Eureka! Science Writing for General Audiences

5-Week Online Class

Eureka! Science Writing for General Audiences

January 08- February 11

$260 if registered by 12/18/2017
$310 if registered after 12/18/2017

Your course registration includes a free 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction or a free ebook; click here for more details.

Refund and cancellation policies


Instructor: Chelsea Biondolillo

In this class, we’ll take a close look at the writing and research skills needed to craft engaging nonfiction about scientific discovery, research, and policy, and practice them over the course of five weeks. We’ll discuss how literary elements such as scene, character development, and narrative can bring scientific topics alive for general readers, as well as how to document research and interviews to prepare for the fact-checking process. Participants will complete one essay, and will also be given optional short exercises that can later be incorporated into longer pieces. We will also discuss how to identify and query markets for science-based nonfiction. Participants will receive personal feedback on their work from the instructor and feedback from other class members.

How it works: Each week participants will be given a written lecture (topics listed below) and a selection of readings. Also during each week, participants will discuss writing problems, the assigned readings, and other general writing topics with each other and with their instructor through an online class discussion board. In week 4, participants will submit a full-length essay for instructor and peer review. Assignments are given on a per-week basis, and there is no need to be online at any particular time of day.

Week 1: The hows and whys of great writing about science
Week 2: Scenes and characters: finding a way into the story
Week 3: Lights, camera, action! Finding scenes within research
Week 4: The beginning, middle, and end: finding an arc
Week 5: Finding markets

See the complete syllabus here »


* US residents will receive a complimentary 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction with their online class registration (or a 4-issue extension to their existing subscription). Students outside the US can receive a free copy of the ebook Creating Nonfiction, or can choose to receive a 4-issue print subscription for the cost of shipping fees. We regret that we are not able to supply complimentary digital subscriptions for international students at this time.

If you are an international student who would like a print subscription instead of an ebook, please contact us at after you register.

Refund and cancellation policies

By 5pm EST on the Monday before classes begin (one week prior to start date):

  • Students may request a refund (less a $50 application fee) or request a transfer to another course in the same term (no fee).

By 5pm EST on the Friday at the end of the first week of classes:

  • Students may transfer their enrollment credit to a future course (less a $95 processing fee for 10-week courses or a $75 processing fee for 5-week courses). Transfer credits must be applied within two years from your cancellation date.
  • Students may switch to another class in the same term (subject to availability) for a $25 fee.

No refunds or transfers will be offered after this deadline.