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  • Who can attend?

    Registration for the NASW annual workshops portion of the ScienceWriters meeting is open to members and a limited number of non-members. Registration for the New Horizons portion of the meeting is open to science writers and science-writing students.

  • What does it cost?

    Attendance at ScienceWriters is subsidized to keep your costs low.

    NASW Workshops fees

    Registration opens on August 1.
    Attendance at the workshops is heavily subsidized by NASW and includes the Saturday evening Awards Reception. Thank you for attending!

    Member rate
    $185 until August 31 Get your earlybird discount!
    $210 September 1 thru close of registration on October 1.
    Student member rate
    $75 thru close of registration on October 1.
    Non-member rate (non-refundable)
    $425 thru close of registration on October 1.

    CASW’s New Horizons in Science Briefings

    New Horizons events are hosted by George Washington University and supported by additional sponsors recruited by GW.
    Free!

    Accommodations

    ScienceWriters2018 will be held at the Marvin Center on George Washington University's campus in Washington, DC.

    Book early and save

    A block of discounted rooms is now available at the Washington Marriott Georgetown ($239 + applicable tax per night). To receive this discount, call 877-212-5752 and mention "ScienceWriters2018." You can also book online using this link. Attendees are encouraged to book early to secure their accommodations, as inventory at this rate is limited.

    Washington Marriott Georgetown
    1221 22nd Street NW
    Washington, DC 20037

    Optional field trips and pre-conference sessions

    All field trips will be free this year, but advance registration is required. Pre-conference workshops have a small fee. For details, view the "Hosted events and tours" tab on the Schedule page.

  • How can I apply for a Travel Fellowship?

    Successful applicants will be notified by September 9 unless otherwise noted.

    CASW New Horizons Travel Fellowship

    Eligibility: The fellowships are intended primarily for journalists from smaller metropolitan print and broadcast news outlets, select freelancers and webcasters with a demonstrated interest in science writing.

    Description: The fellowships offer up to $1,200 to cover the costs of attending ScienceWriters2018, and in particular the New Horizons in Science briefings organized by CASW on Sunday and Monday.

    To apply: Applications are taken online at casw.submittable.com/submit. Submit 1) a brief (no more than 500-word) expression of interest; 2) a resume; 3) no more than 3 clips or broadcast transcripts on any topic; and 4) a nominating letter from a senior editor, news director or producer. Additional details are at www.casw.org/new-horizons/travel-fellowships.

    Application deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    NASW Travel Fellowship

    Eligibility: Open to any science writer, editor, publication information officer, or journalism instructor with a financial need.

    Description: Provides up to $1000 to cover the costs of attending the ScienceWriters meeting . These fellowships are supported by the Authors Coalition of America funds. Note: Before receiving reimbursement, fellows must submit a short report of one or more aspects of the workshops, suitable for publication on the NASW Web site and potentially in ScienceWriters. Assignments will be made prior to the meeting and must be filed within 48 hours after the assigned session. More information will be available after grants are awarded.
    To apply: Visit nasw.submittable.com/submit to apply. You will upload a short statement of interest and a copy of your CV.

    Application deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    NASW Graduate Travel Fellowship

    Eligibility: Open to current students enrolled in a science writing program.

    Description: Provides up to $1000 to cover the costs of attending the ScienceWriters meeting. These fellowships are supported by the Authors Coalition of America funds. Note: Before receiving reimbursement, fellows must submit a short report of one or more aspects of the workshops, suitable for publication on the NASW Web site and potentially in ScienceWriters. Assignments, which may include live tweeting or other coverage of a session, will be made prior to the meeting and must be filed within 48 hours after the assigned session. More information will be available after grants are awarded.
    To apply: Visit nasw.submittable.com/submit to apply. You will upload a short statement of interest and a copy of your CV.

    Application deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

  • How do I register?

    All registration is handled securely online. We apologize that mail or phone in registrations are not accepted. Registration begins August 1 and closes on October 1. In order that we may keep our costs low by ensuring an accurate count, NO late or on-site registrations are accepted. Register here beginning August 1.

  • Do you accept late registrations?

    In order that we may keep our costs low by ensuring an accurate count, NO late or on-site registrations can be accepted. Registration begins August 1 and closes on October 1. Please avoid disappointment (and save $!) by registering early.

  • How is the content chosen?

    The NASW professional development workshops are chosen by a committee of members from proposals submitted by members in March of each year and organized by volunteers. The scientific sessions for the New Horizons in Science Briefings are chosen solely by program director Rosalind Reid. The program draws speakers from around the country, including a portion from the host institution.

  • Which meals are included?

    Registration for the NASW workshops on Saturday includes a light continental breakfast and coffee breaks. Saturday lunch will be on your own during a 2-hour lunch break. The campus is replete with food options in all prices ranges. Check out food options on and near campus with this eatery map.

    Breakfast and lunch is provided on Sunday.

    Breakfast is provided on Monday.

    Evening receptions usually have ample appetizers, but not necessarily a full, plated dinner.


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