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 education, technology, and autism.
I’m a frequent contributor to CampusTechnology.com and THEJournal.com. Other publications I’ve written for include EContentMag.com, Pet Product News International magazine, Citizen Pet magazine, North of 50 magazine, and the Calgary Herald newspaper.
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, primarily in my areas of specialization.
The Story Behind the Specialties
My background is in education and technology. I have a Bachelor of Education degree (“with Distinction” lah-dee-dah) 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’m currently in my last semester of the part-time Behavior Intervention Certificate program at Douglas College. I’ve learned about applied behavior analysis (ABA), augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and functional behavior assessments (FBA), as well as how to use these techniques with kids with autism. The really cool thing is that most of these methods work for any kid, not just those on the spectrum.
For More Information
I’ve been making my living as a freelance writer since 2009, and I’m a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.
You can find my full resume on LinkedIn.
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 spending time with my family, I enjoy practicing yoga, gardening, and camping in our VW Westy. I’m a big fan of science fiction, fantasy, and all things Whedon, 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 who couldn’t care less about technology unless it’s a laser dot.