cSw Training for Writers

With guidance and support of a cSw Communications Mentor (Comms Mentor), each staff writer will research, write and submit one (1) story about a scientist (Science Star) and some aspect of his/her current bioscience research.
This course is divided into six modules:

  1. Make the Most of Your Communications Mentor
  2. Finding & Interviewing Your Science Star
  3. Focus on Formats
  4. Start Your Story Right
  5. Word Power
  6. Make Your Writing Shine

Writers must complete the entire course before writing their story.


Make the Most of Your Communications Mentor

Welcome to cSw training module #1: Make the Most of Your Communications Mentor The cSw Communications Mentor (Comms Mentor) plays a unique role in guiding student writers through the story development process. Experienced professionals, cSw Comms Mentors are available at very stage to assist writers as they strive to produce clear and compelling science stories that will engage general readers. Lesson 1- What's a mentor? Lesson 2- What does a cSw Comms Mentor do? Lesson 3- What’s your role in this mentoring relationship?


Finding and Interviewing Your Science Star

Once you have selected your topic, start finding out as much as you can about the science “behind the headlines.” Identify a “Science Star” – a researcher who is involved in the work you plan to write about – and ask for an interview. Consider this Science Star as your expert source. Lesson 1- Finding Your Science Star Lesson 2- Preparing for an Interview Lesson 3- Preparing Great Questions Lesson 4- Conducting an Interview Lesson 5- 9 Interview Tips Lesson 6- After the Interview