Special Program / Science as Story

Science as Story Events

Advancing knowledge through narrative.

Science As Story is a new program from Creative Nonfiction featuring five thought-provoking public lectures, five 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 & Conversations

Acclaimed longform science writers discuss the challenges of bridging the gap between research and storytelling and bringing stories that matter to a wider audience. Evening/afternoon events are followed the next morning by an opportunity to learn from and interact with visiting writers in a smaller, more conversational setting. 

Azra Raza

The C Word: Writing About Cancer Using Scholarship and Empathy 

Mar 12  |  7pm @ Ace Hotel
Mar 13  |  10am @ The Beauty Shoppe

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Amanda Little

Climate Change at Home: Bringing a Global Problem to the Dinner Table 

Mar 22  |  4:30pm  |  ONLINE via GoToWebinar
Mar 23  |  
10am  |  ONLINE ONLY

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Dawn Raffel

A Doctor in Time: Making History Matter to a Modern Audience 

Mar 26  |  7pm  |  ONLINE via GoToWebinar
Mar 27  |  10am  |  ONLINE ONLY

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Danielle Ofri

Medical Error: The Untold Story in Medicine 

April 2  |  7pm  |  ONLINE via GoToWebinar
April 3  |  10am  |  ONLINE ONLY

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Ruth Kassinger

Biology on the Page: Delighting the Reader with Fascinating Facts 

April 16  |  7pm  |  ONLINE via GoToWebinar
April 17  |  10am  |  ONLINE ONLY

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Science Writing Fellowship

A free six-week writing workshop for scientists seeking to explore narrative, 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).

DEADLINE for applications closed 3/8

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