“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman
Yitka Winn is a freelance writer and editor.
She’s been writing since she was seven years old and has no intention of stopping anytime soon. She is a contributing editor (formerly associate editor) at Trail Runner magazine, a running columnist for OutdoorsNW magazine, and a regular contributor to Gear Institute and the REI Co-op Journal. She leads trail-running and creative-writing retreats for Run Wild Retreats and is the author of a forthcoming hiking guidebook (Helvetiq, September 2017).
Her writing and photography have also appeared in Outside, Paste, Red Bull Adventure, iRunFar, RootsRated, Run the Alps, and Trail Run Project. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College, with some continuing education—part formal, part DIY—in web design and development.
When she’s not storytelling, she can be found running mountain trails, snowboarding, skate skiing, traveling, riding her Swiss Bob sled at high speeds, doing yoga, reading books, journaling, cooking, baking, drinking dark boozy beer, or striking up enthusiastic conversation with strangers.
She currently lives in the mossy, fern-laden paradise that is the Pacific Northwest.
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