Amanda Castleman is an award-winning freelance journalist, specializing in travel, the environment and popular culture. Her work has appeared in MSN, Yahoo, Afar, Outside, Sport Diver, Wired, Salon, Islands, Hemispheres, The International Herald Tribune and the UK’s Daily Mail, Sunday Express and on the BBC. She has also worked as an editor, photographer, web and graphic designer.


Freelance Journalism, Seattle, America (August 2004 to present)
Writer and photographer for outlets including Afar, Outside, Islands, Journey, Hemispheres, The Guardian, Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Alaska Airlines, Robb Report, USA Today and The UK's Sunday Express. Book credits include Frommer's, Michelin, National Geographic, a travel-writing textbook and Greece, A Love Story. Regular contributor gigs have included MSNBC, Yahoo, BBC Travel, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Cruise Critic, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New Jersey Life, Moviemaker Magazine, Road and Travel and various Northwest publications including Visit Seattle and The Washington State Visitors Guide. Contributing writer at Travelgirl Magazine since 2007.

Writing and Digital Media Instructor:, and the Richard Hugo House. Launch editor of Editing:, Seattle Bride, Knowledge Leader and Wanderlust & Lipstick. Custom-content Clients: American Express, Acura Style Magazine, Andria Mitsakos PR, GEICO Now (via Totem), Holland America, Content Works (now Enveritas), Jones Advertising, 10Best, Thomas Cook, Travel Tacoma, Visit Bellevue, Visit Seattle, Visa Black Card Magazine and The Washington Visitorís Guide.

Freelance Journalism, Greece, Cyprus, the UK and US (October 2002 to August 2004)
Travel Writing Instructor: Regular Contributor: Road and Travel and The Athens News. Clients included The Mail on Sunday, Wired News, The Rough Guide to Italy and Time Out's Athens Guide.

American Academy in Rome, Italy (September 2000 to August 2002)
Visiting Writer. Freelance Journalist for the International Herald Tribune's Italy Daily, Wired and the UK’s Daily Mail, among others. I began a novel, Fishing for Saints, and produced Aristophanes' Clouds.

Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times, Oxford, England (September 99 to August 2000)
Feature Writer and Sub-Editor. Although primarily a reporter – specializing in travel, books, IT, human interest and the environment – I also proofread and designed pages.

Oxbow Books, Oxford, England (September 98 to September 99)
Web and Graphic Designer. Duties included design and maintenance of a commercial web site, book publicity, cover design, typesetting and proofing for an independent publisher.

Freelance Editing and Design, Oxfordshire, England (October 97 to September 98)
Graphic Designer: Past Times and Woolacott Davidson Advertising Agency. Assistant: Oxford University Press, ELT department. Copyeditor: various theses.

The Gist Magazine Group, Oxford, England (November 96 to October 97)
Founding Editor. I launched four British commercial monthly titles (circulation 40,000). Duties included commissioning, DTP, supervising pre-press and staff management.

The Daily, University of Washington, Seattle, America (September 93 to September 96)
Various positions including Editor-in-Chief and News Editor. Duties included reporting, photography, subbing, editing and DTP. As Editor, I trained new employees and directed a 60-person staff (circulation 18,000).

Savage Love Live, Seattle, America (September 94 to September 96)
Part-time Researcher. I prepared background for pundit Dan Savage’s weekly radio program.

Gist Magazine
Oxbow Books
Oxford Mail
UW Daily


University of Washington, Seattle, America
BA in Latin with a classical studies minor


Lowell Thomas (travel writing's ersatz Pulitzer) Bronze in Adventure Writing 2007
Columbia Scholastic Press Association – Golden Circle Awards
First Place In-depth News/Feature Writing
Third Place Feature Photography
First Place News Publication Single Subject Presentation
First Place Newspaper Publication Photo Layout
Pacemaker Award (for top five student newspapers in America)
First-place In-depth Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists, West Coast
Most Hated Liberal on Campus, University of Washington Conservative Club


Editor: The Body Parts Menu Of Good Table Manners (CreateSpace 2015)
Contributor: Break Into Travel Writing (Teach Yourself 2012)
Author, Vancouver Island chapter: Frommer's Best Hiking Trips
in British Columbia
(Frommer's 2009)
Copyeditor: Traveling with Kids (Wanderlust and Lipstick 2009)
Updater: Green Guide Rome (Michelin 2007)
Contributor: Journeys of a Lifetime (National Geographic 2007)
Contributor: Greece, A Love Story (Seal Press 2007)
Contributor: Single State of the Union (Seal Press 2007)
Contributor: Frommer's Dream Vacations (Frommer's 2007)
Author: Thomas Cook's Greek phrasebook (Thomas Cook 2007)
Copyeditor: Thomas Cook's phrasebook series (Thomas Cook 2007)
Updater: Green Guide Sicily (Michelin 2007)
Copyeditor: Italian PhraseFinder & Dictionary (Frommer's 2006)
Updater: Green Guide, Italy (Michelin 2005)
Contributor: Travel Writing Textbook (Leromi Publishing 2005)
Contributor: Italy, A Love Story (Seal Press 2005)
Updater: Rough Guide Italy (Rough Guides 2005)
Editor: Greece, Garden of the Gods (Athens News 2004)
Copyeditor and typesetter: Where to Eat and Stay in France (Dorling Kindersley 2004)
Contributor: Time Out Athens (Time Out 2003)
Contributor: Rome in Detail (Rizzoli 2003)
Contributor: Automotive Association Key to Rome (AA 2003)


BBC Travel, Outside, Islands, Hemispheres, Cooking Light, Rob Report, Washington Journey, Cruise Critic, USA Today, 10 Best, New York Daily News, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Visa Black Card Magazine, Yahoo, MSN, Acura Style, The International Herald Tribune's Italy Daily, Wired Magazine, Wired News, Athens News, MSNBC, Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Express, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, New Jersey Life, Salon Magazine, Michelin, Frommer's, Time Out, Rough Guide, MSN Underwire, BBC Thames Valley FM, Cotswold Life, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Bride, AOL Travel, Northwest Dive News, Wanderlust and Lipstick, travelgirl, Thomas Cook phrasebooks, Wanderlust and Lipstick, Wandermelon, Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness, Single State of the Union, Greece A Love Story, Italy A Love Story, Rome in Detail, Bank Travel Management, Corriere della Sera, The International Examiner, MSN Daily Access, AmEx's Square, GEICO Direct, The Washington State Visitors Guide, AA Guide to Rome, In These Times, Moviemaker, Travel Age West, International Living, Trip, Living Abroad, Intelliguides, Z-Guides, Road and Travel, Adbusters, Gloucester Echo, Western Daily Press, Nervy Girl, Bitch, Northwest Travel, Aspen Daily News, Outdoor West, Business and Marketing Management, Wanted in Rome, Continental Drift, Destinworld, eMedia, Red Group, Efemera, Fresh Direction


Packages: Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator), InDesign, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, various databases
Internet: web-site architecture, construction and maintenance, including SEO, HTML, CSS, tweaking basic Java script and Drupal nodes, UI flows, keywording, integrating CMS
Graphics: photography (darkroom and electronic printing); shooting and editing high-definition video; experience with packaging, book covers, website branding, newspaper and magazine design, and outputting digital files for color repro
Languages: BA in Latin, competent Italian, fading German and Ancient Greek
Diving: Advanced open-water and drysuit certification



Co-founder of The Monkey Barrel, an office co-op in Seattle (2011)
Founder and instructor, Writing Rome (2009)
Producer for the revival of Clouds in Rome (2001)
Producer of Aristophanes’ Clouds for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2000
Co-author of the play Il Cowboy di Natale (Rome, 2000)
English tutor to a disabled university student (1995-96)
Graduate of Cascades Mountaineering Course, NOLS (1993)
Assistant wilderness guide, Tired Dog Tours (1992-93)
Lifeguard and swimming instructor, YMCA (1989-93)
Participant in John Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth (1987-90)
Member: National Union of Journalists, International Freelance Chapter
Child actress, American Dairy Association commercial (1986)
Museum interpreter at Plimoth Plantation (1984-6)

Updated November 2015

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