Coaching services

I offer coaching for nonfiction writers working to pitch articles and get them published, as well as authors who need assistance and support in conceptualizing and completing their novel. My services include regular phone and email consultations as well as brainstorming sessions and thoughtful editing. Writing can be a lonely profession—sometimes what you need most is someone to help guide you along the way. Contact me if you’d like to hear more.



Becoming a freelance writer/journalist can be daunting, especially for a mid-career professional in an unrelated field.

Working with Marlaina has been transformative. She is both a skilled editor and empathic coach. As an editor, she is perceptive and detail-oriented. As a coach, she is responsive and amazingly supportive. She has never seemed impatient with my (at times) endless email questions about how to craft a pitch or locate an appropriate publication for my work.

Best of all: I have had success! One of my journalism pieces was accepted at a national publication, and I am slowly but surely building my writing portfolio.

I recommend Marlaina to any budding (or experienced) writer looking to revamp or enhance their work.

– Naomi Weinshenker, MD