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Bryn Nelson is a former microbiologist whose love of translating science into stories inspired him to become a science journalist in 1999. While a staff writer at Newsday, Nelson won awards for a long-form feature about a toddler with a traumatic brain injury, and for his role in a yearlong ecology series about the natural world. As a freelance writer and editor, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, High Country News, MSNBC.com and many other publications. He shares a renovated craftsman bungalow in Seattle with his partner, Geoff, and a lively dog named Piper.

2 responses to “It’s a job, not a hobby: your identity as a writer”

  1. Joe Schmitt

    You nailed it on the head Bryn!

  2. Jill U Adams

    Bryn, This is so funny and not funny at the same time.

    I remember when I showed my father-in-law, a physician-researcher, a feature article I wrote for Nature. He was duly impressed, but also flabbergasted — “They let you write whatever you want?” He knew I wasn’t on staff, and he simply couldn’t grasp that I’d been assigned to report the piece, been edited, and indeed, that I had been working as a member of the Nature team.

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