Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Are you eagerly awaiting the publication of 's first book, The Craft of Science Writing? We are too! (The book drops in February and will be available in independent bookstores, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. It's available for pre-order now.) Meanwhile, we're giving away 20 copies of the Kindle e-book! Learn how to enter.
Ankita Rao knew from reporting in India that forced sterilization is not just a thing of the past. Around the world, poor young women are pressured or tricked into operations that prevent them from having children. Doctors and government officials act from greed and paternalistic ideas about the “best” family planning strategies for marginalized... more
Helen Ouyang is an emergency physician, a writer, and an assistant professor at Columbia University. She has written for The Atlantic, Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, New York, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, and others. She was a 2018 National Magazine Award finalist.
With the advent of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, an increasing number of people are learning that they were conceived using donor sperm. In rare cases, it turns out that their biological fathers are actually the doctors who offered fertility treatments to their parents. A situation like this involving an Indiana fertility doctor piqued The... more
Writing about bodies is vulnerable, challenging work. To write about a body is to expose it. This is, of course, part of the reason we do it: to lay bare the experience, to enlist witnesses, to find connection. But this exposure is not without risks. The question of when—and whether—a writer should publish work about their own disability is as... more
Mary Annaïse Heglar writes beautiful, urgent essays about climate change—essays that acknowledge the emotional complexities of the crisis and often make clear its links to racism and colonialism. And she does it all in her spare time. Nine to five, she is the publications director at the National Resources Defense Council, where she edits and... more
WilliamSherman/iStock   As I sit down to write this, I notice that I’ve been holding my breath. It’s a subconscious symptom of a now familiar tension—a fear that this time, the words just won’t come to me, or that they’ll come so slowly that I’ll miss my deadline. If this story progresses like most pieces, I’ll follow the same pattern... more
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA research permit #15488. Right whales off the coast of Florida in 2014.   The story diagrams—or Storygrams—we present on these pages annotate stories to shed light on what makes some of the best science writing so outstanding. The Storygram series is a joint project... more
Rachel de Leon / Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting Elizabeth Shogren Elizabeth Shogren, reporting for The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal, first interviewed climate scientist Maria Caffrey in 2013. At that time, Caffrey had just started a new and timely research project for the National Park Service. She was... more
Giancarlo Liguorli/Shutterstock   Este artículo se publicó originalmente en inglés en The Open Notebook el 14 de septiembre de 2011. Este artículo fue traducido por Rodrigo Pérez Ortega.   Hace unos años, adopté a un cachorro. Lo elegí entre su camada y en las semanas que esperé a que destetara, hice una lista de más de una... more