Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop

May 6 to 11, 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico

*** The next workshop will be May 5 to 10, 2014. Please check back here and watch Latest updates as details develop . . .

photo by Terry Asher

We are now taking applications for the 18th annual Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, which will begin on Monday evening, May 6, 2013, and run through Saturday morning, May 11, in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico. The workshop is directed by

George Johnson, a New York Times science writer, whose nine books include The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments and (forthcoming) The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery

and Sandra Blakeslee, a New York Times science writer and co-author of The Body Has a Mind of its Own (with Matthew Blakeslee), Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions, and many other books.

This year's lineup will also include Jamie Shreeve, executive science editor for National Geographic Magazine and the author of The Neandertal Enigma and other books

Paul Raeburn, chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker, former science editor and chief science correspondent for the Associated Press, and the author of three books

and Robert Lee Hotz, the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal and an award-winning science writer for the Los Angeles Times

We'll also be joined during part of the workshop by David Corcoran, editor of the Science Times section of the New York Times. and Christie Aschwanden, who will conduct a special session on freelancing.

Please see the latest updates for details.

photo by David Fanning

Read about last year's workshop.


How to apply.

2013 daily schedule.

2013 Class list.

Latest updates.


The movie.

Last year's daily schedule and class list.

Photos from the past.


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Previous workshops have attracted students from all over the country (and some from India, Japan, Australia, Canada, France, Britain, Switzerland, and Kenya). Some were science writers who wanted to hone their skills and meet more of their colleagues or work on a book proposal. Some were writers from other fields hoping to make the switch to science writing. Some were public information specialists from universities and government laboratories. And some were scientists who wondered if they might like writing more than research.

Past instructors have included Tim Appenzeller, the magazine editor of Nature; David Dobbs, who writes about science and other matters for Wired, the Atlantic, National Geographic, and other publications; Maryn McKenna, a journalist and author specializing in infectious disease, public health, global health and food policy; Gareth Cook, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the editor of the Ideas section of the Boston Sunday Globe; Cornelia Dean, senior writer for the New York Times specializing in environmental issues and science policy and the paper's former science editor; Adam Rogers, senior editor for Wired magazine; Daniel Engber, science writer and editor for Slate; Jamie Shreeve, a senior editor for National Geographic Magazine; Frank Clifford, former environment editor for the Los Angeles Times; Benedict Carey, psychology and cognitive science reporter for the New York Times; Erika Check Hayden, senior reporter for Nature; Jennifer Ouellette, author of Black Bodies and Quantum Cats and director of The Science & Entertainment Exchange; Laura Helmuth, senior science editor for Smithsonian magazine; David Kestenbaum, a science correspondent for National Public Radio; Kenneth R. Weiss, an environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting; John Horgan, the director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology and the author of The End of Science and The Undiscovered Mind; Charles Petit, a former science writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and U.S. News and World Report; Peter Lewis, whose many positions have included senior editor and technology columnist for Fortune magazine and assistant science editor for the New York Times; Tim Appenzeller, science editor for National Geographic; Shankar Vedantam, a national correspondent writing about science and human behavior for the Washington Post; Judy Foreman, a nationally syndicated health columnist whose work appears in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers; Denise Grady, health and medicine reporter for the New York Times; Michael Lemonick, senior science writer for Time magazine and author of The Light at the Edge of the Universe; Joe Palca, senior science correspondent for National Public Radio; Laura Chang, science editor of the New York Times; Kenneth Chang, a science reporter for the New York Times, covering chemistry, geology, solid state physics, nanotechnology, and other topics; Glennda Chui, science writer for the San Jose Mercury News; Peter Petre, senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine, overseeing coverage of infotech, biotech, medicine, industrial technology, and science; Keay Davidson, science writer for The San Francisco Chronicle and author of Carl Sagan: A Life; Erica Goode, behavioral science writer for The New York Times; Margaret Wertheim,author of The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace and a freelance science writer for numerous publications like New Scientist, Salon, and The Sciences; Robin Marantz Henig, a freelance magazine writer specializing in the life sciences and the author of The Monk in the Garden; Rosie Mestel, a medical writer and columnist for The Los Angeles Times; Andrew Revkin, environmental writer for The New York Times and author of The Burning Season; Deborah Blum, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and University of Wisconsin journalism professor; Shannon Brownlee, a former senior writer at U.S. News & World Report; Philip Elmer-DeWitt, assistant managing editor in charge of science, medicine, and technology coverage for Time magazine; Dr. Lawrence K. Altman, chief medical correspondent for The New York Times; K.C. Cole of The Los Angeles Times; Pulitzer-prize-winner John Noble Wilford of the The New York Times; Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer-prize-winning reporter for Newsday; Richard Harris, Peabody-Award-winning science reporter for National Public Radio; Dennis Overbye, deputy science editor for The New York Times and author of Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos; Rick Weiss, science writer for The Washington Post; Natalie Angier, science correspondent for The New York Times and winner of the Pulitzer prize; Jon Franklin, two-time Pulitzer prize winner and professor of creative writing at the University of Oregon; Paul Hoffman, former editor-in-chief of Discover magazine; Cornelia Dean, science editor of The New York Times; and Timothy Ferris, author of The Whole Shebang: A State of the Universe(s) Report and Coming of Age in the Milky Way.

Please burrow into our Web site and see what we did in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, and 1996. Ghost Ranch Santa Fe and The Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop are nonprofit organizations.

photo by Mitzi Baker

(The background image on our main page is from a Social Realist mural inside the administration building at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It was painted in the 1930s as part of the WPA or "New Deal" Art Project by an artist named Lloyd Moylan.)