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Popular Writing for Academics

With Colleen Kimmett


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This workshop is for those who want to bring their specialized knowledge and expertise to a wider audience.

Workshop sessions are online through Zoom videoconference.

Schedule: Thursdays, April 22, 29, May 6, 13  from 4 pm – 5:30 pm

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This workshop is for scientists, researchers, and those who want to bring their specialized knowledge and expertise to a wider audience. Over four weeks, you’ll learn about key differences in academic and popular writing, tools for narrowing down and shaping ideas, practical writing techniques, and where and how to pitch non-academic writing. Participants have the option of joining an additional six-week intensive workshop focused on developing a specific piece from beginning to end.

Informations complémentaires

Ticket type

Regular ticket ($150), Solidarity ticket ($125)

Teacher Bio

Colleen Kimmett is a writer and journalist. She was a science and environment reporter at the Tyee in Vancouver for eight years before moving to Montreal (with some travelling and freelancing in between). Colleen was recently part of a team that produced a major investigative project exposing high levels of lead in municipal drinking water across Canada and currently teaches a science communication course at McGill. Her writing has been published in The WalrusThe GuardianAl Jazeera AmericaBright MagazineIn These TimesStatNewsArctic Deeply, and others. 

Other Workshops by Colleen Kimmett

Write Like a Pro

Write Like a Pro — Get Published Edition

Course Breakdown

Week 1:
Writing for an audience (what readers want)
Shaping subjects into stories
Week 2:
Framing and finding your ‘nutgraf’
Writing Tools Part 1
Week 3:
Structuring and ‘containing’ your ideas
Writing Tools Part 2
Week 4:
Paths to getting published
Writing Tools Part 3

Event Details

Session 1: April 22, 2021

Session 2: April 29, 2021

Session 3: May 06, 2021

Session 4: May 13, 2021

Start time: 16:00 EDT

End time: 17:30 EDT

Venue: Zoom conference