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Selling your Science Story, with Dr Amy-Jane Beer

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Why? How? What if? The stream of questions asked by a child is evidence that we are all natural born scientists. There’s nothing more human than curiosity about the universe, so your science story should be an easy sell, right?

If only. Don’t forget the Gap.

The Gap is invisible, but you know it’s there when eyes glaze over, when friends stop asking what you’re working on, when the only people you share your science with are other scientists, and when mainstream editors don’t even respond. The Gap is a problem, because society won’t value what it doesn’t understand. All too often science is mistrusted, misunderstood, or simply ignored.

Good science writing is all about bridging the Gap, or better still, making it disappear, so that a great science story becomes simply a great story. It is perfectly possible to be both scientist and storyteller. But because at some point in our teens, most of us find ourselves at a crossroads with Science signposted one way and Art the other, many young scientists miss opportunities to develop the creative and communication skills that their discipline so badly needs. Fortunately it’s never too late.

So scientists, bring your passion, your precision, and a pencil... let’s make your science sing!

Dr Amy-Jane Beer is a biologist, writer and editor specialising in natural history and science. She specialises in making complex ideas accessible and appealing for a wide range of readerships, writing reference books and feature articles. She keeps her scientific credentials up to date by editing scientific papers, and flexes her creative muscle in fiction and nature writing. Her most recent book, Cool Nature, is published by Pavilion.

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