Science Literacy Week 2020 will take place September 21 to 27 across Canada. As part of this year’s diverse celebrations, the Kingston Public Library (KFPL) is hosting Lindsey Carmichael, author of The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome, for an online presentation of A Book is an Iceberg: Research Skills for Writers.
This online presentation through KFPL is geared to writers from all genres, according to a media release dated Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, and requires registration.
“This is our first Zoom presentation for writers, and we’re very excited,” shared Anne Hall, Librarian, Programming & Outreach. “Lindsey’s advice will be valuable to a wide range of writers.”
Mystery writers investigate police procedure and murder methods, while historical novelists need to know what their characters would wear and eat, and how they’d fit into real-life events, KFPL said in the release. Memoirists read up on the times they’ve lived through before starting on an autobiography. Writers of nonfiction, whether writing about politics in the Middle East or government policy on COVID-19, must know the background of their particular subject as well as the current thinking of experts in that field.
Science writer Lindsey Carmichael estimates she takes notes on about ten per cent of the research material she reads for a given project, and that about ten per cent of the information in those notes will appear in the final book. Now she’ll reveal the hidden ninety per cent.
In this online presentation Carmichael will introduce primary and secondary sources, and discuss strategies for vetting research into emotionally-loaded topics — like climate change and vaccination — in the age of Google and “fake news.” Writers of all sorts, published or not, can ask about any aspect of research or creative writing. They will receive expert advice on challenges they experience in their own work.
A Book is an Iceberg: Research Skills for Writers is aimed at adults and will run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Register online at calendar.kfpl.ca or by phone at (613) 549-8888. A Zoom link and password will be shared with registrants by email the day before the presentation.
What is Science Literacy Week?
From the Science Literace Week website: “Science Literacy Week showcases the diversity of Canadian science and the culture it’s embedded in. Libraries, museums, science centres, schools and not-for-profits come together to highlight the books, movies, podcasts and events that convey the excitement and influence of science in our everyday lives. It’s about each and everyone’s unique relationship with science and how they live it.”