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Write Now! Residential course on popular writing about plant health

7th April 2020 at 2:00 pm - 9th April 2020 at 3:30 pm

Free – £260.00

Write Now! is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers. We welcome applications from plant pathologists and others with a shared interest in communicating the successes, challenges and future of plant health. The workshop is inspired by the International Year of Plant Health and is part of the BSPP’s on-going drive to provide practical training.

Based at Oxon Hoath, a lovely country house in Kent, you’ll learn how to develop writing skills and use photos to best effect. We’ll discuss a wide range of publishing formats, from short illustrated articles to blogs, educational and advisory material (fact and photosheets – see below).

Course tutors Eric Boa and Jeffery Bentley will work closely with each participant to convey clear messages in an attractive way. We’ll share our wide experience in helping people express themselves and how to showcase their work and that of others in compelling narratives.

We’ll consider all aspects of plant health, from basic to applied research, practical aspects and policy issues. Potential topics to write about could include the threat of new pests and diseases, the potential of new technologies; the significance of climate change to plant health, translating scientific information into practical advice for farmers, or the impact of major outbreaks on people, agriculture and the natural environment.

We’re open to all ideas and will discuss what you’ll write about at the  workshop. You’ll be given short practical exercises and we’ll share tips on writing, photography and design. At the end of the workshop we’ll combine short articles you’ve written into a book. We hope to publish a number of blogs on the BSPP website. We will print copies of the book for each of you and discuss how to do this on a limited budget.

Guest contributors to the workshop include Chris Young, the editor of The Garden. He’ll talk about his experiences of managing the UK’s leading horticultural magazine, commissioning articles and publishing in general. We’re also hoping, subject to availability, to have a professional photographer share tips and insights on using photographs to tell stories.

Interested? Come and join us!


Please provide your personal details below. Non-members pay slightly more. If you join now, member rates will apply. The fee includes full board and all materials. Payment details will be provided once your place is confirmed.

£220 for BSPP members

£260 for non-members (as shown when you register)

Places are limited (17). Contact Dr Eric Boa (e.boa@abdn.ac.uk) for any queries.

Click here to download a PDF poster.


7th April 2020 at 2:00 pm
9th April 2020 at 3:30 pm
Free – £260.00
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Oxon Hoath


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