Science As Story

Exploring the intersections of knowledge & narrative.


Science As Story is a new program from Creative Nonfiction featuring five thought-provoking thought-provoking public lectures, five engaging engaging conversations, and a six-week writing fellowship.

This exciting new event series is designed to showcase how narrative can help us understand and appreciate the sciences' impact on our daily lives. March - May 2020. 


Public Lectures

Acclaimed longform science writers discuss the challenges of bridging the gap between research and storytelling and bringing stories that matter to a wider audience.

The C Word: Writing about Cancer Using Scholarship & Empathy
Azra Raza, MD

Author of The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last
Thursday, March 12th | 7 pm EST @ Ace Hotel  |  120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh

Climate Change at Home: Bringing a Global Problem to the Dinner Table
Amanda Little
Author of The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World
Sunday, March 22nd | 4:30 pm EST @ Trust Arts Center  |  805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh

A Doctor in Time: Making History Matter to a Modern Audience
Dawn Raffel
Author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
Thursday, March 26th | 7 pm EST @ The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors  |  3700 Butler St, Pittsburgh

Medical Error: The Untold Story in Medicine
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error
Thursday, April 2nd | 7 pm EST @ Carnegie Free Library  |  300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie

Biology on the Page: Delighting the Reader with Fascinating Facts
Ruth Kassinger
Author of Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us
Thursday, April 16th | 7 pm EST @ Phipps Conservatory, Botany Hall  |  1 Schenley Dr, Pittsburgh

Conversations (In-Person & Streamed Online)

These up-close-and-personal moderated conversations and Q&A sessions take a deep dive into the art, craft, and business of writing narrative science.

Azra Raza, MD  |  Friday, March 13th @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Amanda Little  |  Monday, March 23rd @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Dawn Raffel  |  Friday, March 27th @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD  |  Friday, April 3rd @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Ruth Kassinger  |  Friday, April 17th @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

* Space is limited to 20 in-person; all conversations will be streamed online.

Science Writing Fellowship

A free six-week writing workshop for scientists seeking to explore narratively, or anyone exploring ways to tell a science-focused story. This intensive series is a crash course in crafting engaging nonfiction for a general audience. Accepted fellows will work on developing one story to present at a special “graduation” reading at the end of the workshops.

By application only; space is limited to 12. Workshops will take place between April 22 and May 27 at Creative Nonfiction’s workshop space (607 College Ave, Pittsburgh).

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Funding for the Science as Story project is provided by the Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.