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Based in Helsinki, NeuWrite Nordic draws on the particular cultural and social orientations of science and the arts in the Nordic region to nurture existing and rising talent, helping science writers in the region address local concerns while also attracting global audiences.

When? Where?

Oodi Library entrance

Workshop salons

NeuWrite Nordic hosts dinner workshop salons on the second Thursday evening of every month. The workshop salons are hybrid events, with participants meeting in-person at Oodi Central Library in downtown Helsinki (food and drink provided) or joining the Oodi meetings via Zoom. Regional meetings in other locations are also planned. Each salon begins with an informal dinner hour followed by a workshop of draft texts of various kinds currently under development by participants in NeuWrite Nordic. Sometimes the workshop group also reads exemplary published works by master writers and discusses their techniques.

 

Texts for workshopping

Draft texts to be workshopped should come from works-in-progress that deal with science in almost any genre intended for a non-specialist audience, and that present writing challenges to their authors that would make transdisciplinary group feedback useful. Each text, or section of a text, to be workshopped can have a length of up to 5000 words. Currently the focus is on English-language texts that can help Nordic-based work achieve a wide impact. Workshops in Nordic languages are a possible future development for the project. Texts are submitted for consideration in advance by interested participants, and are reviewed and scheduled for workshopping as appropriate by the NeuWrite Nordic director in consultation with the advisory board.

 

Apply to participate

To apply to participate, please send us a description of your relevant professional activity, writing experience, and reasons for wanting to join, via email. It is not necessary to have a current work-in-progress to begin attending the workshops; however, you should have in mind future work that you could submit. Participants should plan on attending the monthly meetings regularly.

 

Support

NeuWrite Nordic is supported by a generous grant from

Upcoming workshop salons


2024

⚪️ May 16

Due to Ascension Day falling on the 2nd Thursday this month, instead we will meet on the 3rd Thursday, which is May 16.

⚪️ June 13

⚪️ August 8

⚪️ September 12

⚪️ October 10

⚪️ November 14

⚪️ December 12


Past workshop salons


2024


☑️ April 11

Topic: Writing about patterns of synchrony in animal and human behavior. Workshop report coming soon.


☑️ March 14

Topic: How to market science topics to general audiences that don't want to hear about them—especially when the topic is aging and death! Workshop report coming soon.


☑️ February 8

Topic: How can we use ourselves as characters to help audiences explore the unknown in science? Read: The February workshop report.


☑️ January 11

Topic: What explains the public fall of trust in science, and what is the proper role of science in society? Read: The January workshop report.


2023


☑️ December 14

Topic: Scientific creative writing vs. creative scientific writing—what's the difference? Read: The December workshop report.


☑️ November 9

Topic: Medical progress. Read: The November workshop report.


☑️ October 12

Topic: Reaching disinterested or resistant readers. Read: The October workshop report.


☑️ September 14

Topic: The subjective entanglement of experimental observer and experimental object Writing technique: Collaborative generation of hypothesis and theory


☑️ August 10

Topic: The culture of science as a profession Writing technique: Fantasy fiction


☑️ June 8

Topic: Climate change Writing technique: Dramatic scenes


☑️ May 5

Topic: Diseases, viruses, and drug delivery Writing technique: Communicating with children as a basis for communicating with adults


☑️ April 4

Topic: Genetic engineering and identity Writing technique: Speculative fiction


☑️ March 9

Topic: Scientific paradigm shifts Writing technique: Empowering counter-ideas


☑️ February 9

Topic: Mathematics Writing technique: Humor


☑️ January 12

Topic: Mental health Writing technique: Dramatic narrative tension