Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop

When:
June 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019 all-day
2019-06-17T00:00:00+02:00
2019-06-22T00:00:00+02:00
Where:
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

Responsible: Dallas Murphy and Thomas Spengler
Credit points: 2 ETCS
Max no. of participants: 12
Registration deadline: 10 May, 2019
Registration form is here. (registration closed)
Participant submission list


Objectives

Only the science matters in science papers.  Often, however, good science is damaged by its unclear presentation in writing.  Clarity is the science writer’s sole stylistic obligation.  But without a cogent, carefully constructed literary structure, there can be no clarity; clarity is in structure.  We will, therefore offer techniques and means of attaining structure that can be applied to the present paper, the next paper, and the next.

Format

– We can accommodate a maximum of 12 students.  Each will submit a draft of their papers 3 weeks before the workshop begins, and everyone will receive a package containing all papers.
– As a group, we will rigorously examine the abstracts, introductions, and conclusions for each paper, asking, first, are they clear?  We will address three papers per day, leaving Friday open for rewrites.
– Working together as a group, we will help improve the paper at hand.  But that alone is not enough.  We will use the papers as a starting point to establish the foundations of a practical writing process – of thinking like a writer about science writing – that will produce better papers, but also alleviate some of the stress most students feel about writing.
– Different faculty scientists will participate in each session to help students clarify the science itself.

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Dallas Murphy is a professional writer, author of nine books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and two plays.  He conducts science-writing workshops at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, University of Miami, and Bergen Geophysical Institute.