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For recaps of ScienceWriters annual conferences, visit the Event coverage for reports on selected sessions.


Sunday, October 18, 2020 to Friday, October 23, 2020

Following a series of thoughtful, forward-thinking conversations among the meeting hosts and partners, we have together decided that it is unwise to continue with a plan for a large, in-person October gathering, given the unknown and potentially high level of risk for individuals.

ScienceWriters2020 will be held virtually in October, with a core program the week of Oct. 19-23 as well as other events throughout the month.

Register by October 1 at

COVID-19 Science & Coverage: A virtual tour of UW Medicine’s Virology Lab

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Seattle’s UW Medicine Virology Lab has been at the forefront of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic since its beginnings in the U.S. The lab developed its own test for COVID-19, assessed potential therapeutics such as hydroxychloroquine, and is now beginning a project to test 7,000 people repeatedly for the virus and antibodies. This tour will provide a rare inside look at a lab that's typically off limits to visitors due to biohazard concerns.

COVID-19 Science & Coverage: The pandemic’s impacts on families, kids, and college students

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The pandemic has had a profound impact on families. Parents are struggling to keep their families healthy while also ensuring that their kids can continue to develop mentally, emotionally, and physically. Children and young adults are facing increasing rates of mental illness, including rising anxiety and depression. The University of Colorado Boulder, CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital team up to discuss these impacts.

COVID-19 Science & Coverage: Reporting on the Pandemic

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has been the science story of the year. Science writers have grappled with reporting on a story that progressed rapidly and continues to wield a ton of uncertainty. With insight from experienced science journalists and those covering the pandemic, this session will offer science writers and the public an opportunity for mutual understanding, especially as frustration over - and dangers from - misinformation grow.

COVID-19 Science & Coverage: The politics of the pandemic

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Science and science journalism are never just about what happens in a laboratory, and the COVID-19 pandemic has tangled the worlds of science and politics into some particularly spectacular knots. A journalist, a health advocate, and a scientist share views from the front lines of a political pandemic.

#SciWriLive: Preprints in the time of COVID-19

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Watch a video of this past event on YouTube.

In the race to learn as much as we can about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus that causes it, preprints have become many scientists’ #1 tool for releasing new findings to their peers and the public. For science communicators and reporters, that can pose unique challenges in a time when accuracy is more important than ever.

Economic Struggles Support Group

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Are you applying for PPP or other economic relief? Join us for #SciWriCoffee to exchange experiences, tips,or just have a sympathetic ear from other NASW members navigating the bureaucracy.

Writing through: Focusing in short bursts

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The National Press Club Journalism Institute and NASW are partnering for a program that will offer tips for creating a writer-friendly physical space, finding your focus, and developing new tools to write in short bursts.