A Quick Primer
I write books for a living, including:
- memoir-style travel stories (Come Back Frayed, Iceland India Interstate, My Exile Lifestyle)
- novels and fiction series (Puncture Up, Ordovician, A Tale of More, Real Powers)
- short story collections (7 or 8 Ways to End the World, So This Is How I Go, Mean Universe, Coffee with the Other Man)
- and nonfiction essay collections (Some Thoughts About Relationships, Considerations, Act Accordingly)
I speak on a variety of topics internationally, to large crowds and small audiences. I’ve spoken at four TEDx events, a Samsung product launch, many and diverse conferences, and more tour stops than I can count.
A Little More Information
Hello! I’m Colin Wright. I’m an author, international speaker, and full-time traveler.
I speak to groups from around the world on topics ranging from nonstandard lifestyles and relationships to authenticity in the reputation economy. I regularly speak about travel and minimalism, and increasingly have the chance to wax poetic about the future of the publishing industry. I’ve given four TEDx talks, spoken at universities and conferences and businesses of all sorts and sizes.
My lifestyle is oriented around travel and pursuing knowledge and new, interesting experiences. I travel full-time, regularly moving for a period of months to countries voted on by my readers, and in between those stays I do train trips through Europe, bus trips through South America, and book tours through the US. The core principle is to consistently challenge myself and expose myself to new ideas, all of which informs my work.
I went to school for design and illustration, and ran a branding studio in LA for a few years after graduating. After experiencing some financial success, I refocused my attention on being happier, healthier, and doing work I believe in. Shortly thereafter I got rid of everything I owned that didn’t fit into a carry-on bag and hit the road. That was in 2009, and remains the best decision I’ve ever made.
I wrote newspaper columns part-time from high school all the way through my university career, and started blogging while living in LA. Today, my books are how I make my living.
My work spans philosophical meanderings, explorations on digital curation, speculative science fiction series, and short stories about relationships. I write about travel, minimalism, business, and anything else that catches my attention, and to which I might have something valuable to add.
I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living, and to share my ideas, characters, stories, and questions with so many people. Everything I publish is produced because I can’t not make it; I love the words and concepts too much to keep them to myself.
I’m active on social media, particularly Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Periscope, Facebook, and Vine. I see these platforms as additional tools in a person’s communication tool belt, optimized for certain types of storytelling or information sharing, and use them as such.
I send out a newsletter with blog-like content and updates a few times a month.