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It’s nearly painless
It’s nearly painless to become a Northwest Science Writers Association member and enjoy our members-only e-list, science events and more!

Here’s what you’ll be getting for your $30 annual NSWA dues:

  • Free or discounted admission to an expanding calendar of events: If you’re not a member, you’ll pay the full admission fee for public events. NSWA membership is require to attend some NSWA events, including our annual party.
  • NSWA’s members-only mailing list: a membership forum for trading information about upcoming science events as well as job openings, freelance gigs, and tips to sharpen your skills.
  • NSWA Member Directory: Paid members may choose to be listed in the NSWA directory for use by fellow members and others who might be in the market for writers or editors.
  • The opportunity to have your work highlighted in our member-writing section, ScienceWire.
  • Connect with other Pacific Northwest freelancers on the Northwest Science Writers Association freelance email list, where we discuss issues facing freelancers in our field and share calls for pitches, fellowship opportunities, and more. Subscribe by sending an email with “Subscribe to NSWA freelance list” in the subject line to
  • Perhaps most importantly, you’ll have a vote in NSWA board and officer elections, a say in how NSWA operates, and many opportunities to forge friendships and professional relationships with your colleagues in science writing.

Please consider joining or renewing at the $60 Benefactor level. Benefactor membership includes a $30 donation to support NSWA’s programs, including our annual Career Development Grants and Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know at

Questions about payments? E-mail the NSWA Treasurer at

You have these payment options:

  1. You can join online.
  2. You can mail us a check. Please include your name, e-mail address, affiliation, address and phone number. Email for the mailing address.