Careers & Advancement

Science Writing Workshops

  Materials Research Society Foundation

Learn the techniques required to take any story—whether it be a news story, journalistic article, blog entry, or profile of a scientist—to the next level.

This is an interactive one-day workshop for researchers, scientists, science educators and students who are interested in journalism and science writing. Any article, science-themed or otherwise, is most effective when it tells a story. Details in the story are most vibrant when they're gleaned from interviews.

This workshop explores various categories of journalistic science writing and identifies effective skill-sets for working with editorial staff.  Through practice, participants will learn effective writing strategies that enhance storytelling in science writing. The instructors demonstrate effective interviewing skills through questioning techniques, strategies, and technical tools that elicit targeted information. The workshop includes opportunities to practice your interviewing skills.

Workshops are offered periodically at the MRS Spring Meeting and MRS Fall Meeting. Sessions are limited to 12 participants and preregistration is required. You do not need to be registered for the meeting to attend the Science Writing Workshop. If you wish to be added to a mailing list to receive information about upcoming workshops and preregistration, contact Judy Meiksin.

Next Workshop

Monday, April 2, 2018
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 A

A free, one-day writing workshop will be held on Monday, April 2, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, in parallel with the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix. You do not need to be registered for the Spring Meeting to attend the Science Writing Workshop. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. The application deadline has been extended to March 23, 2018.

Workshop Outline

9:00 am – 11:30 am     
Storytelling, social media, writing opportunities, interviewing

  • Key Elements of Storytelling
  • How to Use Social Media
  • Introduction to Writing Opportunities
  • The Art of Interviewing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm       
Lunch will be provided.

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm         
Hands-on: Draft a short news article

  • Interview Practice I
  • Interview Critique
  • Interview Practice II
  • Draft news article and repurpose for social media
  • Discussion

How to Apply

Submit the following materials to Judy Meiksin:

  • Subject head: Science Writing Workshop (your name)
  • Cover letter that includes:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Explain why you want to participate in the Science Writing Workshop
  • Writing sample (e.g., news article, feature article, profile of a scientist)

Due March 23, 2018

Instructional Team

The Science Writing Workshop instructional team has included the following individuals. Click each name to read a brief biography.

Guest Scientists

Workshops include an interview demonstration with a leading materials scientist. Workshops include guest scientists such as:


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