The Science Writers’ Handbook: How freelance science writers stay solvent, stay sane, and tell stories that matter


Members and guests heard four co-authors of The Science Writers’ Handbook talk about how the project came together and what they learned in the process at the monthly NSWA meeting on June 12 at University House.

  • Virginia Gewin ( @VirginiaGewin ) covers environmental issues—from food security to acidifying oceans to endangered species—from her perch in Portland and wrote about achieving an elusive work-life balance for handbook.
  • Emma Marris ( @Emma_Marris ) is a freelance writer specializing in science and the environment and a resident-to-be of Klamath Falls, Oregon; she wrote about how to sell a book in the handbook.
  • Bryn Nelson @SeattleBryn ), a Seattle-based freelancer writer who specializes in science, environmental and medical reporting, wrote about avoiding domestic disasters with your significant other for the handbook.
  • Michelle Nijhuis ( @nijhuism ), an award-winning journalist and new resident of White Salmon, Wash., writes about science, the environment and the American West and served as co-editor for the handbook.

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