Creative,  Thorough, Thoughtful

Cathleen Calkins Writer & Photographer

Hello! I’m Cathleen and I’m a bit of a unicorn when it comes to words. I’m a storyteller, editor, copywriter and legal branding expert. All this means is that in everything I do, I work at the intersection of how language is pieced together to tell a great story or is adopted by brands to solidify their voice, enhance their recognition and create an experience that connects with their consumer’s desire.

I’ve done everything from crafting short- and long-form stories for national consumer and trade magazines and penning pithy copy for corporate clients to copy editing for authors and eLearning organizations and revising marketing content from a legal and compliance perspective.

I’m forever 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 (which is incredibly handy surprisingly often!).

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



Writer | marketing copy/content writer | I’m nimble and flexible, and able to take on work on freelance, assignment, project, contract and full- or part-time.

Creative brand writer | Since 2004, I’ve helped hospitality and tourism-based clients dial in their brand, communicate their unique experience and deliver compelling content. I have worked with resort operators, travel trade associations, destination marketing organizations, luxury vacation clubs and airlines.

Editing | I edit for all the usual things, like style, voice, consistency, structure and development, word usage, grammar and punctuation, and review for issues regarding copyright, image rights and product claims. I’m adept at CMOS and AP Style.

Intellectual property professional | I served on INTA’s Public Information Committee (2016 – 2019) and I am an expert when it comes to protecting a brand’s intellectual property via thoughtful review from a legal perspective.

What people say about me and my work

“Cathleen is a gifted leader with an unrivaled passion for the craft of writing. Her unceasing pursuit of excellence inspired me to reach new heights as both an editor and leader. She’s a visionary thinker, brilliant writer, and fantastic human being.” Jeff Caspersen – Content Writer + Editor @NPDigital

 “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

“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 Calkins Writer Photographer

I am based in Bend, Oregon, and my work (words and images) has appeared in national and regional consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, online digests, websites, and in custom advertorial publications. I’ve also helped companies, authors, and eLearning institutions polish their written materials. You’ll find me mixing writing and copy editing with branding and corporate communications projects on any given day. And, when time allows, I’m noodling and collaborating on a few multi-media projects and putting the finishing touches on a couple book proposals.

I am available for assignments and projects. If you are interested in working with me, please email me at cathleen@cathleencalkins.com.

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