Science Writing by Storytelling

The “Science Writing by Storytelling Master Class” took place Feb. 18-19, 2019, following the AAAS meeting in Washington, D.C.

Organized by Elizabeth Pennisi, senior correspondent at Science, and David Malakoff, deputy news editor at Science, the workshop was supported by a Peggy Girshman Idea Grant from NASW. Twenty-one writers attended.

The first day of the workshop included presentations by:

  • Steve Hall, a freelancer and science-writing teacher at NYU
  • Cathy Alter, a freelancer and narrative non-fiction teacher for Johns Hopkins
  • Siri Carpenter, editor of The Open Notebook
  • Laura Helmuth, science, health and environment editor at The Washington Post
  • David Malakoff, deputy news editor at Science.

These presenters then led small group discussions with participants.

The second day comprised presentations by three writer-editor pairs about their work on narrative pieces. They were:

  • Ross Anderson and Sarah Zhang (story from The Atlantic)
  • Tim Appenzeller and Steve Hall (story from National Geographic)
  • David Malakoff and Eli Kintisch (story from Science).

This was followed by a session on resources and a wrap-up discussion with Malakoff.

Watch a video of the presentations on the ScienceWriters YouTube channel. (Steve Hall was not videotaped.)

The following PDF documents are PowerPoint slides and resource sheets from the workshop.

May. 13, 2019

Drexel University online