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Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” greeted receptive attendees of David Dobbs’ Saturday afternoon workshop “Going Long: How to Structure the Longform Narrative – with Help From Music, Theater, and Film.” Dobbs played portions of the track, an example of the rock pioneers’ exploration of song structure, to kick off a fascinating talk and discussion about the use of form and structure in longform narrative stories.

When Siri Carpenter opened the Pitch Slam session, just two writers had signed up to pitch. But an hour and a half later, nearly a dozen ideas had been put to the panel of seven editors. Not a single assignment was made, but both the pitchers and many others in the room likely walked out with insight about how these editors think and some specific suggestions for selling an idea.

Science Writers 2011 kicked off Saturday morning with a business meeting (coffee and carbs were provided). Before committee members shared the exciting things going on, including various opportunities for money, Ron Winslow of the Finance Committee assured members “we are solvent.”

“How Science Writing Saved My Life,” was one of the highlights of the ScienceWriters 2011 opening session, which followed the high-energy format of an Ignite event. In rapid succession, ten presenters had exactly five minutes each to speak on a topic of their choice. Each presenter used twenty slides, which were set to auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Archived video. You're invited: On Monday Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C) will host a panel of journalists and invited administration officials to critique what journalists and the government are (or aren’t) doing to for transparency. Or watch the webcast. NASW and its members assisted in data collection for the CJR investigation.