While creative writing MFA programs are on the rise, master’s-level science writing programs have been facing elimination across the country–including at Johns Hopkins, which cancelled its one-year MA in science writing in 2013. But administrations change, priorities shift, and changes are made… and luckily for aspiring science writers out there, the Hopkins science writing program is back in a new form.
In contrast to the old science writing program, the new iteration will follow a low-residency/online format. That means students will mostly take classes online, but will gather each year (or perhaps more often) for an intensive, on-site experience. A graduate certificate in science writing program will also be offered.
“We have been teaching science-medical writing very well since 1992,” David Everett, director of the MA in Writing program at Hopkins, told the Hopkins Hub, “but only those who lived in the area could benefit from it. Now, students anywhere can enjoy Hopkins quality in a convenient, flexible way, with some exciting residencies added to the equation.” This is good news for all the rest of us, too — since people who are not scientists need skilled, well-trained writers to translate complicated concepts into language we can make sense of.
The sad news is, longtime Hopkins science writing professor Ann Finkbeiner does not appear to be returning.
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