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Science Writing for the People


Sciworthy
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

Welcome to Sciworthy's online course SCI 101: Science Writing for the People. This course will provide an overview of some important types of popular science writing such as news writing, editorials, technical documents, and educational pieces. This course will also introduce students to some of the theory behind science communication and approaches based on current research into cognitive and political psychology. The focus of each lesson will be on clear and engaging written communication. This course will also provide tips for starting your science writing career.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will:
  • Understand the latest perspectives on science communication.
  • Adopt a marketing mindset for reaching varied audiences with science writing.
  • Improve clarity of writing through detailed study of grammar and style principles.
  • Learn the basic principles of news writing, technical writing, and explainer articles.
  • Receive tips for success for starting a writing career.

Course Prerequisites

This course is for science undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, technicians, health care professionals, science educators, engineers, and other science-trained professionals. It is ideal for professional academics. Our training is designed to help you understand the art of popular "informal" science writing if you have only performed scientific and academic writing previously.

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, part of the non-profit Blue Marble Space. She holds a Master of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with research interests in sustainability, indoor farming, and food safety. She has written explainer articles online since 2013 for sites such as Livestrong.com, Sciencing.com, and Bitesize Bio. She has also published several peer-reviewed research articles across a range of disciplines.

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