Bringing together scientists and writers


NeuWrite is an international network of working groups for scientists, writers, radio producers, and filmmakers. NeuWrite’s mission is to develop science communicators from all backgrounds that can convey scientific complexities with compelling narrative and accurate science.



The core of NeuWrite is the writer’s workshop. Each group meets regularly to discuss and critique member projects at all stages—from pitching to editors to final revisions. NeuWrite groups also produce original writing and podcasts, invite veteran science communicators to discuss their craft, and organize public events to further the understanding of science. Here's some of our members' recent work:


The Cognition, Learning, and Plasticity Lab at Oxford University

The Cognition, Learning, and Plasticity Lab at Oxford University

For Children Who Have Suffered Strokes, a New Therapy Emerges

Hannah Furfaro, The Wall street journal

Adam Kirton, a pediatric neurologist in Calgary, Alberta, has seen first-hand the devastating effects that strokes can have on a child’s brain. Lifelong paralysis and a form of cerebral palsy can result, and treatment options are few...



With Genetic Testing, Everyone May Have a Pre-Existing Condition

maryam zaringhalam, slate

The American Health Care Act allows states to opt out of the popular Obamacare provision that bans insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions...What their calculations don’t yet consider are the could-be conditions embedded in our DNA...  

Illustration by Louis Zergaeng Pomeroy

Illustration by Louis Zergaeng Pomeroy

The Living Dead: Bacteria and the Mysteries of the Departed

Peter andrey smith, New york times magazine

The bright aseptic room smelled of Pine-Sol and bleach and overripe Camembert. A white-bearded man lay on a stainless-steel examination table, his face angled toward the skylight and the cold, cloudless morning... 

Hans Gerwitz/Flickr

Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Are

Seth stephens-Davidowitz (Del street books)

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a Harvard-trained economist, former Google data scientist, and New York Times writer, argues that much of what we thought about people has been dead wrong. The reason?  People lie, to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys—and themselves...


NeuWrite was founded in 2009 at Columbia University by students and postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Neuroscience in collaboration with students in the non-fiction and poetry MFA programs. NeuWrite quickly became a noted forum for interdisciplinary work, attracting academics from institutions across New York City (including Rockefeller, Mt. Sinai, CUNY, SUNY and NYU), as well as professionals from media platforms such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American Mind, and The Story Collider. 

NeuWrite has since expanded to include other universities and cities, including NYU, Stanford, Boston, San Diego, Philadelphia, London, and Portland, Oregon. If you're interested in joining or forming a group in your area, please contact us.