Hello, stranger! Nice to see you here. Make yourself at home.
My name is Kasia (or Katarzyna, if you're up for a tongue twister!) Kwasniewska. I'm a writer and graphic designer based in London. As you might guess from the picture on the left, I can masquerade like a chameleon by using the background colours: usually, I switch between a hipster and a hustler and cultivate a wide range of different incarnations. Weird combo, I know, but let's not get distracted by details, shall we?
Currently, I'm freelancing as a writer and coming up with creative ideas as an instructional designer (the chick that can make sure that your e-learning looks great, is efficient for the user, supports your offline training and helps to change habits). Sometimes, I take my camera out and snap like there's no tomorrow - I'm fascinated by visual media, so video editing and photography also fill up my free time. I'm also blogging here, and when I'm in the mood I switch the camera to video and talk to myself, only to end up on YouTube. One day, I'd love to write and direct my own short film, and edit the novel draft that sits in my drawer!
I've started my career in the local newspapers in Radom, Poland, where I had the opportunity to write for Panorama Radomska and eRadomianki. After high school, I joined one of the most influential Polish newspapers, Gazeta Wyborcza, as a regional reporter for a couple of months. It was so much fun that it stayed with me onwards, and I'm craving to write at every single opportunity.
I studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Westminster, where I graduated in 2016. While I worked towards my degree completion, I spent a week in Kerrang!, got involved with a podcast website as a reporter and had a chance to try my hand at content marketing. And I got addicted to film, which you've probably figured out if you're coming here from my Twitter. To back up my newfound passion, I completed The Business of Film course with Futurelearn, earning a Certificate of Achievement. Then, I followed it up with a Film Distribution programme and attended two short courses on film theory with CityLit. Having completed an entertainment journalism course in 2018, I received a Level 3 qualification to give the skills I've learned on the job an official grounding.
Every experience makes you better at doing what you love, so I strive to adapt to the ever-changing media landscape. As a writer, I had a chance to research and write articles, social media copy, e-learning course content and blog posts in Polish and English. I even did a bit of proofreading for transcreation (which stands for marketing translation/adaptation). As a graphic designer, I've completed a wide array of projects, including print and digital design for internal communications, learning and development and marketing. You name it.
Constant development is crucial to me, so I make it happen and learn on my own. I'm always enrolled in an online course or signed up for an adult college to learn something new about the subjects that interest me: film, media, literature, the entertainment industry.
This website is an excuse to show you what I've done before. I needed an online space where I could showcase my portfolio (you can find a selection of my previous work here). However, it's also an opportunity for me to write about a few more things I'm interested in; I've always wanted to have a lifestyle blog, and since not everything I write fits the profile of our team efforts at Beside Magazine, I decided to give myself some extra online space. As if I didn't have enough of it!
Want to collaborate? Drop me a message using the form below, or say hi on social media!
If you liked my work and you think I deserve a cup of coffee to write more, you can buy me one. Thanks a million!