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Share your big ideas on how to improve where you live or highlight a story important to your community by writing for The Urbanist

Readers and supporters of The Urbanist hold a wealth of great ideas about how to improve the cities where we live. As managing editor, I’m constantly struck by how many successful op-ed, article, and essay ideas come up in conversation at our meetups and other events — and I know so much more untapped potential exists.

That’s why I’m leading the charge to welcome more volunteer writers into our fold. As a volunteer writer for The Urbanist, you can join a writing community in which you’ll be supported through all stages of the writing process and produce a piece of work that you can feel proud of — one that will be read by people across the Puget Sound region and beyond, including a significant number of decision-makers.

Feeling inspired? Then check out our newly updated Write for Us page, which outlines some of themes we are seeking pitches on and our writing guidelines. I’ll be also hosting a series of volunteer writer orientations in which we will discuss tips on crafting op-eds, engaging in research, and vetting topics to write about. While the information will be very helpful for writing for The Urbanist, it will also be useful for other writing endeavors you may have in your sights.

The orientations will each be about 30 minutes long and held online. Please register in advance to let me know you’re coming. Also, don’t worry if none of the dates work for you. Contact me at natalie [at] theurbanist.org to receive the orientation materials.

Summer 2022 Volunteer Writer Orientation Dates

Tuesday, 7/26/22 – 12:30-1pm

Wednesday, 8/10/22 – 6-6:30pm

Tuesday, 8/23/22 – 12:30-1pm

Thursday, 9/8/22 – 6-6:30pm

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for The Urbanist!

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Natalie Bicknell Argerious (she/her) is Managing Editor at The Urbanist. A passionate urban explorer since childhood, she loves learning how to make cities more inclusive, vibrant, and environmentally resilient. You can often find her wandering around Seattle's Central District and Capitol Hill with her dogs and cat. Email her at natalie [at] theurbanist [dot] org.