November 29, 2016 update

We’ve  accepted 12 people for the 2017 workshop, so we are now a little less than 1/3 full. We look forward to more applications. If you have applied but haven’t heard back from us, please let us know.


October 12, 2016

We are now taking applications for the 22nd annual Santa Fe
Science Writing Workshop, which will begin on Monday evening, May 1, 2017, and run through Saturday morning, May 6, at the Inn of the Governors in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year’s instructors are

Alexandra Witze, correspondent for the journal Nature

Donald G. McNeil Jr., science and health reporter for the New York Times

Chris Mooney, energy and environment writer for the Washington Post.

Sandra Blakeslee, longtime science writer for the New York Times and co-author of The Body Has a Mind of its Own and seven other books

George Johnson, two time winner of the AAAS Science Journalism Award for stories in the New York Times and author of The Cancer Chronicles and eight other books.

Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop



Thanks to everyone for a wonderful week, and please keep in touch.

Next year’s workshop will be May 1 to May 6, 2017. We’ll begin posting details this fall.


Welcome to Santa Fe

We’re looking forward to meeting you on Monday evening. The weather will be brisk some days, with highs ranging from the low 50s to high 70s and night time lows in the 40s and even high 30s. A chance of thunderstorms is predicted, but so far this spring these have been short and mild. The weather, in other words, will be perfect for a region that always must contend with drought.

Before you arrive, please take another look at the schedule ( and click on the links so you can read some of the material the instructors will be talking about. In addition, Celia Lowenstein, the filmmaker who will speak on Friday, suggests that you watch “The Fish That Time Forgot” ( and “Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures” ( If you have time, her film “Simply Complex” is about the physicist Murray Gell-Mann, one of the founders of the Santa Fe Institute, which we will visit on Tuesday. As an added bonus, the film shows glimpses of one of your instructors as he was more than 15 years ago. (

For those of you who use Twitter, the hashtag will be #sfsciwrite.