Anatoly Klebanov, BS
Hometown: Auburn, MA
Degree earned at WPI: BS, Professional Writing
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I initially decided to attend WPI in order to study computer science at one of the leading engineering institutions in the nation. I later re-discovered my passion for writing, and seeing as WPI was one of the first universities in the nation to introduce the innovative Professional Writing degree, I decided to pursue a career in technical writing.
Present job title and employer:
I am a self-employed author/technical writer and author of best-selling Survival Guide series on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks. The publisher is MobileReference.
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
I always referred to the Professional Writing program as a build-your-own-sundae major, which allowed me to take classes from a vast variety of disciplines and incorporate the knowledge from each one into my profession. As a result, I have a strong computer science background, as well as the tools I need to be a technical writer at the professional level. I work with technical devices, such as Kindles and iPads, every day, and I need to be able to understand how they work in order to efficiently explain it to the users. I feel well-rounded, and that no class was wasted; I still use many of the principles I learned at WPI in my work.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace?
While I spend a lot of my time working in solitude when writing, I also work in conjunction with my brilliant editor, and wife, Julia. As a result, it is important to stay concentrated on the topic at hand when working in such a team. My experience at WPI helped me to develop the streamlined system of writing and editing in an effort to increase both the yearly quantity and overall quality of my books.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Towers Newspaper
- Tutor at the Writing Center
WPI is just as much about the education as it is about the people. Because of the connections I made, I was able to be in the profession I love today. I am also currently trying to start up a writing tutoring business.