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