Writing Coaching

Contact me to schedule a 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!

NEW OFFER: 3-month Writing Accelerator coming in February, 2023

Need a little boost beginning your project? Or are you at the end of your draft, hungry for feedback and connection? Please join me and your fellow creators for 8-sessions from February-April. We will meet in community to offer encouragement, support, feedback, editing, and so much more. There will also be access to guest speakers and 1:1 office hours. All sessions recorded.

Investment: $2,400

Enroll by January 25th: $1,999

Reach out to me at write_info@melissaclarkwrites.com with your name, and the project you are working on, and to save your spot. We will get back to you with dates and syllabus within 24 hours, or go here.

First meeting is Saturday, February 4th, 9am -11am PST

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, Santa Monica, CA

“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, Sydney, Austrailia

“Years ago I started a screenplay which sat on my computer for almost a decade. A friend recommended Melissa, and she worked with me over Zoom to finesse the outline and get to the fun part: writing the script. Happy to say it’s now on submission. Without Melissa’s help, it would still be sitting in my MacBook. Instead, it’s a living project.”

Adam, Brooklyn, NY

THE DEEP-END PACKAGE

  • 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.


THE SHALLOW-END PACKAGE

  • 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, Los Angeles, CA

“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, Philadelphia, PA

CURRENT CLIENTS

Book your coaching sessions here:

https://calendly.com/writingpool/writing-coaching-session?month=2022-01&date=2022-01-10

Upcoming Speakers:

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

Thursday, January 26th, 4pm PST

Author/Screenwriter Rachael Biggs

Rachael Biggs is an author and screenwriter who divides her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.
Her first book, Yearning for Nothings and Nobodies, is a memoir self-published to critical acclaim in 2012 with no publicity, and sales that reflect as much. It’s a gritty, darkly comedic, coming-of-age story about growing up with a drug-addicted, schizophrenic mother, as well as a cast of other seedy characters. It has been likened to The Glass Castle or Whate Oleander and she adapted it to a feature film script as Behind the Eight Ball.
In 2016 she graduated film school with a screenwriting diploma and joined the writer’s room as an assistant on a couple of non-inspiring shows, but the education proved fruitful when in 2022 she optioned her dark comedy feature Kill Me.
In January 2023, her short fiction anthology, And I was Like November, will be released under Ingram Spark. Early reviews call the stories raw, compelling and authentic as they navigate themes of loneliness and longing through the eyes of women on the dark outskirts of society.

RSVP for Rachael here

Thursday, February 23rd, 4pm PST

Author/Screenwriter David Kukoff

David Kukoff is a screenwriter and author, whose script, THE CIVIL WAR, which tells the true story of the battle between legendary feminist Gloria Steinem and conservative grass roots activist, Phyllis Schlafly over the Equal Rights Amendment, was bought by FilmNation.  Another recent screenplay, BOROUGH OF CHURCHES, was optioned by producer ROCKY and GOODFELLAS producer, Irwin Winkler.  While serving a stint as a professor at Northwestern University, Kukoff wrote two books about film and television writing as well as the acclaimed novel, CHILDREN OF THE CANYON, which told the story of  a boy growing up in Los Angeles during the 1970s Laurel Canyon counterculture and was developed for television by “The Voice” star and Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine.  In 2016, Kukoff compiled and edited the bestselling anthology, LOS ANGELES IN THE 1970s, which featured contributions from Doors drummer John Densmore, LA Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez, and legendary USC running back Anthony Davis, and was a Foreword Indie Award Finalist.  Kukoff’s contribution to the book, IT WAS FUN WHILE IT LASTED, was an oral history of University High’s experimental IPS school, and was excerpted in Los Angeles Magazine in November, 2016 and subsequently developed for television by director Ridley Scott.  Kukoff has also sold and rewritten film and television film projects for every studio in Hollywood, done an uncredited polish on the Paramount/Nickelodeon hit movie, CLOCKSTOPPERS and scripted five movies for ABC and Disney for stars like Justin Timberlake, Katey Sagal, Rhea Perlman, and the Olsen Twins.  In his early twenties, fresh out of UCLA Film School, Kukoff was a writer on sitcoms like BLOSSOM, THE JOHN LARROQUETTE SHOW, and THEA.

RSVP for David here

Past Speakers:

Author Tara Altebrando

Author/Television writer/Producer Gina Fattore

Producer Fonda Snyder

Children’s Author Rochelle Strauss