dominant trait of most science journalists, especially vital for those who choose to write long form, narrative books about science. Popular science titles are frequently found on publishers’ lists and some become best sellers, either in the original language or through translation. ‘Writing the science book’ will feature four recently published authors in conversation with a moderator who has interviewed countless authors. While not everyone will have the time or talent to write a best seller, this session will be useful to journalists who think they might have an idea for a long form narrative but don't know how to go about the process. We'll talk about what it takes to create the conditions to write a book and why we need to cultivate readers as well. This is relevant information for the dissemination of science culture and communication acknowledging the ways in which good science writing educates and entertains the reader. The BBC Science Focus magazine has published a list of the '73 best science books you needed to read in 2022. Other media put out their own lists. This session could provide the foundation for a WFSJ 'best of' books list selected by members based on language, culture and readers' choice.

  • Day: March 28
  • Time: from 2:00pm to 3:15pm
  • Room: Salon Restrepo Salon 2

Moderator: Kathryn O'Hara
Speakers: Sarah Everts, Jennie Erin Smith, Engela Duvenage