Spring/Summer 2022 Behavioral Scientists Writing Workshops

In May and June, we organize a series of writing workshops open to everyone. The workshops will focus on behavioral science writing and communication. But as the saying goes, “writing is thinking,” so many of the lessons will generalize to any form of communication you hope to make stronger, clearer, and more incisive. Below you will find more information on the content, format and timing of the session. You can register for workshops here.

The sessions will be led by members of the Behavioral scientist editorial team, with special guest behavioral scientists and science editors sharing their expertise and wisdom. There will be three sessions in the first series and each session will last 60 minutes.

Our editorial team will arrange office hours to complement the sessions. You can reserve a time slot or show up. This is an opportunity to discuss your writing questions with a member of the Behavioral scientist editorial team.

We are delighted to announce that over 500 people from 47 countries have registered. We did two things to make sure that as many people as possible could participate. First, if you can’t make a session live, all sessions will be recorded and sent to everyone who registers. Second, we have implemented two office time slots. One is designed to reach those in Oceania and Asia in the second half of the day, Europe and Africa in the morning. The second is designed to reach those in the Americas (North, Central and South) in the morning, as well as those in Europe and Africa in the evening.

We will follow each session with a curated set of resources related to session topics and writing more generally.

There is no charge to attend the workshop. The workshop series is supported by a small grant from the Association for Psychological Science and donations from readers/participants. If you would like to make a donation to support the workshops, go here.


Schedule: Sessions and office hours

Session schedule

Appointment: Wednesdays — May 25, June 1 and June 8
Weather: 9:00 a.m. San Francisco | 12:00 p.m. New York | 5:00 p.m. London | 6:00 p.m. Berlin
Duration: 1 hour
Platform: Crowdcast

Office hours schedule

Appointment: Fridays — May 27 and June 3
Duration: 2 hour window, registering and passing
Platform: Zoom

Time 1 — Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa
5:00 p.m. Auckland | 3:00 p.m. Sydney | 11.30 a.m. Delhi | 7:00 a.m. Berlin / Johannesburg

Time 2 — The Americas (North, Central, South), Europe, Africa
9:00 a.m. San Francisco | 12:00 p.m. New York | 5:00 p.m. London | 6:00 p.m. Berlin / Johannesburg


Session 1

Clarity and cohesion with Cameron French, plus a Q&A with Leidy Klotz, author of To subtract

Date: Wednesday May 25
Weather: 9:00 a.m. San Francisco | 12:00 p.m. New York | 5:00 p.m. London | 6:00 p.m. Berlin

We want our writing to be clear and consistent. But a tip to “make your writing clearer” doesn’t help much. What does clearer mean? What makes a text coherent? In the first half of the session, Behavioral scientist Editor Cameron French will demystify these concepts and provide practical ways to identify and improve the clarity and cohesion of your writing.

During the second half of the session, Editor-in-Chief Evan Nesterak will host a Q&A with behavioral scientist and author Leidy Klotz (To subtract, 2021). They will cover Leidy’s writing process, ideas about book publishing, and how “subtraction” comes into play in his writing.

Session 2

Aligning Ideas with Selling Points led by Evan Nesterak, Plus the Art of the Pitch with Dave Nussbaum

Date: Wednesday, June 1
Weather: 9:00 a.m. San Francisco | 12:00 p.m. New York | 5:00 p.m. London | 6:00 p.m. Berlin

You have an idea for a story, now what? This session aims to help you identify and align what you hope to write with where you might publish it. In the first half, Behavioral scientist Editor-in-Chief Evan Nesterak will share a series of questions you can ask yourself before pitching or writing the article. You’ll learn how being specific about your idea and the people you’re trying to reach can take a lot of the guesswork out of the presentation and writing process.

Second, Dave Nussbaumfounder of Psychogeist Media and extraordinary pitch crafter, will share his experience helping authors pitch their pitch at different outlets, from specific science like Behavioral scientist to the general public as The New York Times and Atlantic.

Session 3

Hooks, Intros and Flows with Cameron French, plus Elizabeth Weingarten on Improving Organizational Communication

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Weather: 9:00 a.m. San Francisco | 12:00 p.m. New York | 5:00 p.m. London | 6:00 p.m. Berlin

You have an idea that is really close to your heart. How can you make a reader care too? How can you convey the interest or urgency you feel for your idea early on, before a reader decides to quit? Editor Cameron French will share practical advice on how to start a writing assignment. You’ll learn ways to improve your presentations so that readers don’t feel like you’re making them “take their medicine” but rather “tell me more.”

In the second half, Elizabeth Weingarten will share lessons from her experience communicating science in an organizational setting. What should you keep in mind when your organization writes for a popular audience? For the customers ? For donors and other stakeholders? Elizabeth, Behavioral Insights Manager at Torch, has held roles at ideas42, New America and Atlantic. She was editor-in-chief at Behavioral scientist for four years, before moving into a Senior Advisor role. In these diverse roles, Elizabeth has honed her ability to understand different audiences and craft writing that reaches them effectively.