Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved the smell of crayons and made little books out of construction paper. Writing has always been my “thing”. You know those nerdy people who read Shakespeare for fun? I’m one of them.
I started writing poetry and short stories as a kid and got really serious about my fiction in my twenties. A stay-at-home mom at the time, I applied to be a freelance writer for the Owen Sound Sun Times, the big newspaper in my area. With a population of only 20,000, Owen Sound, Ontario was just a small town, but they were the biggest gig around.
The editor gave me the job based on my short story samples and I started covering court news, local events and anything interesting in Hanover, where I lived at the time. My first assignment: writing about the upcoming homecoming celebration, a weekend-long event. It was my job to visit the BBQ, the parade, the book fair – anything on the agenda – and write an article about it.
The only problem? I had no clue how to write for a newspaper. So I dissected a few articles and figured out how to present the information in the classic inverted pyramid style. I must have done okay because my article was published with only minor edits.
Fast forward a couple of years and I’m divorced and looking for a full-time job. With newspaper tear sheets in hand, I got a communications role at a meat-packing association in Guelph where I wrote the member newsletter and all the marketing materials.
I quickly moved to marketing roles at several high tech companies in Waterloo, the Silicon Valley of Canada. I eventually landed in financial services, where I worked as a marketing communications specialist for two major insurance companies.
And here I am today, ready to use this broad experience to help you connect with your clients.
I’m located near London, Ontario and work with clients in both Canada and the United States, typically without needing to meet the client in person. Although I do love sushi and won’t say no if you’d like to get together to discuss your project over a meal.
By the way, I never gave up on the fiction. I self-published a Young Adult novel and I’m currently working on a crime novel.
Give me a call/text at 226-201-0790 or send me a message below to get started.
Leanne is an incredible teammate who brings a wealth of experience and reliability. Her versatility to work in multiple streams and get in the right mindset quickly really helps tackle any project. I enjoy working with Leanne, and appreciate having a copywriter I can trust.
Spencer Ford, Owner/Graphic Designer http://www.spencerford.com