Tuesday, June 21, 2011
David Taylor: Making Science Stories Compelling or How to Avoid Blinding Them With Science
In Senegal, I threaded my way through Dakar’s streets beneath a crisp Atlantic sky and learned how changing people’s behavior with music videos and media has helped to reduce malaria cases in that country, dramatically
Weaving a lively tale involving science can overlap with everything from travel to forensics. And when you develop an eye for the elements of a compelling story, you can shape a strong narrative out of material you find in everyday life.
Most Americans feel inadequate in the locker room of science. They know they should know more about biology, physics or whatever. But maybe they didn’t get the bug in school and now those words -- physics, biology -- are not their friends. So how does a writer invite them in? With a good story, and by breaking down the category dividers that society uses to mark off subjects.
We explore these elements and opportunities in Writing Brilliantly About Science. Join us for the half-day workshop later this week or the full journey in the fall.
David Taylor writes about science, history and for books, magazines and films. His articles have appeared in Smithsonian, The Washington Post, and Wired. His book Ginseng, the Divine Root explored the science and subcultures surrounding the medicinal plant. He wrote and co-produced the Smithsonian documentary Soul of a People: Writing America's Story, nominated for a 2010 Writer's Guild Award, and the book, Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America, named among Best Books of 2009. He’s a member of the National Association of Science Writers.