Speaker and Session Preview: Jeanine Pfeiffer, Nerd Lab 101

jeanine-pfeifferJeanine Pfeiffer wowed our contest judges in this year’s Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction; her essay about a little brown bat was a finalist in the competition. Her piece also was a little different than what we’ve published in the past for its focus on science–and it certainly paved the way for other science and nature writers.

That technique is just what Jeanine plans to share in her session, Writing Creatively with Science: Nerd Lab 101. We asked the ethnoecologist from California a few questions about the upcoming conference.

Hippo: We don’t want to give too much away about your session, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

Jeanine: Renew your love of research and serendipitous discovery!

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.

Both “beginners” and “advanced” science writers will benefit from this fast-paced workshop, with insiders’ tips from a practicing Ph.D. scientist who loves writing across genres.

What is your best advice for those attending a writing conference, whether it’s for newbies or veterans?

Use an iPad for taking notes.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the HippoCamp?

Greatly looking forward to communing with other nonfiction writers who love their craft.

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster?

I graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High several decades ago and used to escape (by crawling out my dorm-room window) to the “wilds” of downtown, to hang out with the uber-progressives running the Lancaster Independent Press (LIP). Quite the adventure for a wide-eyed Mennonite teenager!

Jeanine, we’re glad that HippoCamp is also affording you an opportunity for a homecoming of sorts. (And we’ll be putting a watch on your hotel window!)