[Acmsmajors] spring quarter science writing course--please forward
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miller at math.washington.edu
Tue Feb 26 13:16:45 PST 2008
Ocean 506/ EDC&I 505
Science & Technology Creative Nonfiction Writing
M & W 3:30 - 4:50
Instructor: Deborah L. Illman, Ph.D.
illman at u.washington.edu
This course treats advanced forms of science and technology writing for upper
division undergraduate and graduate students, and provides an opportunity for
students to develop articles that may be considered for publication in
Northwest Science & Technology online magazine.
We compare and contrast the structure of the hard news feature and other forms
of nonfiction articles that are used to present technical content to diverse
audiences. Specifically, we conduct an in-depth analysis of the narrative form
and examine several award-winning examples. The course provides an overview of
other genres, including profile and review.
Students research and write a news feature as well as an article using one of
the other forms treated in the class; drafts are critiqued by classmates in
writing clinics. The ultimate goal is to master different structures and to be
able to exercise deliberate selection and control of structure and style in
science writing appropriate for the content, context, and communication goal.
Students keep a writing journal throughout the quarter as a tool to develop
ideas and techniques, and they learn to write a query letter-a specialized form
of proposal used to present a story idea to an editor.
Prerequisites: At least upper division standing and permission of
instructor. Email the instructor for entry code.
Deborah L. Illman, Ph.D.
University of Washington, Box 353740
Seattle, WA 98195-3740
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