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VSA Course Spotlight: Writing Science

Posted by on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in news, VSA Blog.

Quick, who is your favorite scientist? Is it Neil deGrasse Tyson, Carl Sagan, or Stephen Hawking? Or perhaps you’re a fan of Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, or Nikola Tesla? Apart from being scientists, do you know what they all have in common? Writing! Successful scientists like these celebrated men and women can communicate their ideas effectively both to professionals and the general public. Do you have what it takes to write the next “Brief History of Time?” We have a course for that! “Writing Science: Fact and Fiction” is for you!

But what if you have no aspirations to be a scientist? What if you want to be a writer instead? Quick, what do Superman Returns and Prometheus have in common? Both were movies that “bombed” in part because of serious scientific blunders (no Superman, you cannot travel across hundreds of light years in a just a few years). Meanwhile, Michael Crichton has sold hundreds of millions of books (and counting) by mixing blockbuster action with sound scientific foundations. No matter how good of a writer you are, if you intend to say anything about science (ever!), you’d better make sure you get it right. “Writing Science” is for you, too!

This is an interdisciplinary course. Under an accomplished writing instructor (Marysa LaRowe), future writers and future scientists can work together, learn from each other, stretch yourselves and make sure that when you come into your own, you can make your voice heard.