Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop – 2020

When:
June 15, 2020 – June 19, 2020 all-day
2020-06-15T00:00:00+02:00
2020-06-20T00:00:00+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: 30 April, 2020
Registration form is here.
Participant submission list

**Due to the uncertainty of coronavirus development in the coming months, the workshop may move to online if needed.**


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.