Bill Thorness

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

I am a Seattle author, editor, speaker 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 have a two-hour video class on Craftsy.com that teaches many of the edible gardening techniques in my books.

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 a former instructor and am currently an advisor for the University of Washington’s certificate program in Editing.

I was honored with a “Sustainable Hero” award from Sustainable Seattle, primarily for my work 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.