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Sciworthy Orientation

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Welcome to Sciworthy's new writer orientation (SCI 100). This course introduces writers to Sciworthy's style as well as a tutorial to improve your popular science writing if you have only written academic and scientific works before.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will:
  • Understand what an explainer article is
  • Understand Sciworthy's style
  • Learn to break down a technical paper step by step
  • Get tutorials on grammar, register, and tone.
  • Learn to use storytelling methods to explain science better.

Course Prerequisites

This course is for science undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, technicians, health care professionals, science educators, engineers, and other science-trained professionals who want to contribute to Sciworthy.

Recommended Reading Materials

  1. Bernoff, J. (2016). Writing Without Bullshit: Boost your career by saying what you mean. New York: Harper Business, An Imprint of HarperCollins.
  2. Greene, A. E. (2013). Writing Science in Plain English. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  3. Olson, Randy. (2018) Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style. Island Press/Center for Resource Economics.

Course Staff

Gina Misra

Gina Misra

Gina Misra (formerly Riggio) is the Editor-in-Chief at Sciworthy and a research scientist at the non-profit Blue Marble Space. She holds a Master of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. She has written explainer articles online since 2013 for sites such as,, The Conversation, and Bitesize Bio. She has also published several peer-reviewed research articles across a range of disciplines.

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