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The Science Communication unit at the University of the West of England is providing a short online course, ‘Science communication: Online and Media Writing’.

The fee is £750. A concessionary fee is available.

‘Science communication: Online and Media Writing’ runs from 23rd April 2018, for ten weeks (including two weeks private study).

This course will equip participants with the skills they need to write about science and communicate clearly with non-scientists. From identifying a story in a piece of research to shaping the material into engaging text, this course will offer a comprehensive insight into science writing. The course should appeal to current and future science communicators and science writers who wish to hone their skills, as well as scientists who wish to convey their research to non-specialists. The skills taught here will be applicable to all forms of popular science writing, but there is a particular emphasis on online writing.

The course draws on the expertise of the team that delivers UWE’s popular and practical Science Communication postgraduate programmes and covers a range of topics including:

  • introduction to science writing and guiding principles
  • spotting a good story
  • story structure
  • making your science writing clear and engaging
  • writing for different audiences
  • writing about statistics and risk
  • getting your writing noticed online
  • effective use of social media
  • writing an effective press release
  • tips on writing about different fields of science