Leslie Forsberg
Independent Writer & Editor
"Your writing is elegant, beautiful ... you truly are a master of words, and almost like a songwriter when you put them together. Unlike most writers, who just clump together a bunch of adjectives hoping the audience will get the picture, you so precisely construct a clear visual picture in the reader's head, it almost transports them to the spot you are writing about. When I read what you've written, I feel like I've read words ever-so-gently chosen, and then delicately pressed and formed together into what becomes a stunning sculpture." 
Nicole Meoli, Former Editor
Journey Magazine
An award-winning independent writer, editor and author,
I am a seeker of adventures and a seasoned storyteller, a sculptor of words that reach out through the page to elicit an emotion or impel a reader to action. I use all the senses, and illuminate my stories with a sense of place.

My specialties? Fresh adventures, slow foods and the natural world

What excites me? I've Nordic skied in the moonlight in trackless wilderness; pitched over a waterfall in a raft; danced in a Swedish barn at midsummer; paddled a kayak in gale-force winds; hiked through butterfly flurries in wildflower meadows; fallen down a hillside escaping an imposing bovine in the Alps; felt fish nibble my toes in a pitch-black cave in Bonaire; been dragged by a racing dog-sled team in Arctic Norway; and trekked in search of long-forgotten stone circles in the British Isles...in the aftermath of a hurricane. All grand adventures, but the grandest is whatever is next.

Writer
I am published in a broad array of magazines, including Alaska Airlines Magazine, SunsetThe New York TimesWestways, Journey, Home & AwayTexas Journey, Going Places, Traveler, Via, Horizon Air Magazine and Seattle Bride. My writing credits also include Michelin GuidesAOL TravelMapQuest, and Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Washington visitors' guides.  

Author
Michelin Must-Sees Pacific Northwest (2013)
Wanderlust and Lipstick: Traveling with Kids (2009)

​Editor
Contributing Editor, AOL Travel (2014)
Editor in Chief, Clipper Vacations and Coho magazines (2012-2013)
Editor in Chief, Compass magazine (Washington State Ferries; 2012) 
Development Editor, The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo (2007)
Managing Editor, Alaska Airlines Magazine (2001-2005)
Executive Editor, Sea Kayaker Magazine (1997-2000)




My Michelin Moment

Paris-based Michelin guidebooks are the industry gold standard. I'm the author of Michelin Must-Sees Pacific Northwest


SPJ AWARDS

3rd Place
"Time Travel"
Alaska Airlines Magazine
2013

1st Place
"Fragile Beauty"
Alaska Airlines Magazine
2012

3rd Place
 "Playing in Ashland"
Journey Magazine 
2011