David Everett’s first career as an award-winning journalist was followed by a second career teaching graduate writing students at Johns Hopkins University. He serves private clients, organizations, and educational institutions as an editor and consultant. David’s specialty is helping authors with book manuscripts of any form or topic, including nonfiction, science, policy, memoir, history, business, and fiction. He is available for writing and editing seminars and other projects in journalism, science writing, creative writing, scholarly writing, and business and professional writing. David’s freelance work has appeared in Salon, Preservation, Car & Driver, Time, and The New York Times, plus many other newspapers. His essays and fiction have appeared in literary journals and anthologies, and he has contributed to seven books, including A Field Guide for Science Writers from the National Association of Science Writers. David continues to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His most recent article appeared in the inaugural issue of The Outlier, a new digital magazine where David serves as managing editor.
Books and Manuscripts (Specialty)
Publications and Journals
Feature articles and essays
Reports and op-eds
Speeches and presentations
Nonfiction, Journalism, Editing
Creative Writing, Literature
Course and Curriculum Design
Program Management and Review
Student and Faculty Ethics
The most powerful advice any editor gave me was delivered after my first page-one exclusive as a young reporter: “This isn’t as good as you think it is.”
That city editor cared. He knew exactly what to say at just the right time. Ever since, his message has defined my work as a writer, editor, and teacher. I always can get better, and I always strive to help others do the same, with the care and truth of that long-ego mentor.
I started in newspapers, from the copy desk to the city desk, finally to investigations and Washington correspondence. That path took me to 24 states and eight other countries, with honors from the National Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, Overseas Press Club, and other groups. That entire career was nurtured at Knight-Ridder Newspapers, one of the nation’s grand media companies. I spent much of that time with the Detroit Free Press, a tough, brilliant classroom for the First Amendment. Today, Knight Ridder no longer exists, and the Free Press and other papers struggle in the digital age. I respect journalism as an essential pillar of democracy, so I worry about both institutions.
Weary of travel and long hours in journalism, I joined academia when I became a father. That led to more travel and sometimes longer hours. At Johns Hopkins, I directed a creative writing program, founded a science writing program, and established a summer conference that paired nationally known writers with our students in Italy, Maine, the Virginia mountains, and the Chesapeake shores. I learned that my love for the noble craft of teaching matched an affection for words.
Today, I live in the Washington, D.C area. Patricia Edmonds, a top editor at National Geographic magazine, is my spouse. We have two college-age kids – both fine writers themselves. I still edit, write, and teach. I still want to get better and help others do the same.