Popular science writing course | Online
Ready to start earning money as a science writer?
What previous participants have said…
I’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of finding ideas for articles and successfully pitching them to popular science magazine and website editors.
I’ll show you how to write a killer book proposal that will help you land a literary agent and a book deal.
This online course takes about seven hours to complete. It’s based around short video modules that you 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).
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.
Watch a sample module
Learn how to write popular science
Part 1: Magazines & Websites
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
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: Freelancing
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.
I’m a multi-award-winning astronomy author and writer. My twenty 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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Just the course
- Learn how to pitch news & features to websites/magazines and write book proposals
- Learn how to juggle your finances and build a network of other writers
- Make 3-5 times this amount by successfully pitching just one feature on the back of the course
+ 30 mins coaching session
- The full course
- Plus a 1-on-1 coaching session to go into more detail and work on any specific problems you are facing.
- This could include advice on a specific pitch, book proposal or project.
+ 60 mins coaching session
- The full course
- Plus an hour long 1-on-1 coaching session