2018 Santa Fe Science-Writing Workshop

a work in progress. updated January 30, 2018

Monday, May 7

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) in Kiva Room. (Participants only. Guests will be welcome at later events.)

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

Tuesday, May 8

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. "Searching for the Perfect Lede." Before listening to two presentations by scientists, the instructors will lead a discussion on how to turn science's discoveries into compelling stories.

10:45 a.m. to 12 noon. Presentation by an SFI scientist. Details tk.

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 an SFI scientist. Details tk.

(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 9

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

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. "Covering the Climate Beat at the New York Times." Henry Fountain talks about how to make sense of the complexities of climate science and produce stories that people will want to read and find interesting and informative.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. tktktk

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

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. "It's Not Just About the Science." Cornelia Dean talks about her reporting on the fate of the coast in an era of rising seas -- a story where science intersects with politics, economics, and sociology.

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 Governors room for a book reading and signing by the instructors. You can order a drink and relax for awhile. (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 10

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

9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. "Where Book Ideas Come From." George Johnson talks about how he came to write nine books during his career, three of which were short-listed for the Royal Society Book Prize.

10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. "Dueling Authors." Sandy Blakeslee talks about her latest projects -- two books 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 local restaurant. (Cash bar. Guests welcome. Further details tk.)

9:15 p.m. Return to hotel.

Friday May 11

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 2:45 p.m. Informal sessions on freelancing and other subjects. details tk.

4:30 p.m. to 5:15 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 12

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 10:30 a.m. Pitch session. Drawing on what we learned this week, students will pitch story ideas to our guest editor (name to be announced) and the instructors.

10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Closing discussion and farewell.