Are you a Northwestern STEM+ PhD candidate? Interested in developing science writing and communication skills? Skills & Careers in Science Writing is a free course which trains graduate students to distill scientific ideas into engaging, reader-friendly stories for lay audiences.
Early career researchers gain science communication skills and confidence 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 provide unparalleled exposure to science communication career pathways, including opportunities to network with science magazine editors and other communication professionals.
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 2017 included Becky Lang, Editor-in-Chief at Discover Magazine.
Previous students have published articles with several science and general interest publications including blogging for Discover Magazine and Vox. All course alumni report increased confidence and skills when sharing their work with a variety of audiences and 100% report applying the skills learned in class to their professional lives.
In spring 2018, class will be on the Evanston Campus, Mondays from 2-5pm (Starting 4/9). More information on the course webpage.
Applications for the spring program are open through Sunday March 4, 11:59pm CT.
This class is supported by The Graduate School of Northwestern University.