The Kenyon Institute has announced a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in biomedical and scientific writing. The Kenyon Institute has also announced the winner of the Kenyon Institute Fellowship, who will travel to campus for the Kenyon Playwrights Conference, to be held in June.
Beginning in November, the scientific writing program will bring a series of intensive writing seminars to the Research Institute at the Nationwide Children’s campus. The seminars will be based on the summer Kenyon Institute workshops and led by experienced researchers and authors.
“We’ve built the courses to support a culture of excellent scientific writing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one that can lead directly to greater productivity in publication,” said Christopher Gillen, professor of biology and director of the Kenyon Institute biomedical writing program. “Our programs introduce the first-time author to scientific writing strategies, assist experienced writers in making their work clearer and more compelling, and help mentors become better writing coaches of junior faculty and trainees.”
Program elements include one-day intensive introductions to scientific writing principles; a month-long manuscript revision course for researchers nominated by their departments; and opportunities for Nationwide Children’s researchers and physicians to attend the Biomedical and Scientific Writing workshop at Kenyon in June.
The Nationwide Children’s program expects to train almost 100 physicians and researchers in its first year and will track publication and qualitative writing outcomes to determine future program offerings.
The Kenyon Institute also is announcing the winner of the Kenyon Institute Fellowship, awarded by the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and the Royal Exchange Theatre in London. The winner, Chris Urch, whose play, “The Rolling Stone,” won a Judges Award in the 2013 Bruntwood Prize, will attend the Kenyon Playwrights Conference in June 2015 as a representative of the Royal Exchange Theatre. Urch’s most recent play, “Land of Our Fathers,” recently enjoyed a sell-out run at the Trafalgar Studios in London.
“I'm delighted to be representing the Royal Exchange as part of the Kenyon Institute Fellowship in summer 2015 and to work with some incredible creatives who will be coming together for this remarkable program,” he said. “It's a rare opportunity and one I will relish.”
The Kenyon Playwrights Conference brings together three recognized theater companies from the U.S. and U.K. every summer, with the aim of supporting the development of new plays. This year’s participating companies are Paines Plough in London, Playwrights Horizons out of New York and California-based La Jolla Playhouse.