Past events

We organize several events per year

Exploring the power of art and illustration in science storytelling

  From infographics to illustrations, images are an essential part of science communication. Pictures can explain concepts in a flash, illuminate a narrative or simply provide a quick visual thrill. But to many writers, the process of drawing, illustrating and telling...

Tour the Burke Museum Fish Collection

Natural history museums can only display a fraction of their treasures. The Burke Museum is no exception. It has more than 11 million preserved fish specimens from around the world, though many of them hail from the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, and Pacific...

NSWA Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting

NSWA celebrated the new year on Jan. 11 at a Seattle landmark that has wowed science fans of all ages for more than 50 years, the Pacific Science Center. The event was a chance to connect with science writers from all around the Pacific Northwest. Members and guests...

Reliving WCSJ 2017 with Rebecca Randall and Ian Haydon

Members and guests joined Ian Haydon and Rebecca Randall, our 2017 NSWA career development award winners,  on Nov. 28 for an evening discussion recapping the World Conference of Science Journalists last month in San Francisco. Ian and Rebecca both used their awards to...

Selling your book idea with a science and nature focus

Members and guests joined us on Oct. 24 at the Seattle Times building to learn more about the book-publishing industry. The panel of speakers included: Elizabeth Wales of the Seattle-based Wales Literary Agency Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Seattle author of Crow Planet and four...

Mastering the Art & Business of Freelancing

A panel of five science writers spoke about the art and business of freelancing on Sept. 19 at Hugo House. According to the Freelancers Union, 54 million Americans are freelancers. What does it take to start — and maintain — a successful freelance career in 2017?...

Walking the Denny Regrade with David B. Williams

Within 50 years of the Denny party’s arrival in Seattle, the city undertook several massive projects which permanently changed the topography of the city. Between 1898 and 1930, Seattle completed perhaps the most audacious engineering change by...

Science, Fact Checking, and the News

With the birth of “alternative facts” and the recent surge of interest in fact-checking the news, the pressure is high for the media and communicators to get their stories straight. The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington and the Northwest Science...

Marching for Science, Walking a Fine Line

Like journalists, scientists have generally shied away from taking public positions on matters of policy or issues outside the specifics of their own work. The growing politicization of science, potentially massive funding cuts, and the upcoming March for Science are...

“Life” with Mark Owen Martin at Sundance Cinema

Members and guests saw "Life" with Mark Owen Martin, associate professor of biology at the University of Puget Sound, on April 15 at Sundance Cinema. After the movie, we headed to Blue Moon Tavern to dissect the science. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and...

Narrative and International Reporting with Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan

On Feb. 8, members and guests dove into two aspects of the craft of storytelling—longform narrative and international reporting—with the 2016 winners of our career development awards, Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan. The Lab at Ada's Technical Books hosted the event....