Bill Thorness

Hi, I’m your host, Bill Thorness. Thanks for visiting my site.

I am a Seattle author, editor and freelance writer.

I’ve written two bicycling guidebooks, two gardening books, a business-leader’s profile and numerous articles for periodicals and web publications. I’m also a veteran book, magazine and web editor, and perform writing and editing duties for corporate clients and publishers. I’ve been working in these fields in Seattle since 1985.

I also give regular presentations and workshops on gardening, bicycling and writing topics.

I’m a ride leader for Cascade Bicycle Club, publications consultant for The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas and an advisor for the University of Washington’s certificate program in Editing. I’m active in a number of greening organizations, including Master Gardeners and the King County Seed Lending Library.

In January 2014 I was honored with the Sustainable Hero award from Sustainable Seattle, primarily for my work in 2013 on the Solarize Seattle: Northwest campaign, but they were kind enough to mention my biking and gardening books and other work that I’ve done for nonprofit organizations.

See my upcoming talks and events.


Selected periodicals:

  • The Seattle Times
  • Edible Seattle magazine
  • PCC Sound Consumer
  • Seattle Met magazine

Selected clients:

  • Fenwick Publishing
  • FTI Consulting
  • Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas
  • King County Medical Society
  • MarshBerry
  • Mountaineers Books
  • Neibart Group
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Sasquatch Books
  • University of Washington


Contact me via email for speaking invitations or more information on my work.