Writing Creatively with Science: Nerd Lab 101 (CREATE A5)

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Weary of me-me-me-memoirs? Infusing creative nonfiction with science can bring our writing to a new level and broaden our approach to include larger-scale questions.

Think of the most intriguing articles you’re read on burning issues like neurological disorders, the global economy, climate change, and urban renewal. At the core of these articles is roll-up-your-sleeves (or pants’ legs) field and laboratory science. But how can we incorporate science into our work with integrity and accuracy if we’re coming from the humanities? How can we craft enticing stories based on findings from both the “soft” (socio-cultural) and “hard (biological-physical) sciences?

In this session, we’ll discuss how to access the latest research, ways to discern between science and pseudo-science, and fun approaches to bring science to life in your writings. Pulling from prize-winning works appearing in The New Yorker, Aeon, Orion, and The Best of Science and Nature Essays, we’ll construct a matrix of approaches relevant to everyone.

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Location: Salon A Date: August 13, 2016 Time: 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm jeanine-pfeiffer Jeanine Pfeiffer