Episode 3

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3rd Mar 2021

S.3 Ep.3 - Narratives in Science Writing

People love stories, but science writers might not consider their writing as a form of story telling.

In this episode, Niklas and Clay explore when narrative structures and techniques are valuable, why they are practical, and how to use narrative techniques in scientific and academic writing. Science writing might seem like you need to stick to the 'facts' or use what is referred to as 'anti-narrative' writing, but we go over some reasons for why narratives can help your research become more compelling for your reading audience.

We shared some visuals during this podcast, which can be seen on our YouTube Channel, or you can follow the first link below.

Show Resources

The Plot Spiral

https://www.annaclemens.com/blog/story-structure-scientific-paper

Narrative and "Anti-Narrative' in Science

https://academic.oup.com/icb/article/58/6/1224/5032878

Using Narratives and Storytelling to Communicate Science with Nonexpert audiences

https://www.pnas.org/content/111/Supplement_4/13614

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About the Podcast

It's going to be all write
Discussions about scientific and academic writing with Niklas and Clay
Niklas and Clay want to make scientific and academic writing enjoyable. We're Academic Writing Advisors at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and we're sharing our ideas and experiences about scientific writing. Our goal is to demystify writing processes, share tips to improve writing practices, and explore our own thoughts on challenges and opportunities in the field of academic communication for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students.

About your hosts

Clayton Gouin

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Clayton is a Ph.D candidate and Senior Writing Advisor at the NMBU Writing Centre

Niklas Mintorovitch

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Niklas is the NMBU Writing Centre Coordinator