The North Carolina

Science Writing Workshop

Raleigh: March 15-18, 2017

The North Carolina Science Writing Workshop is for people who want to write beautifully and clearly about science: in blogs, magazines, books, press releases, or newspapers.

Join us in Raleigh, North Carolina, where nationally known science writers and editors with decades of experience will help you hone writing, reporting, research, and story-telling skills. Whether you are just learning how to communicate science to the public, are working for a research organization, or are an experienced science writer working on a book proposal, this hands-on workshop will focus on practical, accessible techniques to make your science writing sing.

The three-and-a-half day workshop will be designed around the needs of each participant. Enrollment is limited to 25 students. More than half of your time will be in small groups with individual instructors, working on the writing and reporting skills that can help you in your communications job, with freelancing for magazines, or with expressing your science ideas more clearly, whether in a grant application or on a science blog.

When you're not in a workshop or listening to a short lecture, you'll enjoy socializing in some of the Southeast's friendliest cities. We'll be meeting in private rooms at the N.C. State University D.H. Hill Library.

We'll work hard, eat and drink well, and enjoy the company of people who are passionate about writing great science stories.


The quickly changing media landscape sometimes makes us forget what remains timeless and essential: fine writing. That's why this workshop focuses on helping you develop and hone the kind of skills that draw people in and keep them reading. We'll give you hands-on practice and individual feedback, whether you are working on short, long, newsy, or narrative science writing.

     We'll also cover other essentials:

     ∞ How to recognize great science writing

     ∞ How to find fascinating science stories

     ∞ How to research and write a great pitch or query letter       

     ∞ How to write short and fast, whether it's a tweet, a blog post,

or a news release for a university or research organization.

     ∞ How to build compelling narrative tension and arc

         into your science writing, whether it's for longer

         magazine pieces or a book proposal.

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