This short note on practice reflects on how “research narrative” is a much-used, but misunderstood term. Compelling stories about our research are important: for public-facing communications and for academic tenure confirmation and promotion. They are also important for researchers to gain a clearer sense of their own vision and values in the research process: they are not just a communication skill, they’re a career skill. But often researchers in STEM disciplines do not have the practical skills to write stories. We draw on our own practice as creative writers to share some simple and effective methods to bring arts expertise into STEM research narratives.

Author/Artist Bio

Associate Professor Kim Wilkins is a Reader in Writing and Publishing at the University of Queensland. Dr Helen Marshall is a Senior Lecturer in Writing and Publishing at the University of Queensland. Together, they have worked with a range of stakeholders across university, industry, and government to help scientists and engineers identify problems and ideate solutions more effectively. Between them, they are the authors of dozens of novels and short stories.

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