Catalysts for Science PolicyThe Writer In Residence program aims to spark accurate, diverse and positive portraits of science and scientists within mass media entertainment.


  • Connect Industry Professionals with Researchers in the Lab
  • Innovate unique STEM narratives
  • Increase Diverse Representations of STEM Characters in Media
  • Engage cutting edge research into the creative arts
  • Support STEM accuracy in entertainment

Programming: The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) is committed to discovering and inspiring through interdisciplinary research conducted in a dynamic, collaborative community. Housed within the award-winning Discovery Building, WID celebrates collaborations across campus, nationally and internationally. WID’s vast research areas within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) provides a host of new pathways to support STEM entertainment. Programming focuses on connecting writers to scientists in the lab. Inspired by Method Acting techniques, Science to Script utilizes hands-on lab experience for writers while creating an environment for science accuracy and creative muse through on-site fact checking and brainstorming with UW-Madison researchers.


Hollywood Writer’s Residency

Through immersive lab experiences, entertainment writers experience the culture, people, activities and substance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Residency Details:

  • One Month Lab Shadowing
  • Networking with Scientists, Engineers or Mathematicians
  • An office at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
  • Housing Provided
  • Flexible timeline – determined based on writer and scientist availability

2022 Residency applications are open on a rolling basis. Scriptwriters, playwrights, authors and musicians encouraged to apply.



Stay tuned for our next Speed-Sciencing event. An opportunity for entertainment professionals to experience lightening style discussions from leading UW-Madison Scientists.