NSWA members and guests joined the following panel of science writers at our monthly meeting on Dec. 10 to discuss freelancing.

  • Ashley Braun works full time as a writer and editor at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration in Seattle. But since 2011, she’s been a freelancing for a number of science and environmental news publications, including Discover Magazine, Popular Science online, Natural History Magazine, and Earth Touch News. She has a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science and Spanish degree from Notre Dame.
  • Sarah DeWeerdt‘s writing has appeared in a variety of publications including Nature, SFARI.org, Nautilus, and Conservation. She’s especially interested in stories about the natural world and our place in it, but she has also written about autism, genomics, and really tiny computer circuits, to name a few topics. Sarah holds a B.A. in biology and English literature from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in science writing from the Johns Hopkins University, and has been freelancing for over 15 years.
  • Eric Scigliano has written for Northwest newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. His articles have appeared in Harper’s, Technology Review, New Scientist, and The New York Times. They have received Livingston, Kennedy, and American Association for the Advancement of Science writing honors. His books include Puget Sound: Sea Between the Mountains, Love War and Circuses, Michelangelo’s Mountain and, with Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Flotsametrics.
  • David B. Williams is a freelance writer based in Seattle. He is the author of several books, many articles, gobs of blogs, and tiny handful of tweets. He also works at the Burke Museum and leads walking tours.