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Psychology Writing Workshop at EASP

easpOn July 12, I will be traveling to Stockholm to join with Ap Dijksterhuis in running a psychology writing workshop at the meeting of the European Association for Social Psychology. The workshop is intended for psychological scientists who are interested in learning explanatory writing for a general audience. At this point, there are still openings, so please join us. Here are the details, including a description by the organizers:

Small Group Meeting: Writing and Communicating with the General Public

Organizers: In-Mind Magazine; Jill Janssen, Sanne Pennings, Reine van der Wal (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Hans IJzerman (VU University, Amsterdam)

Date: July 12, 2011

Location:  Scandic Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Social psychological research can be of great value to today’s society, but this is often lost on the greater public. To aid social psychologists in reaching a large, general audience, In-Mind magazine will organize an EASP preconference workshop on Writing and Communicating with the General Public. This preconference workshop aims to support EASP-members by offering a unique skill: the ability to engage a broad audience. This skill is important for communicating important scientific findings to the media, for turning scientific ideas into successful grant proposals, and more.

Two high-profiled scientific writers will supervise the preconference workshop: APS’s Wray Herbert, author of On Second Thought,  and Ap Dijksterhuis, professor at Radboud University Nijmegen and author of The Smart Unconscious.  During this workshop, participants will write a manuscript on a social psychology topic of their choice—but one aimed at the general public. Participants will write a first draft of their manuscript before the workshop, and then during the workshop, Herbert and Dijksterhuis will provide hands-on tips on how to clarify and enliven the writing. Following the workshop, participants will receive further assistance from In-Mind editors, resulting in publication of the articles in the online journal In-Mind. To get an impression of the magazine, please take a look at www.in-mind.org.

Please send your registration (with name, university, and department) to Reine van der Wal (r.vanderwal@psych.ru.nl). Register quickly, as we only have 30 spots available! Following registration, we invite you to submit a manuscript to Reine van der Wal as well. Registration fees for EASP members is €45;  €60 for non-members. Price includes (a nice!) lunch and coffee break.

Reine van der Wal, Jill Janssen, (J.E.P.Janssen@student.ru.nl), and Sanne Pennings (S.Pennings@student.ru.nl) are happy to answer any inquiries related to the workshop.

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