About Your Writing Coaches:
Marni Freedman (BFA, LMFT) is a produced, published, and award-winning writer. After graduating as an award-winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, “Two Goldsteins on Acid,” which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for top film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, “Playing Mona Lisa,” and was produced by Disney. She has published articles in several magazines and online sites, worked as a ghost writer for memoirs and a “how to” book series.
Marni is also a therapist for artists and writers. Her welcoming, easy-going nature and solid background are the underpinnings of what makes her such a popular writing coach across the country. Marni is a unique writing coach because she has a tool for almost everything. She has a way of taking complicated information and translating it into easy-to-grasp, step-by-step information. Her character worksheets and plotting devices have been met with rave reviews.
Currently, Marni teaches writing workshops for UCSD Extension, San Diego Writers Ink and leads two popular ongoing writing groups for The San Diego Writer’s Circle. She is completing her first Book on Writing, 7 Tools That Will Make You a Better Writer and is collaborating on a book entitled, The Structure and Soul of Memoir.
Carlos de los Rios has written and published six books of prose and poetry. He is also a working filmmaker who has written/produced seven acclaimed films for Academy Award-winners Lauren Bacall and Harvey Fierstein, Academy Award-nominee Elliot Gould, Emmy Award-winners Johnny Galecki, Golden Globe-nominee Hayden Panettiere as well as movie stars such as Scott Eastwood (“Texas Chainsaw 3-D”) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta from the blockbuster hit, “The Hunger Games”).
Carlos has worked on over 20 books, 30 films and has written and or produced seven films. Carlos lectures throughout California and is a sought-after script doctor, writing coach and story consultant.
Carlos’ clients range from top Hollywood screenwriters and New York Times best-selling writers all the way across the spectrum to new writers taking their first steps on the journey of writing. His supportive and professional approach makes it easy for writers to make forward progress and improve their material for professional presentation.
Tracy Jones is a professional business writer and copy editor with more than 20 years of experience. She was the chief speechwriter for the President and Chief Executive Officer of The New York Times Company. Prior to The Times, she worked as a speechwriter for senior executives at the advertising agency Bozell Worldwide as well as writing for executives at the global headquarters of Avon Products Inc., in New York City. She worked in public relations at Porter/Novelli Los Angeles where she pitched, wrote and placed stories in national media outlets for clients such as Baskin-Robbins, Oral-B and Kia Motors America. She also worked as a speechwriter and internal communications manager for executives at KPMG LLP.
- Press Releases, Brochures, Magazine Articles, Blogs and Social Media Writing
- Punctuation and spelling checks
- Correcting grammatical mistakes
- Remove semantic errors
- Check that the publishers’ “in house” style is being followed
- How to pitch your writing and make a polished presentation
“I specialize in editing screenplays, fiction and nonfiction books. I am a fast writer and an even faster editor. I’ve done the corporate grind and understand that world well. If you need business writing with panache – I’m your girl. If you’re giving a speech for the first time in your life and need guidance and someone to hold your hand – I’m your girl. And if need copy editing to make sure your writing has the Five C’s – clear copy, correct, concise, comprehensible and consistent – again, I’m your girl. Let me help you get your writing polished and ready for the next level!”
Noel Dwyer Assistant Editor
Noel has worked as an editor and ghost writer and is an active member of two read and critique groups. She prides herself on her helpful feedback, her critical mind, and her knowledge of obscure rules of grammar. She received a BA in psychology from Vassar College and is currently working on a novel about love, loss, magic, and a giant talking salmon.