Assignment 2: A Prospectus for a Science Essay

For your researched science essay for the general public.

Due: One day after Session 10

Length: ~250 words (1 page)

The first stage in writing your science essay for the general public will be to develop and draft a prospectus. A prospectus is a valuable tool for writers, as it can help them develop their ideas and a feasible plan for a writing project. You will write a first version, meet with either me or the Writing Advisor to go over it, and then—if necessary—submit a revised version that shows you have a well thought out plan for the essay.

Your prospectus should describe each of the following in at least one paragraph:

  • The general topic of your essay and why you have chosen it.
  • The aspect of the topic or perspective you plan to focus on, and why.
  • Your target audience and the kind of journal or magazine you might envision this essay appearing in.
  • The basic purpose of the essay.
  • What you envision as the biggest challenges you’ll face in writing about this topic for a general audience.

It should be formatted as shown below, including the title and each of the bold-faced words or phrases as section headings:

Prospectus: For a science essay for the general public



Target Audience


Main Challenges

Use a standard 12 pt. font for the main text and 1.5 spacing of text within each section.

You should treat your prospectus as a guide for your science essay, rather than as a rigid “blueprint”. Some things may change, not only in response to comments on your prospectus, but even later through your research and drafting of the essay.

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2017
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples