Science as Story

Writing at the intersection of knowledge & narrative.


Science as Story is a new program from Creative Nonfiction featuring five thought-provoking public lectures, five engaging conversations, and a six-week writing fellowship.

This exciting series is designed to showcase how narrative can help us understand and appreciate the sciences' impact on our daily lives. MarchMay 2020. 


Public Lectures

Acclaimed longform science writers discuss the challenges of bridging the gap between research and storytelling to bring stories that matter to a wider audience.

The C Word: Writing about Cancer Using Scholarship & Empathy
Azra Raza, MD

Author of The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last
Thursday, March 12th  |  7 pm EST @ Ace Hotel Ballroom  |  120 S Whitfield St, Pittsburgh

Climate Change at Home: Bringing a Global Problem to the Dinner Table
Amanda Little
Author of The Fate of Food: What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World
Sunday, March 22nd | 4:30 pm EST @ Trust Arts Center  |  805 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh

A Doctor in Time: Making History Matter to a Modern Audience
Dawn Raffel
Author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
Thursday, March 26th  |  7 pm EST @ The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors  |  3700 Butler St, Pittsburgh

Medical Error: The Untold Story in Medicine
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error
Thursday, April 2nd  |  7 pm EST @ Carnegie Free Library  |  300 Beechwood Ave, Carnegie

Biology on the Page: Delighting the Reader with Fascinating Facts
Ruth Kassinger
Author of Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us
Thursday, April 16th  |  7 pm EST @ Phipps Conservatory, Botany Hall  |  1 Schenley Dr, Pittsburgh

Conversations (In-Person & Streamed Online)

These up-close-and-personal conversations and moderated Q & A sessions take a deep dive into the art, craft, and business of writing narrative science.

Azra Raza, MD  |  Friday, March 13th @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Detective Building (or join us online)

Amanda Little  |  Monday, March 23rd @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Dawn Raffel  |  Friday, March 27th @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD  |  Friday, April 3rd @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

Ruth Kassinger  |  Friday, April 17th @ 10 am EST
The Beauty Shoppe, Arsenal Motors (or join us online)

* Space is limited to 20 in-person; all conversations will be streamed online.

Science Writing Fellowship

A free six-week writing workshop for scientists seeking to explore narrative, or anyone exploring ways to tell a science-focused story. This intensive series is a crash course in crafting engaging nonfiction for a general audience. Accepted fellows will work on developing one story to present at a special “graduation” reading at the end of the workshops.

By application only; space is limited to 12. Workshops will take place between April 22 and May 27 at Creative Nonfiction’s workshop space (607 College Ave, Pittsburgh).

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Funding for the Science as Story project is provided by The Pittsburgh Foundation.