Special Program / Science as Story

Science as Story Fellowship

A free, six-week writing workshop series.

For scientists seeking to explore the use of narrative or anyone exploring ways to tell a science-focused story, this intensive workshop series is a crash course in crafting engaging nonfiction.

Wednesdays, April 22nd – May 27th, 6-9pm

Twelve chosen fellows will meet for six weeks in Creative Nonfiction's space in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood. We'll dissect the structure and narrative arc of excellent science essays and address such topics as ethics in nonfiction writing, the process of revision, and how to get your work published. Students will respond to writing prompts and have opportunities to workshop works-in-progress and get feedback from peers and the instructor. The workshop series will conclude with a student reading, open to the public. Fellows will receive a $500 cash stipend upon completion.


Deadline for applications: 11:59pm on Sunday, March 8th

About the Instructor

Katie Booth's work has appeared in Aeon, The Believer, Catapult, Harper's magazine, Kaleidoscope, WHYY’s The Pulse and Vela. It has been highlighted on Longform and Longreads, and her essay "The Sign for This" was selected as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016. She has received support from the Edward Albee Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center and the Massachusetts Historical Society, and was a 2017-18 John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. She grew up bilingual and bicultural in a mixed hearing/ Deaf family. Her first book, The Illusion of Miracles, about Alexander Graham Bell's lifelong work to alienate Deaf people from Sign Language and dismantle the Deaf community, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster.

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