Applications are now open for Northwestern STEM+ PhD candidates interested in developing their science writing and communication skills. Skills & Careers in Science Writing is a free, evening course which trains graduate students to distil scientific ideas into engaging, reader-friendly stories for lay audiences and provides networking and exposure to science writing and communication professionals.
Early career researchers gain skills and confidence when sharing scientific topics with general and lay audiences through authentic writing assignments and develop a stronger understanding of narrative technique, story structure and the uses of metaphors and vivid language to convey complex topics.
Opportunities to work with professional science writers and editors also provide unparalleled exposure to science communication career pathways. The course culminates in a magazine-style article written for the general public, developed through intensive one-on-one support from both course faculty and expert guest editors. Editors in fall 2016 included Becky Lang, Editor-in-Chief at Discover Magazine.
Previous students have published articles and blogs with several science and general interest publications including Discover and Vox and report increased confidence and skills in sharing their work with a variety of audiences.More information can be found on the course information page.
The program is offered twice a year, in fall and spring. In Spring 2017, class will be on Monday evenings at 6pm and run for 10 weeks. Applications for the spring 2017 program are open through March 6.