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I coach storytellers.

If you are in the early stages of writing a memoir, narrative nonfiction or fiction manuscript, you may want a guide to help you transform your brilliant idea into an actual manuscript you can sell to a traditional publisher.


I also roll up my editing sleeves to partner with writers who want insightful, actionable feedback on their work — I'll look at chapters and full drafts with a quick big-picture approach or a fine-tooth-comb, depending on how in-depth you want to go. I will (gently) push you to commit and embrace the driving force of your story. I love asking the tough questions about structure, motivation, story lines, and flow. And yes, if you go down a rabbit hole sharing information that isn't making your point, I will call that out, too.  

If you're looking for help telling a business or nonprofit's story, I am here for you — whether you need some guidance or someone to write it all for you. I love the challenge of helping leaders articulate their organization's priorities in annual reports, newsletters, letters to shareholders — whatever format reaches the right audience in the right ways. Whatever message you're trying to communicate, I can help you build your best case with my fresh and critical eye. 

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Marni’s keen insights and direction on the structure and content of the chapters she reviewed for The Grit Factor was incredibly helpful! She understood how to guide me, in my own voice, to weave the powerful anecdotes of female leaders into a unified story of grit.

Shannon Huffman Polson

Author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World, Harvard Business Review Press, September 2020