The Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand is excited to announce the launch of a new distance (online) degree for its Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication in Creative Nonfiction Writing, with applications now being accepted for 2017. This two-semester (one-year) certificate programme, consisting of two taught papers (courses) and a professional internship, is ideal for aspiring nonfiction writers wishing to develop their existing skill set while learning about the science-writing industry. As a distance student with full access to the University of Otago's electronic library resources, you'll acquire invaluable tricks of the trade, receive editorial feedback on your written work, and become part of a supportive online science writers community, giving you the competitive edge in becoming a successful communicator in this rapidly growing field. Courses are taught and led by the Centre’s accomplished staff: Jesse Bering (essayist for Scientific AmericanSlate, and many others and the author of such high-profile books as PERV, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, the critically acclaimed Why is the Penis Shaped like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human, and The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life, named one of the 25 Best Books of the Year by the American Library Association) and Lloyd Spencer Davis (author of the New Zealand Children’s Book of the Year The Plight of the Penguin and the award-winning Looking for Darwin). For further information about the Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication in Creative Nonfiction Writing, including instructions on how to apply for the new distance degree option, please visit the following link http://www.otago.ac.nz/study/enrolment/ or email sciencecommunication@otago.ac.nz.
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