Bridging the Two Cultures: Creative Writing About Scientific Matters

In 1959, C.P. Snow warned that the worlds of science and of letters were dangerously dividing as “the two cultures.” That gap continues to widen as modern writers and scientists pursue highly specialized, divergent career paths. But the need for communication across this divide has never been more urgent. Can creative writers enlighten readers about biology or physics, as manifested in the likes of climate change, epidemics, and extinctions? Can writers afford to ignore these realities in our work? We’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges of incorporating scientific information in fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, film and poetry. Bring examples that impressed you, or did not.

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