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Kat Atwell is a freelance writer, blogger & stage presence, telling stories that deliver laughs, validation & community.

Mental Health | Wellness & Self Image | Experiential & Reviews
Writer, Blogger & Vlogger | Emcee & Motivational Speaker | Storyteller & Performer
Funny | Charismatic | Honest | Vulnerable | Empathetic | Curious | Educational | Grateful | Hopeful | Empowering | Neuro-diverse | Female


  6,083  PIECES WRITTEN

6,083 PIECES WRITTEN

  75K+  PEOPLE ENGAGED ONLINE

75K+ PEOPLE ENGAGED ONLINE

  604  EVENTS PERFORMED & HOSTED

604 EVENTS PERFORMED & HOSTED

  TOO MANY  laughs & tears to count

TOO MANY laughs & tears to count


 Kat speaks the truth behind those "i'm fantastic" Facebook posts AS Part of a "commercial" created during the 2017  Open Summit  for  Open Labs , an organization dedicated to shifting social norms related to Brain Health, specifically related to bipolar disorder.

Kat speaks the truth behind those "i'm fantastic" Facebook posts AS Part of a "commercial" created during the 2017 Open Summit for Open Labs, an organization dedicated to shifting social norms related to Brain Health, specifically related to bipolar disorder.

"Authenticity of Feelings When Living with Mental Illness," is a casual, fun and powerful live Facebook video chat with Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Kat is a pleasure just to know let alone watch perform. I’ve seen her host shows in front of over 1000 people to just seven at a private event. Kat creates a very intimate connection with her audiences, regardless the size. Her connection helps draw in the audience and help us feel personally connected to everything that’s about to happen. Her sharp wit and honest style makes her a perfect fit for whatever you may need.
— Justin Franzen, Owner of Grafenberg Productions

Mental health

Writing & Blogging

  • What To Say To a Friend When They Are Struggling with Anxiety is an essay directed at friends and family, offering suggestions as to how best to communicate with a person experiencing a significant anxiety attack, featured on the front page of The Mighty.
  • An Open Letter to Myself is an award-winning piece Kat wrote for the Colorado Psychiatric Society and CHARG Resource Center, reminding herself of the validity of her own feelings while negotiating through challenging times in her bipolar journey.
  • "I Got Knocked Up..." is a first-person narrative about Kat's personal experience unexpectedly becoming pregnant right after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and panic disorder, featured in XO Jane.
  • "Panic Attack" is a detailed recollection of that day's panic attack, helping readers understand what it feels like emotionally and physically, published on Invisible Illness.
  • "Sad," a vulnerable piece relatable to anyone struggling with anxiety or depression and doesn't want to feel alone, on Katwell (originally published on the now archived "E is for Effort," Kat's running blog from 2013-2016.) .

Emcee & Motivational Speaking

  • "How one can successfully live with the ups and downs of Mental Illness" a web video interview with and featured on Kathy Bacon, 2017
  • Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a podcast and Facebook Live series Kat helped co-create and produce with Chrissie Hodges, bringing viewers the realities, truths, and lived experiences of individuals living and managing mental illness and the stigma of mental illness.
  • 2018 emcee for Open Labs' "The Opening Act," a non-profit storytelling event helping individuals share their personal experiences with bi-polar and brain (mental) health struggles, and "The Brain Crawl," an evening of education, experiments and stories bringing the STEAM industries, health care professionals and neurodiverse together.

Storytelling & Performing


 with kat you know you are in good company , tackling the inner critic and fears with humor, gratitude and hope.

with kat you know you are in good company , tackling the inner critic and fears with humor, gratitude and hope.

I have had the absolute pleasure and quite frankly total joy of working with Kat in a variety of settings. From a mental health storytelling show to a fundraising event at a VFW, I continue to be impressed by her ability to flawlessly emcee at some of the most challenging of venues.
— Debbie Scheer

Wellness & Self Image

Writing & Blogging

  • "Why do you want to lose weight?" a vulnerable post about the issues and thoughts behind weight gain, loss and living a plus-sized life, published by HEALTHY.
  • "But will I gain weight?" an inside look at the real worries women have when thinking about taking required medications, published on Katwell.
  • "Ten Things I’d Rather See Printed on Menstrual Pads Than Flowers and Swirly Design," sassy thoughts along with Kat's original artwork, published by MAQTOOB For Entrepreneurs.
  • "Raise your hand if you're sure," an empowering piece about pushing through fear and the voice in your head, on Katwell.
  • "I'm a lefty, but tonight I'm a writey," a personal narrative of Kat's deep thoughts during church, with tips on everything from listening to dream animal significance, on Katwell (originally published on the now archived "E is for Effort," Kat's running blog from 2013-2016.)
  • "Fear," an engaging and honest litany of the fears running through all of our heads leaving readers questioning "why," on Katwell (originally published on the now archived "E is for Effort," Kat's running blog from 2013-2016.)
  • "Believe," an encouraging and love-filled post from Kat as she tries to get a handle on what she believes in, about herself and the world, in order to be it, on Katwell (originally published on the now archived "E is for Effort," Kat's running blog from 2013-2016.)

 KAT WANTS TO try all sorts of things, and WILL IT SHARE IT ALL - via photo, video, live social media or written recollections. 

KAT WANTS TO try all sorts of things, and WILL IT SHARE IT ALL - via photo, video, live social media or written recollections. 

Handing Kat the mic as emcee just a week after first seeing her perform was one of the best decisions I ever made for the Ignite Denver Committee. Not only for the elegance and prowess she brings to the stage as the face of our organization, but also for the uplifting and inspiring energy she brings to our team and our presenters at every meeting. I implore you to meet her, work with her, and know her. Your life will be better having done so!
— Daniel Stones, Ignite Denver Committee member and Senior Meeting Planner at EDUCAUSE

Experiential & Reviews

Writing & Blogging

  • "My Daughter," an image-laden ode to how awesome her daughter is, encouraging tears of gratitude and empowerment from readers, on Katwell.
  • "When Moms Cry," a story of anecdotes and encouragement for the moms who feel like they can't do enough, on Katwell.
  • "A Brazilian Wax Happened. I didn't die." a favorite health and beauty anecdote about Kat's personal experience and inner thoughts while preparing for and getting her first bikini wax (with tips!) on Katwell.
  • "Lyle," a dear john letter for when you can't hate your competition, but you need rage to perform, on Katwell.
  • "Nearby," a creative piece that brings the reader right into experiencing a small town, on Katwell (originally published on the now archived "E is for Effort," Kat's running blog from 2013-2016.)
  • Kat has some funny, useful and cool Yelp Reviews, too, created on the fly as she works to gain as many experiences as she can in this life.

Emcee & Motivational Speaking

  • Host for 9 "Ignite Denver" shows, telling stories at 10, an event where presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds, to share an idea that will help change the world, your community, your city or the industry where you work, or to tell a story to teach people about your hobby or topic that you are passionate about.

Storytelling & Performing

  • "Highly Flammable" is the winning storytelling performance from May 2018 at Truth Be Told Boulder Story Slam.
  • "My 10-year-old daughter starts "health" class," a story told at the 2018, 8th Annual "The Narrators" show with improvised music by The Playground Ensemble.