The Loom

Science Writing: A Workshop

In January I’ll be running a workshop for science graduate students at Yale about how to write about science for non-scientists. It’s going to be the second time around for me; last year’s trial run was a wonderful experience, which confirmed to me that scientists-in-training these days want very much to be engaged in the public discussion of the stuff they do. Information about the workshop and how to register has just been posted on the Yale Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology web site (poster pdf) I’m told the slots are filling up fast, so if any readers at Yale are interested, check it out.


  1. #1 Lindsay
    October 5, 2007

    Are you doing one closer to Berkeley?? I’d be interested in that one!

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    October 5, 2007

    New Haven: so close to Boston, yet so far away.

  3. #3 AaronRowe
    October 6, 2007

    I have been trying to improve my craft at writing. Several editors that were kind enough to make some recommendations suggested that I work my way through the following books:

    The Art and Craft of Feature Writing
    On Writing Well
    Follow the Story
    Write for Story
    The Best American Science Writing

    Michael Pollan teaches an advanced science writing course at Berkeley, but it is only for the journalism studens.

  4. #4 Karen James
    October 7, 2007

    Heck, I’m not a “student” anymore (genetics PhD 2002), but I’d jump at the chance to attend a science writing workshop. Why so exclusive?

  5. #5 Carl Zimmer
    October 7, 2007

    Karen–Thanks for the enthusiastic response. The workshop is for Yale students because Yale asked me to teach one for their students. It would require more time and effort than I can spare at the moment to run a workshop on my own open to all interested parties. But I’ll post the workshop web site when it goes up and try to write a post or two to report on how the workshop went.

  6. #6 mihai andrei
    October 27, 2007

    it would be nice for somebody to do that kind of thing in universities from eastern europe 🙁

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