2016 Santa Fe Science-Writing Workshop

Monday, May 2

3 p.m. Begin checking in at Inn of the Governors.

4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Registration packets will be available for pickup at a table in the lobby.

5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Reception (cash bar). (Participants only. Guests will be welcome at later events.)

6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dinner followed by introductions. Meet the students and instructors. (Participants only.)

Tuesday, May 3

6:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.

8:30 a.m. Meet in hotel lobby for a ride to the Santa Fe Institute. Drivers, including commuters and instructors, are asked to help with the carpooling.

9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Welcome by David Krakauer, president of SFI.

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. "The Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing." By dissecting the current week's issue of Science Times, David Corcoran leads a discussion on how to turn science's discoveries into compelling, accurate stories.

10:45 a.m. to 12 noon. Presentation by SFI researcher Eleanor Power.

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Picnic lunch on the grounds. Meet with your group for the first time and discuss the morning's presentation.

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Presentation by SFI researcher Eric Libby.

(Students may use the talks as the basis for a writing assignment, which will be critiqued during the workshop sessions. See the FAQ for details.)

3:15 p.m. Return to hotel.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet in the hotel conference room for a short discussion about what we learned at SFI.

5:30 p.m. Explore the Plaza; forage for dinner.

Wednesday, May 4

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. "Inside the New York Times." David Corcoran describes how the paper goes about finding, reporting, and presenting the week's science news, both on paper and online.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. "Tackling the Unknowns in Science Stories." Using examples from her own reporting on a mysterious epidemic of chronic kidney disease in South Asia and from recent media coverage of the Zika virus in Brazil, Rhitu Chatterjee talks about how to tell accurate and compelling stories when there is little science to hold on to.

12 noon to 1 p.m. Lunch at the hotel.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. "Science and the Trouble with Reality." Michael Specter talks about his New Yorker pieces on Vandana Shiva, Dr. Oz, lyme disease, GMOs and other contentious matters where popular belief comes into conflict with what science really says.

2:45 to 5:15 p.m. Workshop session. Students will break into groups and meet with their assigned instructor.

6:00 p.m. Gather in the Kiva room for a book reading by the instructors. You can order a drink from a cocktail waitress. (Collected Works bookstore will have books on sale.)

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reading and book signing.

8 p.m. Explore the Plaza; forage for dinner.

Thursday, May 5

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel.

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. "Raw Data." No matter how hard you try to be judicious in writing about controversial subjects, someone will inevitably be outraged. George Johnson describes several recent experiences with his New York Times column and what he learned from the backlash.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. "Dueling Authors." Sandy Blakeslee talks about her latest project -- a book about the microbiome -- and considers the benefits and pitfalls of journalist-scientist collaborations.

12 noon to 1 p.m. Lunch at the hotel.

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Workshop session. Meet with your instructor.

3 p.m. Meet in hotel lobby for an optional field trip to Bandelier National Monument. Guests are welcome. Bring sunscreen, hat, water, and (depending on the forecast) rain gear. (If you prefer to stay in town, you can walk to the Plaza and nearby museums or explore Canyon Road and Santa Fe's historic Eastside.)

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Explore the ruins at Bandelier.

6:30 p.m. Dinner at Tomasita's Restaurant in the Railyard. (Cash bar. Guests welcome.)

9:15 p.m. Return to hotel.

Friday May 6

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at hotel.

9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Meet for the final time with your group.

12 noon to 1 p.m. Lunch at the hotel.

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Special session. Informal discussions about science journalism with Gretchen Reynolds, health and fitness columnist for the New York Times, and Celia Lowenstein, a documentary filmmaker.

3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Instructors will be available to meet informally with students. Meanwhile relax and prepare for the week's big event.

5:30 p.m. Meet in hotel lobby for a ride to the barbecue. (Guests welcome.)

6 p.m. to whenever. Barbecue at Sandra Blakeslee's house. (The drinks are on us.)

Saturday, May 7

6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel. Please check out before attending the final session. Luggage can be left at the front desk.

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Closing discussion and farewell.