Submit a Session Proposal

Submit a Session Proposal

NASW members can directly craft content in two ways:

  1. Submit a NASW workshop/session proposal by March 1.

Each year, the NASW Programs Committee works hard to develop a slate of professional development sessions that reflects the broad and varied interests of our membership. The committee is, however, limited to the proposals that are submitted by NASW members. The chosen sessions, which are part of the annual ScienceWriters meeting, directly reflect the depth, breadth, and quality of proposals received.

We need your help to ensure a diversity of topics so that all members—educators, journalists, public information officers, staffers, freelancers, students, writers, editors, broadcasters, podcasters, early career, late career, new members, and veterans—can find something to fit their needs. Workshops can be targeted at a specific experience level (e.g., a master class or a workshop for beginners); a specific job role (e.g., investigative journalists, multimedia producers, institutional writers, or freelance editors); a specific type of writing or practice area (e.g., narratives, infographics, news writing, or profiles); or they can be creatively designed in such a way as to be more broadly applicable to the larger mission and shared interests of all NASW members. We encourage applicants to consider different workshop formats, including both the tried-and true panel discussion and more nontraditional formats. (For an idea of previous workshop offerings, visit the archived program at, as well as the archived program from the recent World Conference of Science Writers.)

Organizing a workshop can be a fun and valuable experience that connects you with science writers and experts in other fields. You don't need to be an expert yourself. Consider volunteering your time today to make an idea reality. Organizers and speakers receive complimentary registration to the meeting.

NASW Proposals are due March 1.

Read the details and submit your NASW proposal online here

Successful proposals will be notified by April 15. Details of the session and confirmed speaker list will be due by June 1.

  1. Submit a proposal for a “Science + Science Writing” session to CASW by March 1.
    NASW members are invited to propose a special session that draws on a current science topic as a case study for discussion of challenges or issues in covering science. "S+SW" sessions are intended to elucidate issues facing science writers covering particular areas of science. They also are intended to provide opportunities for open conversation between scientists and writers. Up to three selected sessions will be interwoven with the New Horizons in Science presentations that take place on Sunday and Monday.

The session format can vary; Q&A, diverging opinions and audience engagement are encouraged to stimulate dialogue. Timeslots will be no longer than one hour.
Ideally, your session will take advantage of a hot current topic in science as a case study, creating synergy with the CASW science presentations. The proposal should explain why this case study has broader interest and importance for science writers covering other fields.

Proposals are due March 1.

Read more details and submit your S+SW proposal online here.

A joint NASW-CASW panel will review these proposals and notify you of a decision by May 15.

You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, but please note that you should not be submitting the same proposal as both a workshop and an S+SW session.

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