Improv offers a way to develop and practice interviewing, writing, and editing skills. This interactive weekend workshop introduces science writers to improv lessons.

Writers know that a good story depends on conflict and resolution, drama and emotions. But it’s not always easy, and science writers have the extra challenge of weaving those elements into topics that are ideally objective.

Learning to observe how our own bodies and emotions respond and behave can remind science writers to see the room instead of just the equipment, the human instead of just the researcher, the larger story instead of just the science.

During the workshop, science writers will learn on-the-fly storytelling forms, creative movement and dance exercises, and an introspective creative feedback process. These will boost their observational prowess, and help them build connection and become more aware of hidden biases.

We will meet at the IHM Retreat Center in Santa Fe, NM.

Fees & Funding

This workshop is generously supported by an NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant, allowing us to offer a weekend intensive for just $50.

Dates & Deadlines

The deadline for registration is extended to July 13.

The workshop will run August 3 & 4.

General Schedule

Saturday, August 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • InterPlay with Katherine Mast
  • Improvisational Dance with Allison Mills
  • Catered lunch

Sunday, August 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Critical Response Process with Phil Weaver-Stoesz
  • Catered lunch
Location Santa Fe, New Mexico E-mail sciwri.improv@gmail.com Hours Funded by an NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant
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