Writing Coaching

Contact me to schedule your free, 20-minute consultation.

What are you working on? Is it a novel? A memoir? A children’s book? A podcast? A play? Let me help you start and finish it! I’ve combined over 25 years of writing and teaching experience into private coaching, helping clients achieve their creative goals. Monthly guest speakers, technical editing, and courses on craft distinguish this writing coaching program. Dive in! Scroll down for coaching offers:


Word Week!

December 11-15th, 2023, Online

End 2023 with a bang! Join me and your fellow writers for Word Week where you’ll:

*Generate pages

*Have the chance to get coached

*Receive edits

*All in a fun, supportive environment with like-minded people, for less than $10.00 a day.

*All sessions recorded if you can’t make the times:

Monday 12/11 9am PT

Tuesday 12/12 9am PT

Wednesday 12/13 4pm PT

Thursday 12/14 10am PT

Friday 12/15 9am PT

Register Here


“Melissa is amazing! She helped me identify my fears and face them, so I could finally get my writing practice underway. With her structural know-how, dialogue virtuosity and comic gifts, she is an excellent technical coach as well as an insightful and inspired motivator.”

Mary O., Santa Monica, CA

“I just wanted you to know Blind Rage (true-crime podcast) is in the bag and published. I cannot express how grateful I am for your help with this project.”

Carol C., Los Angeles, CA

“BM (Before Melissa) I would have scoffed at the thought of working with an anything-coach, let alone a writing coach, but a friend recommended her and I trusted my friend. I had a 20-minute consultation call and she was so open, interested, and helpful that by the time we hung up I had decided to go for it. I signed up the next day (for the 5-month offer), and by the end of the week we were coaching. AM (Afer Melissa) I can tell you that I finished my script which is now with an agent (I got the agent from the script), and I had 11 coaching sessions that were engaging, funny, motivating and even profound. Melissa is so good at her job. Don’t fear coaching! It’s real and it’s helpful. I will hire her again for my next writing project.”

Marcus A., New York, NY

“I hope you know how deeply I appreciate you seeing and celebrating my gifts, as well as all your brilliant, helpful insights and our fertile-as-heck back-and-forths that were so freaking fun and expansive.”

Marlene M., Sydney, Australia


  • Year-long coaching program
  • Best for those starting a new project, or have an early draft of a project, and need accountability, editing, feedback, access to guest speakers and classes.
  • 2x month/hour-long coaching calls to spitball ideas, discuss progress, set goals, receive feedback.
  • 20 pages per month deep reading/editing of your pages with written feedback. Light editing after 240 pages, until the end of your project.
  • Guest speakers throughout the year, including agents, publishers, producers, podcasters and authors.
  • Access to 3 courses/workshops over the year, on craft, structure, content.
  • By the end of the year you will have a solid draft (or more) of your project.
  • Pay-in-full discount

Learn more, see pricing, and get started with a free 20-minute consultation today.


  • 5-month coaching program
  • Best for people who have a draft of a project but still need some time to finesse, need accountability, editing, feedback, access to guest speakers and classes.
  • 11, hour-long coaching calls to use at your convenience to spitball ideas, discuss progress, set goals, receive feedback.
  • 15 pages per month reading/editing of your pages with written feedback.
  • Guest speakers throughout the program, including agents, publishers, producers, podcasters and authors.
  • Access to 2 courses/workshops over the 5-month period, on craft, structure, content.
  • By the end of the 5-months, you will have a working draft of your project.
  • Pay-in-full discount

Learn more, see pricing, and get started with a free 20-minute consultation today.

“Melissa is such an inspiring coach! She helped me shape my book into something much more powerful! I’m so happy to have her!”

Barbara R., Los Angeles, CA

“The writing accelerator exceeded all my expectations. I learned about writing, so it propelled me to write. The idea I’ve had in my head for years finally took shape – zero to 13,000 words in 8 sessions.”

Jennifer K, Mexico City

“I’m so glad I hired Melissa to help me finish my book, which is now with an agent. She was always prepared with insights and edits. I enjoyed my time with her immensely.”

Claire W., Philadelphia, PA

“Thank you a thousand times over, Melissa. This was such great experience, and I am finally enroute to finishing my memoir.”

Karen B., Los Angeles, CA


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Upcoming Speakers:

Please RSVP to the upcoming talks you’d like to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the talk.

December 5th, 2023, 4pm PST

Writers Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington are two halves of a dry-erase whiteboard. They have staffed on the CBS hit The New Adventures of Old Christine, the Horizon Worlds show Skits & Giggles, and the PBS Digital series Frankenstein MD; written for the podcast companies Meet Cute and Aural Stories; won audio fellowships with the Orchard Project and Gotham Film & Media Institute; and developed for Disney, Audible and NBC. Their feature, The Proposal, recently finished production with Reel One, and their audio series, The Devil Inside is out now. They’re excited to share their love of storytelling online, offline, and via audio with their students. 

Danielle received her BA in Communication Arts (with a concentration in TV-Radio-Film) and Political Science from the University of WI and her MA in Communication Management (concentration in Online Communities) from USC. Heather received her BA in English and  Psychology from the University of Michigan an MAPH in literature from the University of Chicago where she learned that Shakespeare will never get old. 

Past Speakers:

Author Tara Altebrando

Author/Television writer/Producer Gina Fattore

Producer Fonda Snyder

Children’s Author Rochelle Strauss

Author/Screenwriter Rachael Biggs

Author/Screenwriter David Kukoff

Author Christine Chang

Screenwriter Irene Turner