TON visits Christie Aschwanden, award-winning writer and editor for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, O: the Oprah Magazine, Slate, and many other publications. A former professional skier, Christie lives in western Colorado.
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The TON Pitch Database
To tell a compelling story to readers, you first need to sell it to an editor. TON has compiled dozens of successful feature pitches to a wide range of publications.
If you have a successful pitch you’d like to submit for the TON pitch database (and if the resulting story has been published), please contact us.
- Pitching Errors: How Not to Pitch
- Trading the Pipette for the Pen: Transitioning from Science to Science Writing
- Carl Zimmer’s Brief Guide to Writing Explainers
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Good Beginnings: How to Write a Lede Your Editor—and Your Readers—Will Love
- Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
- Virginia Hughes Enters the Land of the Sleepyheads
- Congratulations, You’re an Editor! What Do You Do Now?
- A Day in the Life of Amanda Gefter
Ask TON: Clearing Writer’s Block
Susan Dominus Delves into the Lives and Minds of a Remarkable Pair of Conjoined Twins
Ask TON: How Many Interviews?
Ask TON: Taking Notes Discreetly
Brendan Koerner Storyboards a Hijacking Tale
Robin Marantz Henig Examines End of Life Issues
Single Best: Seth Mnookin
#$%^* This: What Else Are My Skills Good For?
Natural Habitat: Ed Yong
A Day in the Life of Brian Switek
Jennifer Kahn Asks: Can a Child Psychopath Be Saved?
Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
Ask TON: How Many Stories at Once?
Seth Mnookin Follows a Family Battling a Rare Genetic Disease
Deborah Blum Traces a Poisonous History
Weaving a Seamless Tale from Threads of Narrative and Exposition