Meet Our Team

Kaila, Founder and Managing Director  

 

Digital Nomad Writing Club is the latest brainchild from Kaila Krayewski. Kaila has combined travel with work for the past 14 years –– making her a digital nomad long before people were calling it that.

 

Her journey started in her native Canada, where she studied journalism, before going on to further hone her writing skills and expand her worldview with a master’s in International Relations in the UK.

 

From here, she secured a competitive role managing the communications for Oban, a multilingual SEO company. In her time with Oban, she helped establish their place as a leader in the digital marketing industry, by spearheading a substantial PR campaign that saw the company featured in over 100 magazines.

 

Armed with her experience and successes, but looking for a new challenge –– and most importantly, some new places, she started to take remote writing roles which enabled her to work while she travelled.

 

This led her to Bangkok ten years ago, to direct the editor process for several luxury travel magazines. Thailand is still home today, though it’s been on the paradise island of Koh Phangan for many years now.  

 

In 2013 once again she wanted a new work challenge, something more on her own terms. With the knowledge, connections and vast network she had established, she launched her own content marketing company Archipelago Communications, from her Thai island stronghold.   

 

Kaila discovered she is a natural entrepreneur, able to sniff out what doesn’t exist yet and make it happen –– particularly if it supports her fellow digital nomads.

 

In 2017, she established the Content Castle, on the neighbouring island of Koh Samui. This live-in content writing residency and workshop programme enabled her to give the training and mentorship she wished she had received to the next generation of digital nomads.

 

The new decade of 2020 marks the next progression of her projects. Cue, the Digital Nomad Writing Club -- a virtual evolution of the Content Castle’s writing programme.

 

With one finger always on the pulse of the digital marketing industry needs, coupled with the ambition to make her successful writers’ residency programme at the Content Castle more dynamic and inclusive, DNWC is the natural next step.  

 

Who better to provide a platform for anyone wanting to follow in her footsteps and create their own digital nomad success story?

Renee, Workflow and Account Manager

Renee masterminds the writer and client side of the Digital Nomad Writing Club. She holds down the workflow and process for the writers (yes –– making sure you hit those deadlines!), whilst coordinating the communications and briefing process for the clients.

 

She is a true organisational and strategic superwoman. We don’t know what we would do without her.  

 

Not unlike a superhero, she had many lives before starting her digital nomad journey. It's hard to believe that she only left her native Australia for the first time 12 years ago. Since then, she has seriously made up for lost time, visiting 47 countries to date and counting.

 

In her former life back in Australia, Renee successfully climbed the career ladder in bank management, coordinator and PA roles in the mining and construction industry, and managing a major client’s workflow process for an engineering company…but after that first trip overseas she caught a serious case of the travel bug.

 

Seven years ago, she took the plunge and decided to embark on a less conventional career path which would give her greater freedom to travel.

 

She sold her house, cashed in her savings and set her sights on making a living abroad a full-time reality. For a number of years she was part of a collaborative venture running an independent travel business in India –– a country that still feels like home.   

 

Her major turning point came in July 2018, however, when she landed a place at the Content Castle, Digital Nomads Writing Club’s bricks-and-mortar predecessor. Not only did she hone her writing and editing skills, but her organisational prowess caught the eye of Kaila and ultimately landed her a job at Archipelago Communications, the parent company of both DNWC and the Content Castle.  

 

Once again location independent, Renee has become a true digital nomad, working as she has travelled across Southeast Asia, Nepal, her beloved India, and returning to her homeland Australia every now and again.

 

Renee knows how to keep things balanced. When she isn’t overseeing the writer workflow and client accounts, she is pursuing her holistic passions. She has studied and is trained in Yoga, Ayurveda, Coaching, NLP, CBT, and Mindfulness, and can’t wait for the day that she can draw on her vast skill set and launch her own wellbeing business. Watch this space…    

Julie-Ann, Chief Editor

 

Meet our editing guru. Not only does Julie-Ann have the final say on all the articles before they’re submitted to our clients, but she provides feedback and mentorship to our blossoming writers, and draws on her wealth of experience to give second-to-none writer’s workshops.

 

Julie-Ann has seen the evolution of the writing and editorial industry into the digital age. She originally gained experience from roles in magazine admin, newspaper advertising sales, a journalism internship in a radio newsroom, and a Club Promotions and Media Officer at a football club in her native Ireland.   

 

When she lost her job at the football club due to cutbacks (she blames Thierry Henry’s handball against Ireland…), it was the perfect opportunity for a career overhaul to keep up with the digital changes.

 

She went back to college as a mature student and kicked serious ass by studying two degrees side-by-side in two years. As part of her degrees in Digital Marketing and Project Management, she studied writing for the web, UX/UI design, web design, photography and a range of other tech-related subjects.   

 

While winding up her degrees, she came across an ad for a part-time, remote content writer for an agency. She’s still working for them five years later. Her golden piece of advice for digital nomads: find that ‘bread-and-butter’ client, and don’t let them down! Once you have a guaranteed source of income, it becomes much easier to make your digital nomad life a long term reality.

 

Travel has always been in Julie-Ann’s blood, having emigrated to Canada with her parents when she was 10 months old, before returning to Ireland aged four. Since then, she’s taken every opportunity she could get to go exploring, whether it was backpacking across Europe or road-tripping through Ireland with her sons.

 

Four years ago, with both her sons having flown the nest, two degrees under her belt, the financial security of her agency position, and confident she could pick up freelance work as she went, she decided to scratch her travel itch and take her work on the road, journeying across Asia. She hasn’t looked back since.

 

It was while volunteering in India in July 2019 that she came across the role of editor at Digital Nomad Writing Club –– and we are so grateful for it! Her wisdom and insight, not just on improving your writing skills but how to actually swing it as a digital nomad are unmatched.

 

During her travels, Malaysia captured her heart, and she spends a lot of time in Kuala Lumpur –– but she loves the ease of not being tied down anywhere, knowing her bag is always packed for whenever she wants a new adventure.

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