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Cathleen Calkins Writer & Photographer

I’m a bit of a “Jill of all Trades” when it comes to communicating. I’m a writer, editor, copy editor, journalist, marketer, visual storyteller, and legal branding professional. All this really means is that I offer a well-rounded perspective when it comes to words.

I’ve done everything from crafting short- and long-form stories for consumer and trade magazines and penning pithy copy for corporate clients to copy editing for authors, elearning organizations, and subject matter experts (SMEs) to reviewing marketing collateral from a legal and compliance perspective.

I’m constantly curious and have some random skills, too. In no particular order, they include: published photographer (O, The Oprah Magazine, Runner’s World, and The New York Times, to name a few); professional ski patroller (which means I get paid to ski); certified holistic nutritionist; trained to teach indoor cycling, yoga, outdoor medicine, and mountain travel and rescue; and hold a paralegal certificate (this has come in handy surprisingly often!).

In a nutshell, I’m a rule-abiding word nerd with a bias to color outside the lines whenever it is necessary. If you’d like to learn more or work with me, please drop me an email me at cathleen@cathleencalkins.com.



Writing | Copy writing | Blogging | Marketing | Corporate communications | freelance, assignment, project, contract

Copy editing | I edit for style, voice, consistency, structure and development, word usage, grammar, punctuation, and review for issues regarding copyright, image rights, product claims, regulations, and compliance issues.

Intellectual property and global brand enforcement expert | Served on INTA’s Public Information Committee (2016 – 2019). I am knowledgeable in all aspects of protecting a brand’s intellectual property as well as maintaining its strength via careful and thoughtful legal review and online enforcement.

What people say about me and my work

 “I consider Cathleen and her writing/editing/photography skills among the best-of-the-best in the outdoor industry today. What you receive in spot-on, knock-out writing and creativity is exactly what you’ll receive in photography. If hiring Cathleen, you get the best of both worlds – oftentimes difficult to find in the world of online media. I wish I could’ve had Cathleen writing for me in the early days of Snowshoe Magazine. Having her slice of professionalism, writing style and voice has been a serious boon to the traffic on my website. After building a business and online resource for more than eight years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of writers; very few match Cathleen’s standards and level of production. She sets the bar high, which is what makes her amazing.” Benjamin Ryan Alford – Advertising and Branding Lead at Lockheed Martin | American Marketing Association Member | Former publisher and owner Snowshoe Magazine

“It has been an immensely beneficial process having you edit this book!  You helped with so many things, from the minute details to the overall flow.  This book and my writing are so much better for your comments! Thank you so much!”  Sarah Iannucci, PhD – Author, “The Better Mood Book”

“Cathleen is an amazing wordsmith. I’ve hired many, many editors through the years and she is one of the top two. She has an excellent command of language, syntax, grammar, spelling, proper/true use of words, clear communication, and everything else that pertains to writing and editing. I always learn something from her.”
Syd Blue – Author, “Circle” and “FlyGirl”

“I am so appreciative for the copy editing and proofreading that Cathleen did for my e-book, “The Obesity Solution: A Compassionate Step-by-Step Guide to Losing the Weight and Keeping it off.” This is my first e-book and I really needed assistance. Cathleen is easy to work with because she is efficient and professional. She emailed and responded quickly every time I reached out and returned her work on the date promised. She was able to retain my voice while cleaning up my words as needed. She was able to point out sections where my concepts were not clear and gave suggestions for revisions. When my voice got a little too “science-y,” she helped me figure out language that could keep my voice consistent. She also guided me to get the appropriate consent for images and quotes. Most of all, Cathleen is kind and encouraging, which made her a perfect person to edit my first e-book! I highly recommend Cathleen for any copy editing and editing projects.” Jennifer Pennock, M.D. – Endocrinologist specializing in diabetes and obesity, leader in transforming patient care, and e-book author

“I can’t say enough praise for Cathleen and her editing skills! I chose her as my editor for my book “The Vibrant Mom” (www.thevibrantmom.com) because of her skill as a copy editor and passion for living well. She was very professional, recommended thorough edits, and had a very quick turnaround time. She was also fun and easy to work with, prompt with communication, and very thoughtful. Most importantly, she kept my voice while expanding my writing to make it more captivating for the reader. I can’t wait to use her again on future projects.” Jenny Abercrombie, N.D. – Naturopathic Wellness Center

“Cathleen worked tirelessly to protect and help our brand. She was always there to assist the marketing department and all other teams with a comprehensive and timely review (both copy and from a legal point of view) and would also provide notes as needed. Her experience, point of view, and vast knowledge of intellectual property rights were highly-valued assets for this us. She is a jewel!” Jen Carman Parker – KEEN, Inc. | Chrome Industries, Inc. | Fuerst Group, Inc.

“Cathleen wrote blogs for our website (www.BigBear.com) and provided creative, engaging, and detailed content our visitors enjoyed reading.” Tina Hauer – Big Bear Lake Resort Association, manager of internet marketing


Cathleen Calkins Writer Photographer

I am based in the Bend area of Oregon. My work (words and images) has appeared in national and regional consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, online, and in custom advertorial publications. I’ve also helped companies, authors, and eLearning institutions polish their written materials. On any given day, you’ll find me mixing writing and copy editing with copy writing and corporate communications projects. And, when time allows, I’m noodling and collaborating on a few long-form, multi-media projects.

I am also available for assignment. If you are interested in working with me, please shoot me an email at cathleen [at] cathleencalkins [dot] com.

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