Brad Wetzler on Writing

Brad Wetzler has twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. He’s worn many hats, including senior editor at a major national magazine, journalist, freelance writer, contributing writer, book author, book editor, book coach, and writing teacher. He is the founder of a startup writing instruction project called The Yoga of Writing. He has previously worked for on staff for Outside magazine and he served as contributing editor for John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s George magazine. His book, Real Mosquitoes Don’t Eat Meat, was published by W.W. Norton.

He’s held several other positions: monthly Wild File columnist for Outside magazine, monthly Adventuring columnist for Universal Press Syndicate, which syndicated his column to more than 200 newspapers, assistant professor of English at The College of Santa Fe, nonfiction writing teacher and Book Project mentor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and teacher at Colorado Writing School.

Brad’s longform writing combines careful, curious reporting, strong narratives, wry humor, and a big heart. His writing assignments have taken him (and his readers) to some of the world’s wild, exotic places and deep within his own heart. His work has been published in some of America’s finest publications.

Brad’s writing has appeared in dozens of publications and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, GQ, Wired, National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, Best American Travel Writing, and Outside. He has written about adventure, travel, the environment, politics, religion and spirituality, and sports. He’s covered presidential politics, too. He’s interviewed and written profiles of Newt Gingrich, Gov. Jerry Brown, Sen. Paul Wellstone, mountaineer Reinhold Messner, scientist Edward Teller, record producer/hotelier Chris Blackwell, basketball star Grant Hill, scientist Edward Teller. Writing assignments have taken him around the world. Along the way, he’s barhopped with Russian cosmonauts in Moscow, played polo with tech billionaires in India, cooked manioc over an open fire with traditional people of the Amazon, swum and slogged through slot canyons in Zion National Park, Utah, fished for world-record bass, walked in Jesus’ footsteps across Israel and Palestine, tailed explorers in Greenland, lived with hobos in the Czech Republic, and more.

A key moment in his career was developing, assigning, and editing “Into Thin Air,” the longform magazine article by Jon Krakauer that appeared in Outside magazine in 1996 and was later expanded into the book of the same name.

His expertise has been featured by ABC News, NPR, various podcasts, and countless radio stations. He’s given talks and lectures about writing at universities, and he’s written an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times.

Brad is an avid practitioner of yoga, which he credits with healing stubborn, chronic depression. He also credits yoga with restoring work/life balance, improving fitness, increasing resilience,  and providing him with a spiritual path that’s not based on belief in religious dogma.  He holds a certificate to teach yoga. His knowledge of the philosophy and practice of yoga even informs his writing instruction and book coaching.

He’s at work on two books: a writer’s manual called The Yoga of Writing and a travel memoir.