Caitlin Kelly

Writer and Editor



My Books

My Unintentional Career in Retail
Malled 240pp (2011)

Blown Away 324pp (2004)


Working in 95-degree heat and traveling by dugout canoe, washboard roads and river barge? Sounds good to me! As part of a five-member multi-media team, I recently spent eight days in rural coastal Nicaragua with WaterAid, the world's oldest NGO providing access to clean water and toilets, reporting three feature stories for them. My essay the trip inspired is on

I'm most passionate about producing stories that make a real difference in people's daily lives, like this recent piece in The New York Times about how people without children plan their legacies. And this recent story for that explained how to negotiate with the IRS if you're having a tough time paying your taxes.

Airman Brian Kolfage lost both legs and his right hand while serving in the military. Four years later, after reaching out to her again on Facebook, he married Ashley. My story about them --- and their baby, Paris Brooklyn -- appeared in the July issue of Cosmopolitan.

Need help with your writing? My practical, tips-filled 90-minute webinars include: interviewing, blogging, personal essay, running a freelance business and the basics of reporting. Students worldwide, from Germany to New Zealand, have found them inspiring and immediately useful.

With more than 10,500 followers worldwide, my blog,, grows daily, chosen by Wordpress as one of their best blogs on culture. Please visit!

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