Journalist Eldrid Borgan and editor Eivind Lauritsen can teach you how to write and get published in mainstream media!

Learn to write

Sciencenorway.no offers writing courses for scientists and researchers, for experienced communications people, and specific courses for bloggers.

Our courses can be held at your institution or online. They can be half-day, full-day or even two days – depending on your needs and our availability.

Your instructors will be journalists and/or editors from sciencenorway.no with ample experience in translating science-speak to plain language, and how to write something that will not just be published, but also read.

Our writing courses for researchers and scientists preferably go for a full day. We ask the participants to send us a draft opinion piece in advance. It does not have to be a complete text. We will work through various aspects of this text throughout the day and offer all participants feedback after the course – if they wish to update their text and send us a new draft within two weeks. (Scroll down to see an example of a full-day programme)

Our goal is that each participant completes a text that can be published either on our site, or another news outlet. In our experience, this is not just possible, it is highly likely and is a frequent outcome of our writing classes.

We work together with you in order to put together a course that suits your needs. We can deal with registrations for a given course for you, if you wish. Or you can do this task yourself.

Our courses are available in both Norwegian and English.

For more information or to book a course – get in touch with
Kåre Borgan, Head of communications and marketing
[email protected] /917 72 217

Editor and journalist Ulla Gjeset Schølberg (top left) and Editor-in-chief Nina Kristiansen (top right) can teach you how to get published in the media! Online, or face-to-face at your institution.

A typical full-day course looks like this:

Purpose: The course focuses on writing suitable texts about research and showing you how these can be used and adapted to different genres and media.

Preparations: The course participants will receive personal coaching on their own texts, both during the course and for the next two weeks. A draft should be submitted one week before the course and can be up to one page long. Submitting text is recommended, but not mandatory. Our goal is that every participant will end up with a published text.

Target group: Scientists and science communicators


Programme


09:00 Introductions.

Practical exercise: This is what I do.


10:00 What can you write? Where can you write it? What is an Op-Ed?

Practical exercise: What am I trying to say?


11.00 Language: Difficult subjects in simple terms.

Practical exercise: My favourite word.


11.30 How to make your text interesting. News criteria, translated to academic tribespeak.

Practical exercise: This is why my text is worth reading.


12.30 Lunch.


13.30 Feedback on submitted texts.


14.30 Why you should be a part of the public debate.

Practical exercise: My favourite explanation.


15.00 How to attract your readers. Tips for headlines and openings.

Practical exercise: This is my new headline.


16.00 The End.

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