Guest Speaking and Classroom Support

The school year is starting again in the U.S. As a reminder, this blog was designed to provide insights and advice regarding the business side of technical writing for students and young professionals. Today I thought I’d share some ways I can help teachers–college or maybe even high school–help your students.

Heroic Technical Writing has grown its audience over the years in part through university professors linking to it as a classroom reference. I’m happy to provide assistance to a limited number of classrooms in any of the following ways:

  • Some teachers link to specific entries while others link to the site in general. For example, my grad school thesis director, Karla Kitalong, is referring her class to my post on setting up portfolios. You are, of course, welcome to link your students to the site. And while I get reports from WordPress on where I get referrals, feel free to email or tag me via social media.
  • I take topic requests! If you want your students to get a practicing technical writer’s perspective on a particular activity or aspect of technical writing, let me know! Assuming I’ve done it, I’ll be happy to write a blog about it.
  • I’ve been a guest speaker for tech writing classrooms, usually via Skype or some other online video or audio teleconferencing service. I can show up in person for classrooms within 60 miles of Orlando, FL (gas/lunch reimbursement appreciated).
  • I’ve provided insights on specific types of projects–for example, I provided an 8th grade AP classroom a professional writer’s perspective on writing history textbooks.

I do not charge for these services for academic classrooms; however, if I took the time to help your classroom, a donation to the site (see “Paying for this Site” at the top of the right-side margin) would always be appreciated. Professional environments would subject to negotiation, as I’ve not worked with those groups yet. Things I will not do for various reasons:

  • Work with students younger than 8th grade.
  • Grade student papers/homework.
  • Create lesson plans (or make up a reason for you to include me in your classroom).
  • Pay my own expenses for an in-person classroom visit.

Otherwise, I’m happy to help! Just reach out and let me know what you have in mind. I can be reached via email (bart [at]], Twitter Direct Message, or my Facebook page. Happy educating!

About Bart Leahy

Freelance Technical Writer, Science Cheerleader Event & Membership Director, and an all-around nice guy. Here to help.
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1 Response to Guest Speaking and Classroom Support

  1. Elena C says:

    Good rreading your post

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