I'm a writer, editor, and former English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. I write and edit non-fiction, mainly for websites and sometimes for print. In addition, I can create and maintain basic websites.
My ESL teaching background has helped me organize and present material in ways that are more readable. It's also taught me a lot about English, other languages, and language and culture.
I'm from Canada but now live in Michigan in the US. I know both Canadian and American spelling and the vocabulary differences between the two countries.
After I got a degree in Creative Writing and became an ESL teacher, I wrote part-time for a while. In the late 1990s, I started learning how to create websites as well as how to write for the Web. I spent time in online web development communities to learn more.
"Critique my site" is a common forum discussion topic. People who ask for for and give feedback are often skilled in the technical and design aspects of web creation. I saw, however, that web writing is a lesser-known area. Other people focused on color choices, coding, and page layout techniques (important topics), and perhaps pointed out spelling mistakes. I saw ways to make sentences stronger and content easier to access.
To add to what I was learning, I took courses in web writing, editing, publishing, and online marketing.
Many website owners were doing everything themselves, and they didn't have all the necessary skills. I saw an affordable service that I could provide. Since 2004, I've been writing and editing for jobs as small as half an hour and for longer and ongoing projects.
Non-fiction writing and teaching have this process in common: present the topic and then break it into digestible pieces.
I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) international students for over 15 years, in classes and in private lessons. I know the typical mistakes that non-native speakers make in English. I understand the differences in writing structure and style in different languages. I've seen how difficult it can be for non-native speakers to read in English. This background helps me make information more accessible to both native and non-native English speakers.
Teaching and writing are complementary skills, and I still offer teaching services to those who need help with English.
More details are on ESL Support.
Here's some of what I've done:
I took these programs in Vancouver, Canada:
"Writing crystallizes thought and thought produces action." – Paul J. Meyer
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