English CNSR. Narrative Science Journalism: Workshop

Instructor: Michael Pollan
Wednesday, 3:00-5:45 pm | Location: Emerson 307
Enrollment: Limited to 12 students
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The arc of this workshop will trace the process of researching and writing a single long piece of science journalism: finding and pitching story ideas; reporting in depth and at length; outlining and structuring your story; choosing a narrative voice and strategy, crafting leads and “overtures,” and making connections between your story and its larger contexts.  As a group, we’ll also work as editors on one another’s ideas and pieces. And since reading good prose is the best way to learn to write it, we’ll be closely reading an exemplary piece of narrative science journalism each week. Students will be expected to complete a draft and revision of a substantial piece by the end of the term. 

Supplemental Application Information: To apply, submit a brief sample of your non-academic writing along with a letter explaining your reasons for wanting to take this course and describing your science experience, if any.

Apply via Submittable (deadline: 11:59pm EDT on Sunday, August 21)