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Candace will guide you

through any writing challenge

Vacansopapurosophobia: Fear of the blank page is real. Candace has the solution.

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. As a writing coach, Candace specializes in college essay development and book coaching. 


Everyone has meaningful experiences that make them who they are. Candace helps writers reflect on life lessons and become more three-dimensional on the page. She loves making the essay part of the application process less stressful for both students and parents. In her capacity as a book coach for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts, Candace offers expert guidance and proven techniques to bring a written work to life. 

Candace has a diverse range of expertise. In 1999, she founded Coakley Marketing Communications to provide strategic marketing and 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 has led various public health initiatives and worked as an advocate to stop violence against women. 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 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. As a member of the Partners Program, Candace is a certified college essay coach with Wow Writing Workshop’s College Essay Institute. Additionally, Candace has been certified through Author Accelerator's Book Coach Certification Program.  

Candace lives north of Boston with her husband, three teenagers, and their brilliant rescue dog Hope.

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