Candace will guide you through any writing challenge.
Ever had writer's block? Candace can relate. After decades of word-wrangling, she's tamed her fear of the blank page. Now she helps writers of all ages and abilities craft compelling written work.
Candace empathizes with today's high school students vying for college acceptances in an ultra-competitive environment. She strives to make the essay process less stressful for both students and parents. Everyone has meaningful experiences that make them who they are. She helps students reflect on life lessons and become more three-dimensional on the page.
Candace has a diverse range of expertise. In 1999, she founded Coakley Marketing Communications to provide strategic communication counsel to nonprofits and local businesses. Prior to that in her role as communications director for nonprofits including City Year and the American Lung Association, she worked tirelessly to support organizational goals. She is a longtime supporter of Jane Doe Inc's mission to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.
As an adjunct professor at Emerson College’s School of Communication and Boston University’s College of Communication, Candace taught undergraduate classes in communication skills and strategies including public relations, event management, and nonprofit management.
Candace has an M.A. in Business Organization and Public Relations from Emerson College and a B.A. in Communications from Boston College. She recently completed an intensive, MFA-level, year-long writing incubator course at Grub Street Creative Writing Center in Boston. She's studied Story Seminar with world-renowned writing expert Robert McKee and incorporates his principles when helping writers communicate their story. In addition, as a member of the Partners Program, Candace has studied college essay coaching with Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute. Currently, she is completing advanced book coach certification for fiction, nonfiction, and memoir through Author Accelerator.
Candace lives north of Boston with her husband, three children, and their quirky rescue dog Hope.