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Fall 2011-2012
JRN 441 / ENV 441 / STC 441 (LA)   na, npdf

The McGraw Seminar in Writing - Measuring the Green Fuse: Writing about Science and Nature

James M. Gorman


The natural world cannot be explained without science, but writers are often inspired by a personal connection to nature. How do they fit together? We will examine common ideas about nature and how we come by them. We will talk about what a magazine, newspaper or website editor looks for in news, feature and essay writing. Our emphasis will be on writing for publication. There will be a visit to The New York Times.

Sample reading list:
Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams
Bernd Heinrich, Ravens in Winter
Robert Sullivan, The Meadowlands
Jonathan Weiner, The Next 100 Years
Bill McKibben, The End of Nature

Reading/Writing assignments:
6-8 hours of preparation a week, consisting of reading and writing. Six short pieces and one longer one. Bi-weekly individual meetings with the professor.

Papers - 70%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment by application:

Other information:
James Gorman '71 is science writer at large for the New York Times. He has written on myriad topics, including the biological sciences, evolution, oceans, dinosaurs and environmental health.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22383 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Henry House   15   Enrolled:14 Limit:16