Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

About Joanna

I write primarily about parenting, higher education, and personal finance. But I've also written about weird topics like what to do about carpenter ants, what those people-finder sites know about you, and what to know about granny pods. Child development is one of my passions, and my writing has covered the phases, inspired by my two kids who are now young adults. I also love to write about money topics. We think money is dry, but it's one of the most emotional topics out there. I find it fascinating.

You can find a list of my online articles at, but my website contains print articles in PDF format not available there (mostly family travel articles). I've written for magazines, newspapers, and online publications.

My credits include Real Simple, US News & World Report, Washington Post, Work + Money, CollegeXpress, Next Avenue, Your Teen, Mother Nature Network, Parents, Parenting School Years, FamilyFun,, PTO Today, SafeBee, Society of Grownups,, Washington State Visitors' Guide, and more.  

Before freelance writing, I worked as a technical writer and editor for an engineering firm. I’ve also worked as a proofreader, writing tutor, grammar teacher, baker, and breakfast cook. I have a BA in anthropology and an MA in English.

During my pre-family days, I spent four years traveling abroad through twenty countries, working as I went to finance the way. I still love to travel, but my international travel has stalled as we pay the college bills. Someday I'll get back to it. Meanwhile, I love calling the Pacific Northwest home. It's a stunning place, as beautiful as anywhere in the world. I grew up on an island in the Salish Sea and now live in Bellingham, Washington.

Family vacation at Second Beach, Pacific Northwest Second Beach, Pacific Northwest
Family on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone Family on Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone
Family hiking Chain Lakes Trail, Washington Chain Lakes Trail, Washington