Science and nature writing at Kenyon empowers students to become skilled storytellers who can communicate complex scientific issues to a general audience. In this interdisciplinary program, students write artfully, creatively, and with precision about the natural world.   

Building on Kenyon’s renowned writing program, the science and nature writing program cultivates a vibrant literary science community and situates scientific knowledge and its discovery within the liberal arts tradition. In courses across the college, students explore genres ranging from nature writing and science poetry to popular science writing and biomedical narrative. Working closely with faculty and each other, Kenyon students learn to communicate the narratives that underpin STEM research and enrich the stories they tell with scientific detail.

Science is fueled, energized and understood through storytelling ... narrative helps to spark our curiosity, igniting interest in questions by framing them in new directions.

The Hoskins Frame Summer Science Writing Scholars

Open to students with interests in both science and creative expression, the summer program provides opportunities to work in close collaboration with mentors in creative writing, the natural sciences and Kenyon's Office of Communications.

Kenyon will develop a science-writing initiative with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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  • The Poetics of Science

    A recent issue of the Kenyon Review literary magazine focused on poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama inspired by science.

  • Lyceum

    A creative science community publishes volumes of Kenyon student writing inspired by science.

  • A Lesson in Taxidermy

    Read about what dissecting her first bird taught biology major Sarah Jean McPeek '19 about evolution and fragility.

  • BFEC Newsletter

    A seasonal newsletter published by Kenyon's Brown Family Environmental Center includes articles focusing on science and nature.