Online Writing Course Returns for 6th year

In addition to her classroom expertise, Dr. Cagle is also a naturalist and ecologist.Dr. Nicolette Cagle designed the Writing for Environmental Professionals class six years ago.Clear, concise messaging is essential for interpretive signage such as this 2017 project for the Duke Forest.

Who hasn’t experienced writer’s block at some point? Or struggled with how to construct a persuasive argument? From emails to technical writing to Twitter posts, writing skills are essential communication tools in the environmental professional’s toolbox.

Dr. Nicolette Cagle, an ecologist, naturalist, and Director of Duke’s Nicholas School Communications Studio, knows the writing process inside and out. Her 7-week class “Writing for Environmental Professionals”, open to all professionals as a continuing education offering, takes students through the process of creating, refining, and workshopping their own pieces of writing.  Students can hone their skills and complete a writing project of their own choosing, learning from personalized feedback and peer review from classmates,

This course is appropriate for managers, scientists, educators, and graduate-level students who conduct work in environmental fields.

“Professor Cagle’s course provides excellent fundamental skills to refresh your writing in a collaborative and supportive environment”, said Catherine Kastleman, a community public health specialist, who completed the class and the Environmental Communications Certificate.  Becky S., DEL-MEM ’14, a student in Dr. Cagle’s inaugural class, says the guidance she received led to the publication of the Coal Free Massachusetts project report Brayton Point Coal Plant: Operating at Our Expense

Dr. Cagle’s next Writing class will run from March 12 through April 27, 2018. More information and registration is available at: