Everyday I write the book

In the event I haven’t sufficiently gotten up in your face about it yet, my first book is coming out in a few weeks. Looking back on the process now, I tend to remember the good things: the serendipitous meetings, the occasional exotic locale, and the generosity of so many of the people I interviewed. But of course there were plenty of annoyances of various magnitudes: canceled flights, repeated blow-offs from some people, malfunctioning digital recorders, my own susceptibility to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and hundreds of hours of transcription (of interviews, not of DNA to RNA).

While I am fairly certain that most first-time authors have to deal with all sorts of hassles and challenges, one wonders if it might be possible to learn from those writers who have already gone through this rite of passage. That possibility, and the opportunity to simply enjoy the company and conversation of three terrific writers, are two reasons to attend “Writing Science: Local Authors Discuss Their Craft”:

Join the Science Communicators of North Carolina as we probe the minds of local science writers to find out how they go about the process of writing a book.

How are ideas generated?  What does their research process entail?  How do they go about getting words down on the blank page/screen?  What is the editing process like?  Once the book is finished, what next?

Find out the answers to these questions and pose your own.

Panel includes:

T. Delene Beeland, author of the forthcoming The Secret World of Red Wolves

Scott Huler, author of On the Grid

Glenn Murphy, author of Why is Snot Green?

Moderated by Russ Campbell of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM (ET)

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park 27709

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