Instructor: Iversen     Online ASYNC

Why is it so easy for unproven, unscientific debates and arguments to gain momentum? Why are people more willing to believe that vaccines are bad for their children, or that global warming is a hoax, than to trust the science and data that contradicts it? One answer is that transforming the hard, factual language of science into compelling and engaging narrative is no simple task.

In this course we will explore the full spectrum of science and nature writing in creative nonfiction, from the lyric naturalist observations of Thoreau and Dillard, to the more informative research-based writings of Solnit, Skloot, and others. Together we will examine the ways that science, research, and natural observation can be woven into writing that is both factual and lyrical, and used to deeply connect the personal experience to the larger, more global one—often serving to more successfully illuminate both.

Take this class. Possibly save the planet. Let’s go.