Good writing can change the world...even, perhaps, a world that is already changing. The writer that aspires to alter the course of ecological crisis will need good stories, persuasive rhetoric, and a keen critical eye, as well as broad scientific literacy and a knack for observation. In this class, we will explore how language can address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change, natural disaster, biodiversity loss, and more. In doing so, we'll work hard to hone the writing skills that will allow us to translate hard global facts into engaging, local narratives and clear arguments that can engage many audiences at once. To this end, we'll read and discuss effective science writing, spend time observing and describing nature, and carefully workshop each other's writing. Students will produce, for their final project, a polished article intended for a public audience.
Writing for the Future of the PlanetWriting | Physical and Earth Science | Interdisciplinary Sciences
Scheduled Class Time*
*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.