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Skills & Careers in Science Writing

Modified: August 23, 2017
Are you a Northwestern STEM+ PhD candidate? Interested in developing science writing and communication skills?
Skills & Careers in Science Writing is a free, evening course which trains graduate students to distill scientific ideas into engaging, reader-friendly stories for lay audiences.
  • gain science communication skills and confidence through authentic writing assignments
  • develop a stronger understanding of narrative technique, story structure and the uses of metaphors and vivid language to convey complex topics
  • network and gain exposure to science writing and communication professionals
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.
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 spring 2017 included Becky Lang, Editor-in-Chief at Discover Magazine. Course alumni have published articles with science and general interest publications including Discover and Vox.
In fall 2017, class will be on Monday evenings at 6pm and run for 9 weeks (9/25-Thanksgiving).  The course is team-taught by Science in Society and faculty from Medill School of Journalism.
Find out more on course information page on the SiS website.
Applications for the fall program are open through September 4. Access the application here.
If you have any questions, contact course instructor and HELIX editor, Sara Grady for more information, sara.grady@northwestern.edu  
Professional Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Training Grant Director