I’m a Portland freelance writer who likes to write about the good life: travel and the tourism industry, outdoor adventures, food and beverage, and (of course) cycling. I’m a farm girl at heart, though I’ve defected to the city.
As a freelance writer, I primarily write B2B marketing copy: blog posts, white papers, case studies, reported articles, sales leave-behinds, and all that jazz.
I love hunting down the story of a place, finding the slant that turns a ho-hum piece into something truly substantial. While traveling through Peru, my husband and I co-founded the travel website UnpavedSouthAmerica.com as a way to delve more deeply into what made the places we were visiting tick. Rather than simply listing hotels and tourist sites, we interviewed locals, decoded Lima’s city bus system, and even once secured an invitation back into the kitchen of our favorite dive restaurant to learn how to make melt-in-your-mouth chicharron de pescado.
I’ve also worked as a copywriter for a catalog company, a waitress in a brew pub, a driver and mechanic of many kinds of tractors, a carpenter in rural Venezuela, a house manager for a major regional theater, a stage manager for a tiny fringe company, and a slinger of popcorn for a movie theater in Yakima. I like writing best, but I have to admit you can get some good thinking done on the seat of a tractor.
WHAT MY CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
“Jessie Kwak is a dream to work with: She’s a talented writer, knowledgeable, responsive, either takes or sources great photos, has inspired story ideas, and always meets her deadlines.”
“Jessie wrote one of our most talked about articles of the year. Including her piece in our monthly newsletter led to far more responses and engagements than usual. We found her easy to work with, personally invested in our success and very responsive to feedback. We absolutely would work with her again.”
“Receiving Jessie’s writing has been a consistent delight. Her work is thoughtful, creative, and on brand – a difficult trifecta for even the most seasoned writing professional. Delivering fresh, accurate copy to my team has enabled our creative work to blossom.”