Hi. I’m Leila, a freelance writer based in British Columbia, Canada. I write news and feature articles for magazines and online media. My areas of specialty are technology, education, and autism. I also write about business and other topics from time to time.
More specifically, I have considerable experience writing about wireless LANs, broadband connectivity, 1-to-1 education, STEM/STEAM education, makerspaces, gamification, virtual and augmented reality, accessibility, and equity issues related to education technology.
I’ve been earning my living as a freelance writer since 2009. I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), and the Education Writers Association (EWA).
You can find my full resume on LinkedIn.
A few of the publications I’ve written for include:
- Campus Technology
- THE Journal
- School Library Journal
- District Administration
- Top Hat
- HME Business
- Pet Product News International
In addition to articles, I write case studies, white papers, and other technical and business documents, including computer hardware and software manuals, online help, website content, training materials, and reports. My personal blog is my outlet for oversharing on topics of interest to me.
The Story Behind the Specialties
My background is in education and technology. I have a Bachelor of Education degree and was a grade six classroom teacher before changing careers to become a technical writer. During my 12-year tech writing career, I wrote award-winning computer documentation and served for one year as President of the Alberta Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.
In 2013, my son was diagnosed with autism. Since then, I’ve been learning everything I can about autism and autism intervention. I have an undergraduate certificate in Behavior Intervention from Douglas College, and I’m currently a grad student in the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at St. Cloud State University.
Previous clients and employers have complimented me on my strengths:
- Attention to detail
- Ability to finish work on time, even under a tight deadline
- Writing that is thoroughly researched, well organized, clear, and concise
- Ability to understand complex information quickly and convey it to others in straightforward terms
- Professional and responsive communication
Totally Not TMI
When I’m not writing or doing schoolwork, I enjoy practicing yoga, gardening, and camping in our VW Westy. I’m a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, and I spend too much time at my computer. I live Salmon Arm, BC with my computer-geek husband, geek-in-training son, and three cats that couldn’t care less about technology unless it’s a laser dot.