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Bill Clayton

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States


I've been writing professionally for more than 30 years. I have a particular knack for
translating complex subject matter into easily understood reading, so my credits
include work for adult and juvenile markets.

My education included communications and engineering -- a background that has
enabled me to develop a specialty in science writing. HOWEVER, I've had great
success in writing comic non-fiction and fiction. I combined my two strengths --
science and comic writing -- in "Seize the Day," an article about living with
epilepsy, which won a national award: the 1999 Distinguished Journalism Award for
Magazine Reporting. (Previous winners came from The New York Times, "60
Minutes," The Boston Globe and a number of other notable sources.) The comic
aspect of the story kept it from becoming dark.

Currently, I'm the editor for the Michigan Engineer, the magazine published by the
University of Michigan College of Engineering. I also write and edit content for the
College of Engineering Web site.

Prior to taking the University of Michigan job, I freelanced full-time as a writer and
editor(eight years). I 've also been Editor-in-Chief for Adventurer magazine, a
national publication for car/truck owners; CardiSense, a national health/lifestyle
newsletter; and Response, a regional newsletter for direct marketers.

I'm a regular contributor to a number of magazines. My topics have been diverse --
I've written about flow cytometers, and the Muppets; 3-D position-sensitive gamma-
ray spectrometers, and the ghosts of Detroit; vegetable-based metal-working fluids,
and the use of wooden nickels in advertising. In short, my work has covered a lot of

Ive interviewed celebrities and everyday Joes -- James Michener, Ken Follett,
astronaut-senator Jake Garn, Lillian Gish, corporate CEOs, UAW assembly
workers, disabled engineers, amateur hockey players and kite enthusiasts.

I'm talented and experienced, but I made the mistake of writing about so many
different topics that I miss out on assignments that, according to editors, require a
specialist. But I CAN write about anything. Call me. I'll prove it to you.

Interests: Science writing, and comic non-fiction and fiction, for adult AND juvenile markets

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Kettle Thief
  • The Next Time Around
  • Nonfiction

  • Bitter Bills -- The Long Struggle to Achieve Equality in Women\'s Healthcare
  • Where Robots Stand
  • Urban Legends -- The Spirits of Detroit Are Alive and Just Waiting to Be Scared Up
  • Nanotechnology -- An Engineering Response to Human Problems
  • Seize the Day
  • A Finely Tuned Instrument
  • Just Between You and I -- Why Bungled Language Drives Me Crazy
  • Planet-Friendly Power