Symposium on the Future of Science Writing

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JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY’S M.A. IN WRITING PROGRAM HOSTS ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM ON FUTURE OF SCIENCE WRITING

THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 1st IN WASHINGTON, DC

Contact: Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, (202) 265-3000

WASHINGTON, DC – Is the “science writing” profession endangered or evolving? That is the debate Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Writing Program and the D.C. Science Writers Association will present at a daylong symposium on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at Johns Hopkins University’s Washington Center in the Lower Level conference center at 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in Washington, DC.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Franklin will join more than a dozen prominent writers on timely panels such as “Science Writing as a Literary Endeavor” and “Caught in the Crossfire: Science, Perception or Policy?” The full program is available at http://www.dcswa.org/symposium_program.html.

The symposium, which will be held from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, will tackle tough questions including:

Science communication seems to be changing faster than we can type, tape or transmit over the Internet. It has become extinct in some publications while it has appeared in new environments and forms elsewhere. Is science coverage dying out, being eaten alive by monetary, political or cultural pressures, or morphing into a new species?

How can we ensure that our craft, and therefore we as science writers, continue to survive?

The symposium, which features lunch for all registrants, costs $45 for professionals and $35 for students.

To register or gather more information about the symposium, please contact JHU’s Mary Knudson at [email protected].

The overriding vision of the Master of Arts in Writing program in the Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins is to focus on its student writers and their creative writing goals. Through an innovative program structure, an array of courses, and a faculty of practicing writers, the program offers a nurturing, demanding home to develop or improve skills in fiction, poetry, general nonfiction, or science-medical writing.



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