Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science (10w5057)


(University of Victoria)

(Smith College)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Creative Writing in Mathematics and Science" workshop from May 2 to 7, 2010.

The current spate of books (fiction as well as nonfiction), plays, and films about science and mathematics attests to the hunger of a broad public for informal access to mathematical and scientific ideas. This workshop seeks to expand and encourage the small community of writers actively seeking to engage the larger public in mathematics and science in a broadly creative way. To this end, we bring writers (many of them mathematicians) in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and journalism together to read, discuss, and critique each other’s unpublished work. Workshop activities will include a public reading.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí­a (CONACYT).