Martha Nichols, MA

Editor in Chief, Talking Writing

Martha Nichols is editor-in-chief of Talking Writing, a Boston-based digital literary site and nonprofit organization. She's also a longtime contributing editor at Women's Review of Books and a former associate editor at the Harvard Business Review (HBR). She has published in HBR, Utne Reader, Christian Science Monitor, WRB, Salon, Youth Today, Brain, Child Magazine, among others. She has edited many business books for Oxford University Press and was a reporter for Youth Today, a national newspaper on youth services.


  • MA San Francisco State University


Courses with Martha Nichols

January session

Feature Writing

Feature stories are all about the how and why of journalism. In this intensive workshop session, students explore several kinds of features—trend stories, service articles, and interviews—with an emphasis on magazine writing techniques.

Fall term 2017

First-Person Journalism

First-person journalism is an evolving, exciting genre that combines a personal perspective with solid research and observations of the larger world. With the rise of digital journalism, it's essential that nonfiction writers learn the basics of reporting as well as how to write stylish literary prose.