1998 Santa Fe Science-Writing Workshop

June 30 to July 5

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The third annual Santa Fe Science-Writing Workshop will begin Tuesday evening, June 30, and run through Sunday morning, July 5, at Plaza Resolana in downtown Santa Fe. (We'll have a barbecue on the Fourth.) This year's faculty will include Rick Weiss, science writer for The Washington Post; Natalie Angier, science correspondent for The New York Times and winner of the Pulitzer prize; Jon Franklin, two-time Pulitzer prizewinner and professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon; and the originators of the workshop, Sandra Blakeslee and George Johnson, both science correspondents for The New York Times. We will also be joined by the Science Times editor, Cory Dean, and by the author and New Yorker writer Douglas Preston.

How to apply.

Check regularly for the latest updates, and see our constantly evolving FAQ and the schedule.

The last two workshops each attracted about 40 students from all over the country (and one from France). Some were working science writers who wanted to hone their skills and meet more of their colleagues. Some were writers from other fields hoping to make the switch to science writing. Some were public information specialists from universities and government laboratories. And some were scientists who wondered if they might like writing more than research.

Previous instructors have included Michael Lemonick, science writer for Time magazine, Paul Hoffman, editor-in-chief of Discover magazine, and Timothy Ferris, author of The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report and Coming of Age in the Milky Way. Other lecturers have included Tom Johnson, an expert on electronic journalism, and the authors John Casti and Pamela McCorduck.

The cost for 1998 will be about the same as last year, though structured a little differently: tuition is $475 (plus a $25 application fee). Lodging for five nights at Plaza Resolana (double occupancy with breakfasts and lunches included) is $300. For a private room (a very limited number are available) the lodging cost is $450. Those who don't need to stay at Plaza Resolana will pay a $100 commuter fee. On two nights we will have a barbecue or picnic dinner. On the other nights, we'll hit the restaurants and bars around the downtown Plaza and fend for ourselves.

In the past, some people have chosen to stay at local bed and breakfasts. Many are within a few minutes' walk of Plaza Resolana and the Plaza.

We will soon be posting more details about the schedule. Meanwhile you can burrow into our Web site and see what we did in 1997 and in 1996. You can also read comments from people who attended previous workshops. If you have any questions, please contact George Johnson or Sandra Blakeslee. And please bookmark this page and check back for periodic updates. The event is being held in conjunction with Plaza Resolana, a nonprofit organization.

photos by Bill Wilburn

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