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Telling Stories About Data: Writing in Science and Other Quantitative Fields

  • 4/12/2013 | 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: Thorne Hall, Daggett Lounge
  • Event Type: Meeting

Telling Stories About Data: Writing in Science and Other Quantitative Fields

Telling Stories about Data: Writing in Science and Other Quantitative Fields

A Workshop for Faculty and Students

Led by Judith Swan, Ph.D., Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering at Princeton University

Friday, April 12, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall

One of the most frequent pieces of advice given to writers is "Tell a good story!" But because "good" stories are usually defined in terms of plot, narrative arc, and characters, writers in quantitative fields seem to have no stories to tell. In this workshop, we investigate writing in quantitative fields to find the stories we tell about data. How do quantitative readers recognize stories in the absence of people? What makes a good story to readers who are interested in the workings of the external world? Come prepared to engage as readers and writers with both words and numbers.

The workshop will be followed by a reception offering a chance for participants to speak with Judith informally about writing and teaching writing in quantitative fields.

Sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee, the Computation in the Liberal Arts Colloquium, and the Center for Learning and Teaching.

To register for the workshop, e-mail Bonny Labonte (blabonte@bowdoin.edu) by Friday, April 5.