Writing is an essential skill for researchers. Whether you are preparing a manuscript for publication, a grant proposal, or a conference abstract, clear and compelling writing is always needed. But writing for non-expert audiences requires a different approach, one that is concise and jargon-free.
Metcalf Institute will host a workshop to help Rhode Island science graduate students, faculty, post docs, and research staff build the skills and confidence to write for public audiences. The daylong workshop will provide basic tips on how to improve writing skills and translate complex scientific information into short narratives of interest for non-expert audiences. You’ll also learn how to write for influential audiences: namely, the news media and op-ed readers.
News releases are an important way to publicize your research and its significance. Sometimes researchers must draft their own releases, without any coaching on how to pique the interest of local, regional, or national reporters.
Opinion pieces are also an effective means of discussing your research, and offer the potential to reach important audiences such as funders, policy makers, and voters.
Workshop participants will gain instruction in how to write for these different audiences, and will have the opportunity to practice each of these types of writing under the guidance of expert coaches, including community-based writing specialist, Dr. Caroline Gottschalk-Druschke, of URI’s Writing and Rhetoric and Natural Resources Science Departments, and life sciences writer David Orenstein of Brown University.
The workshop is supported by Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR and is open to natural and social science faculty, program directors and professional staff engaged in research or supporting research, graduate students, and postdocs from all Rhode Island colleges and universities.
Register by July 15th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JQSDPQC
July 20, 2016
10 am – 4:30 pm (lunch included)
URI Feinstein Campus
80 Washington Street