"A word after a word after a word is power."
― Margaret Atwood
Words are power.
Candace Coakley partners with clients at every stage of the writing process,
from clarifying ideas to polishing finished drafts, in order to achieve powerful results.
Whether you're a high school student agonizing over your college application essay
or an aspiring author ready to share your writing, Candace will help you harness your voice
and produce meaningful work with maximum impact.
Artwork by Katherine Coakley
College Essay Coaching
An exceptional college application essay has the ability to make a high school student stand out in a crowded pool of qualified candidates. Candace teaches students how to write essays that use their authentic voice, showcasing their talents and personalities and increasing acceptance rates.
No one should write in a vacuum. (It's dusty and downright isolating in there!) In order to tell their story in the most creative and transcendent way, writers need collaborative feedback from a professional. Candace specializes in providing manuscript coaching, editing, and consultation for fiction and nonfiction projects including novels, business books, memoirs, and personal essays.
Bad writing make have overtaken the Twitterverse, but it doesn't have to impact your business. It's critical for an organization to build their brand across multiple communication channels. Candace works closely with companies to refine communications strategies and materials, shaping the message and improving the bottom line.
For 25 years I've honed the ability to communicate clearly and authentically.
I thrive on helping writers of all abilities express themselves. Whether working with an individual or a business, I collaborate with clients to craft distinctive and compelling content that speaks directly to their target audience.
Fostering powerful communication is my life's work. There's nothing more rewarding than transforming an original idea or draft into an exceptional piece of writing. No matter the genre, I maintain the writer's authentic voice and style. As a professional editor, I hold myself to the highest standards of accuracy and integrity.
My philosophy is simple: Dig deep and get to the heart of the matter. I'll never forget the first time I encountered the transcendent nature of words. Early in my career when I worked for the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, I drafted a speech for Governor William Weld. I was blown away as I heard my talking points come out of his mouth. I've experienced this phenomenon many times over throughout my career.
I am passionate about nurturing young leaders who hold the key to our future. As communications director for City Year, I had the privilege of working closely with corps members, teaching them how to share their inspiring messages on a national platform. I've also led various public health initiatives and worked as an advocate to stop violence against women. My professional journey has been varied and rewarding. Working behind the scenes to help others communicate effectively and reach their goals (on the page and in their lives) is my mission.
I look forward to hearing your story and helping you share it with the world.