Workshop: Writing well about science for popular audiences
ATTENTION! This is a 2-SESSION workshop (Tuesday & Wednesday).
Trainer: George van Hal
Writing about science for a broad audience is a combination of two difficult skills: writing well and explaining difficult topics in easy to understand ways. Writing for a general public – whether in a popular science book, press story, magazine article, or blog – is vastly different from writing for scientific publications. This course will teach you that difference.
You’ll learn to avoid the pitfalls scientists face when writing about science. You’ll learn to think from a readers’ perspective, and how to write exciting stories without sacrificing scientific truth. You’ll learn how deep you can delve conceptually while still keeping your eye on the ultimate prize: a reader’s continued interest.
We’ll take a look at best practices from the field of science writing, and look at what makes some of the best popular science writing tick. This isn’t just a course in science writing, however. We’ll also be taking a hands-on approach. You’ll write yourself, and you’ll get feedback on your ideas and your writing from the teacher and your fellow participants. (Although, given the limited time, you won’t be writing a complete article during this course).