Hi there! Are there any science non-fiction writers here?

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Hey, guys! I'm a fresh college graduate with an interest in writing science non-fiction. I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum since I was looking for a place to share my work and learn from other writers. It looks like the majority of writers here are in the fiction genre, which is not at all a problem since the goal of science writing is to communicate complicated science stuff to lay readers. However, I do wonder if there are any science writers lurking in these forums?
 

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:hi: Hello and :welcome: to Absolute Write, dvorak11231! :)


dvorak11231 said:
However, I do wonder if there are any science writers lurking in these forums?

Well, I'm not one of 'em, but I'll still say hi and welcome! :LOL:


BTW, considering your screen name, are you a fan of classical music? :)


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Welcome! Great to see you. As for AW, yes, it's mostly fiction folks, and non-fic in general and non-fic science especially is usually discussed in terms of current events or "wow, look at this cool thing." But non-fic does have a home here, especially to the degree we participate as such. My writing here is mostly fiction, but that's been mostly mothballed while I work on a historical non-fic project.

I'm a scientist (entomologist), getting to the part of "midcareer" where I'm starting to think about "late career" stuff. Most of my published scientific writing was in the first 15 or so years of my career, where I published many peer-reviewed journal articles, and just a handful of more general articles. I did have one "feature article" publication, and as I look toward retirement, I'd love to do something like that to stay busy once the punch-clock days are over. Currently, most of what I write is internal memos explaining science, or analyzing the impact of certain actions based on a scientific understanding, or as part of larger documents doing so on a larger scale. I've not been in the lab for 10 years now.

You mentioned you're a recent college grad. Will writing scientific non-fic be your day job? What type of coursework, etc. did you do for that? As I mentioned, I would consider doing that as a retirement occupation, but I don't know if I really have the stomach to start an MFA program or something similar once I start spelling my age with a 6. I have some ego telling me I shouldn't have to do all that and just start writing, but I know better. Those credentials are going to make it so much easier to "just start writing," especially if I'm only going to do it freelance for 10 to 15 years or so before I retire completely.
 
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I'm also a non-fiction writer, with a science background (cognitive neuroscience). I'm retired and working on whatever I please. I have some project ideas related to my science field, though I'm not actively working on them right now. In any case, welcome! Good writing is good writing, and I find lots of discussion here that is of value.
 

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I've got a background in genetics, microbiology, environmental micro. Various peer-reviewed non-fiction articles.

Writing fiction now, in retirement, but doing my darnedest to bring in the non-fiction... along the lines of my background, above. All part of the effort to help convey science to a broader audience, because we need a scientifically literate populace to get out of this mess.

Congratulations on your degree! Well done.
 

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are you a fan of classical music?
Unfortunately not. "Dvorak" is just from a lazy username I used when I was younger and it has stuck with me since. Nice meeting you, and see you around!

You mentioned you're a recent college grad. Will writing scientific non-fic be your day job? What type of coursework, etc. did you do for that? As I mentioned, I would consider doing that as a retirement occupation, but I don't know if I really have the stomach to start an MFA program or something similar once I start spelling my age with a 6. I have some ego telling me I shouldn't have to do all that and just start writing, but I know better. Those credentials are going to make it so much easier to "just start writing," especially if I'm only going to do it freelance for 10 to 15 years or so before I retire completely.
I hope I can make a career out of it, so yes. I have a physics degree, so I didn't get to do a lot of writing in my college life (I probably wrote more Greek symbols and numbers than English words). But I do have some kind of background in writing. I was a contributor on one site and did some freelance stuff here and there. Learning about physics was fun, but I didn't want to become a bench scientist, stuck in a lab every day focusing on just one very specific research. It was when someone told me that learning physics is different from doing physics that I decided to try my luck on writing instead, where I get to learn all kinds of stuff and share them, so here I am.
 

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I'm also a non-fiction writer, with a science background (cognitive neuroscience). I'm retired and working on whatever I please. I have some project ideas related to my science field, though I'm not actively working on them right now. In any case, welcome! Good writing is good writing, and I find lots of discussion here that is of value.
Hi there, I'm looking forward to reading your work. See you around!

Congratulations on your degree! Well done.
It's nice seeing science-inclined writers in this forum. Thank you!
 
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Welcome, welcome, welcome! :D

You'll love it here, I'm sure. AW is, in my opinion, the internet's premier writing place, with all the info you'll ever need on all things writing and publishing, and home to an amazing community, to boot.

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Hey, guys! I'm a fresh college graduate with an interest in writing science non-fiction. I'm glad I stumbled upon this forum since I was looking for a place to share my work and learn from other writers. It looks like the majority of writers here are in the fiction genre, which is not at all a problem since the goal of science writing is to communicate complicated science stuff to lay readers. However, I do wonder if there are any science writers lurking in these forums?
Quite a lot of us are science writers of one sort or another in our Day Jobbes, and transform into fiction writers when the moon is full. There are also members, like @Helix, who regularly write for newspapers etc.

In my experience, only a small proportion of scientists are able to communicate technical/scientific information to lay readers in a clear and engaging way. If you've got a talent for that, by all means exploit it!
 

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Count me in the nonfiction science writing group. I have a degree in agriculture with past career emphasis on range conservation and ecology. My current job is naturalist in a museum for which I write and produce a quarterly newsletter devoted to regional wildlife. Magazines and newspapers are other outlets for my work. I also write fiction, and don't even need a full moon to inspire me (good one, unimportant!).

Welcome, Dvorak, and congratulations on your shiny new degree.
 
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Thanks all for the welcoming responses! I'm really glad I found this forum, and I'm pumped to get into writing and share it with y'all.
 

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I used to write very extensive reports for the Air Force and NSA that bordered on narrative story telling. Although I am more of a fiction guy I do have some extensive government writing under my belt. Its nice to see a fellow newbie.
 
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