I will guide you
through any writing challenge
I love to help people make meaning and find clarity amid messy, complicated lives.
My writing journey has empowered me to slay demons both on and off the page and I want to help other writers find the same sense of freedom through their words. In my lifelong search for truth, I’ve written volumes about issues that have impacted me or my loved ones. The act of writing has always comforted me, but the thought of sharing work can be disconcerting. If this is true for you, I feel your pain. I understand that bearing your soul takes courage and commitment. I understand your struggles and will empower you to find creative solutions and reach your writing goals.
As your book coach, I will help you sort through the clutter and identify the universal in your story. By doing this deep work, you will help others going through a similar experience by proving they’re not alone. I have learned what it takes to break through the clutter. I love coaching writers to find their voice and helping excavate the story burning inside. Whether you decide to publish or not is an individual choice with real consequences. I will guide you as we explore the pros and cons of different publishing paths and the best ways to share your work. I look forward to helping you bring what’s in your mind onto the page in a clear and compelling way.
A bit more about my background
I bring a diverse range of expertise to my work as a book coach. In 1999, I founded Coakley Marketing Communications to provide strategic marketing and communication counsel to nonprofits and small businesses. Prior to that, I was communications director for various nonprofits including City Year and the American Lung Association. I’ve led various public health initiatives and worked as an advocate to stop violence against women. I am a longtime supporter of Jane Doe Inc's mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault.
I am proud to be an Author Accelerator-certified book coach in both fiction and nonfiction, equipped with the expertise and tools to help you write your book. I also coach writers on the publishing track for She Writes Press and SparkPress.
Through Memoir Incubator, Grub Street Creative Writing Center's MFA-level, year-long class, I completed a memoir. I've also studied craft with memoir expert Marion Roach Smith. I’ve mastered the art of Story with world-renowned writing expert Robert McKee and incorporate his principles into my book coaching. I've written several screenplays, including coauthoring Queen of America, a historical nonfiction retelling of Julia Ward Howe’s international movement of mothers for peace, the remnants of which we now know as Mother’s Day.
In addition to my work as a book coach, I'm a certified college essay coach with Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute. I've worked with hundreds of students, teaching them how to hone their story, watching them get into their top colleges, and achieve their life goals. As an adjunct professor at Emerson College’s School of Communication and Boston University’s College of Communication, I've taught classes in communication and nonprofit management.
I have an M.A. in Business Organization from Emerson College and a B.A. in Communication from Boston College.
I live north of Boston, MA, with my hilarious hubby (he helps me take life less seriously, cracking me up 24/7),
our three teenagers (my world), and our miraculous rescue dog, Hope (she really knows how to use her voice).