Science provides us with stories that help us to understand the universe and our place within it. The scientific stories of ecology and evolutionary biology, in particular, allow us to understand how our increasingly globalized society, with all of its magnificent triumphs and potentially catastrophic foibles, interacts with Earth's natural environment. However, public understanding of the science related to important societal questions, from human origins to climate change, is limited, in part due to the daunting complexity of the scientific explanations, themselves. My goal is to communicate the stories of ecology and evolution more broadly by using my first sabbatical to learn to write science for the general public. I will begin by attending the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, an intensive "boot camp" for writers hosted by one of the premier literary reviews in the nation. Following the workshop, I will develop multiple pieces for publication related to important questions in ecology, evolution, and earth system science. Given ongoing changes in the publishing business, I remain purposefully open concerning the form that the publications will take, whether online (weblogs, e-books) or on paper (magazine articles, book chapters). This New Direction represents a fulfillment of one of my original professional goals, but one that has until now taken a back seat to my core teaching and research endeavors.