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 active in a number of organizations, including Master Gardeners, Seattle Tree Fruit Society, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Ballard Food Bank, Plant Amnesty and the King County Seed Lending Library. I’m an advisor for the University of Washington’s certificate program in Editing.

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. I also am a recipient of the Maxwell Anderson Alumni Award from my alma mater, the University of North Dakota.

See upcoming talks on my Events and Media page.


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.