Writing Popular Science

5th March 2024 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Online

How can you write science in a way that is popular with a commercial audience?

In this evening masterclass, writer and academic Emma Chapman will delve into how to write science in a way that is accessible to, and popular with, a commercial audience. She'll share her top tips for divulging facts that will fascinate, and offer advice on structuring your research into a book that will take its readers on a journey. 

She'll discuss how to approach different types of subjects, drawing from her own experience as a researcher of both the first stars to light up our universe and gender equality.

Plus she'll talk about her own writing process, and her journey to publication.

This masterclass will be online via Teams. It will also be recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you'll be able to catch-up and access the recording for up to two weeks after the event has taken place.

Speaker profiles
Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman is a Royal Society research fellow and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, based at Imperial College London. She is among the world’s leading researchers in search of the first stars to exist in our Universe, 13 billion years ago, and she is involved in both the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) in the Netherlands and the forthcoming Square Kilometre Array (SKA) in Australia, a telescope that will eventually consist of a million antennas pointing skywards in the desert.

Emma has been the recipient of multiple commendations and prizes, the most recent of which was both the 2018 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship and STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship, two of the most prestigious science fellowships in the UK. She won the Institute of Physics Jocelyn Bell Burnell Prize in 2014, and was runner-up for the UK L’Oreal Women in Science award in 2017. In 2018 she was also the recipient of the Royal Society Athena Medal.

Emma is a respected public commentator on astrophysical matters, contributing to the Guardian, appearing on BBC radio and regularly speaking at public events. Among others, she has spoken at Cheltenham Science Festival, the Royal Institution and at New Scientist Live.

Her first popular science book, 'First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time', was published by Bloomsbury in 2022.


Booking & payment

The workshop fee of £30 (incl. VAT) is payable in full online. Please note that payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on events@writersandartists.co.uk so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.

This is a live online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided by the W&A Team a week before the event start-date. Please note, all event timings are in UK time.

To view our event refund and cancellation policy, please click here.

Accessible to All

  • It’s of real importance to Writers & Artists that our events and courses remain accessible to all.

  • Writers & Artists has made one bursary place available for this event as part of our accessibility scheme. Please visit our bursaries page to find out how to apply for bursaries to the course. 
  • Payment instalment plans are available for all W&A events, writing courses and editing services. Contact W&A Admin on events@writersandartists.co.uk so that we can find a payment schedule that works for you.
  • At the speaker's discretion, event materials will be made available to attendees after the masterclass.

  • A link to a recording of the masterclass will be circulated after the event. This will be made available to event attendees only, and for a time-limited period.

  • This event will include written text and visuals. Please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements to be sure all documents appear in a format that works for you.

  • If you’d like to attend but have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, then please email AccessWA@bloomsbury.com


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