Popular science writing course - how to get paid work as a science writer

How to be a popular science writer

Next course: 23 April 2022 (tickets at the bottom of the page)

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been asked how to get into science writing. Find out in this one day online science writing course in which I’ll share all the tips and tricks I wish I’d known when I was starting out thirteen years ago. Unlike other courses heavy on theory, there is a strong focus on practical steps to secure paid writing work. There’ll also be plenty of time for questions so you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about a career in science writing.

What’s included?


  • 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 some of the top science magazines (examples of my articles in New Scientist and BBC Science Focus)

  • Interview techniques to get the best responses from scientists

All participants will receive a PDF with 10 successful pitches to use as templates or adapt into their own pitches

Books (have a look at the books I’ve written)

  • Agents, royalties and book deals – how does it work?

  • How to write a great book proposal

  • Writing for children vs for adults

  • Ghost-writing


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.
The 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.

What previous

participants have

said about

my science

writing course...

“More than worth the cost of the course 10 times over… I left the workshop 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”

“This workshop covers a lot! 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.

Perfect for anyone interested in writing popular science – you’re guaranteed to come away with useful tips and tricks!”

Book your tickets for next the course: 23 April 2022