The North Carolina

Science Writing Workshop

Daily Schedule

(subject to change)


9 a.m. Coffee, gathering

9:30 a.m. Welcome and brief introductions

10:30 a.m. Opening panel: What Is Great Science Writing?

11:30 a.m. Break

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Creating first groups/meeting each other

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Box lunch at library

1:30 to 3:30 Break into small groups with core instructors for exercises in finding science stories/understanding news values

3:30 to 3:45 Break

3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Robin Lloyd on

pitching science stories

5:30: Meet for carpooling to Durham

6 p.m. Drinks/dinner at Cat Warren's home in Durham (25 miles away—car pooling)


9 a.m. Coffee, gathering

9:30 to 10:30: Kevin Begos on writing short, fast, and under pressure

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 to 12 p.m. Panel discussion on conflicts of interest, ethics, and writing challenges

12 to 1:15 Lunch on your own

Thursday, continued

1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Break into small groups for writing exercises and honing pitches.

3:15 to 3:30 Break

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Cat Warren on developing longer pieces, and creating character and plot

4:30 to 4:45 Break

4:45 to 5:30 Panel discussion:Science reporting in a contentious world

5:30 Dinner on your own in small groups


9 a.m. Coffee and gathering

9:30 to 10:30: Effective writing for science research organizations: Karl Bates, Duke University Director of Research Communications, and Matt Shipman, Research Communications Lead, NC State Communications

10:30 to 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 to 11:45: Kevin Begos on narrative and investigative science journalism

12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Combination lunch

and small group meetings

2:15 to 6:00 p.m. Instructors meet with individual students

Dinner on your own

Saturday morning

9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Waffle House

10:00 a.m.  Tour of J.C. Raulston Arboretum

Background: Isaac Newton manuscript