Science writing course | Online | How to write popular science

Ready to start earning money as a science writer? Let me show you how with this online science writing course.

I’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of finding ideas for articles and pitching them to magazine and website editors.

I’ll show you how to write a killer book proposal that will help you land a literary agent and hopefully a book deal. 

The course will take you about a day to complete. It’s based around video modules broken up into short sections for you to work through at your own pace. You can rewatch them as many times as you like.

You’ll also find PDFs in between the videos – examples of successful feature pitches, book proposals that worked (and those that didn’t). Take your time to study them carefully.

Taken together, you’ll get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the science writing industry.

What’s more, unlike other science writing courses heavy on theory, there’s a strong focus on getting you paid writing work so that you can recoup the cost of the course as quickly as possible.

What previous participants have said…

“More than worth the cost ten times over.

I left with a head bursting with ideas and I am really excited to see how this develops for me.”

“Thought-provoking as well as very informative.

It’s helped me to decide which direction to head in for my next steps in science writing.”

“It’s an invaluable ‘behind the scenes’ look at how to secure writing opportunities, balancing your time against what you can earn and a window into the life of freelance work.”

Learn how to write popular science

Part 1: Magazines

What makes a good science story?

The difference between news and features

Writing killer pitches. We’ll work through examples of successful pitches that have landed me cover features in all the top science magazines 

You’ll get a PDF with ten successful feature pitches to use as templates for your own

Interview techniques to get the best responses from scientists.

Part 2: Books

Agents, royalties and book deals – how do they work?

How to write a great book proposal

Writing for children vs for adults

Ghost-writing

See four of my successful and unsuccessful book proposals (children and adults)

Part 3: Money

It’s the thing that no-one talks about, but everyone wants to know. A frank, realistic and open discussion about how much a science writer can earn. Plus top tips on ways to top up your writing income from other related sources.

Part 4: Freelance Life

Working for yourself is awesome, but it comes with a host of challenges. There’s a lot you have to think about as a freelancer, from tax and pensions to marketing and mental health. I’ve got you covered with everything you need to know.

About me

Colin Stuart - tutor for this online science writing course

I’m a multi-award-winning astronomy author and writer. My nineteen books have sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide and been translated into 21 languages. Plus I’ve written over 200 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, The Wall Street Journal and BBC Science Focus.

As well as writing a book with the astronaut Tim Peake, I won The Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction in 2020 and the Solar Physics Popular Media Award in 2022. I’ve also been runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize, Freelancer of the Year award and ABSW Best Newcomer award. I’m also lucky enough to have had the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart named after me.

 

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