[Englmajors] Science & Techn. Creative Nonfiction Writing Spring
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Subject: [Advisers] science writing course--please forward to students
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 13:44:28 -0800 (PST)
From: D. Illman <illman at u.washington.edu>
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Ocean 506 A
Science & Technology Creative Nonfiction Writing
M, W 2:30-3:50
Rm 425 OCN
Qualifies for W credit
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 it 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 hard news feature to 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 with narrative lead 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 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.
Senior Fellow, National Science Foundation Discovery Corps
Editor, Northwest Science & Technology http://www.nwst.org
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7940
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