Coach Marla Beck

What Clients Say

“Every area of my life benefited from our work together.”

Jennifer Bingham Hull

-Jennifer Bingham Hull, MidAge Mom blogger and author of Beyond One: Growing a Family and Getting a Life
“Marla’s coaching is wonderfully holistic. It’s about writing, but it is about so much more. Every area of my life benefited from our work together. With Marla’s support, I found my writing groove again, revamping my website, launching a blog and making significant progress on a book project that had been languishing. Working with Marla is a treat, a gift you give yourself that continues to pay big dividends long after the coaching sessions are over. I can’t recommend her highly enough!”


 “I can’t imagine having finished this novel so quickly without her guidance.”

Daniel Schifrin

Daniel Schifrin, Director of Public Programs and Writer-in-Residence
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco

“It’s rare, as a writer, to collaborate with someone who understands both the delicacy of the imaginative process and the management tools needed to finish a work of art. Marla has been that collaborator for me. Her approach, combining the creative potential of relaxation and the efficiency of project management, offers a model of how to move one’s art upward and outward into the world. I can’t imagine having finished this novel so quickly, and so well, without her guidance.”


“I came across many coaches with the same promises, goals and mindsets.
But one in particular stood out

Lori Bambacigno

-Lori Bambacigno
Bambacigno Steel Company, Inc.
Modesto, CA
“I came across many coaches with the same promises, goals and mindsets. But one in particular stood out beyond all of the rest.
I knew what I wanted in my life, but I was not sure how to get to the next step and keep the momentum going. I remember the first time Marla and I spoke. She was honest and direct, and told me ‘you will find the answers only when you’re being challenged.’ With that one statement my thinking and writing changed.
Marla is powerful and gracious and takes great pleasure in helping you ignite your life’s desires, making sure you understand that you need to be excited about the process, not just the outcome.
My ability to communicate in business and on a personal level has improved beyond my expectations. My writing has become joyful, creative and productive, and above all, it serves a purpose.”


“I was quite hesitant to hire a coach…”

Jean Thilmamy
-Jean Thilmany, freelance writer

“I was quite hesitant to hire a writing coach to help me work on my novel. Why couldn’t I just do this myself? Why couldn’t I kick my own butt? But I realized I may have resistance that I couldn’t understand. I began working with Marla and realized how to be gentle with myself and to make small, incremental changes to my days and my writing process that have paid off big time. I have written three chapters and a plot outline since beginning work with her and I’m confident I will finish this process—and even have fun doing it, thanks to her calm influence and her clear outline for change, tailored just to me and what I was looking to accomplish.
I’d recommend Marla Beck to anyone looking to overcome writing blocks or get more in touch with his or her inner writer.”


“I learned to live in a way that was truer to my own values and priorities…”

Richard Hermes-Richard Hermes, fiction writer and journalist

“I’ve completed a major writing project and I’m enjoying a transformed relationship to my writing – freer, less encumbered by self-criticism, full of optimism about the future.
With Marla’s patience, wisdom and steady encouragement, I didn’t just get more done; I learned to live in a way that was truer to my own values and priorities.”


“A year later, I have an agent, a book contract, and an editor who wants a second book.”


-Christina Boufis, Ph.D.,author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Non-Fiction, freelance health and medical writer

 “There is something magical about working with Marla. I would get off the phone from a coaching session and find a juicy well-paying assignment in my inbox from a dream publication – something we’d been talking about only moments before. She had me talk about my long term goals, and I’d blurted out that I wanted to write books, something that I thought of as 10 or 15 years away on the horizon. A year later, I have an agent, a book contract, and an editor who wants a second book. I really believe that this is due to working with Marla who helped me articulate my goals, visualize them, and make them real. Working with Marla is transformative. She helped me see the big career picture and how all of my disparate pieces fit.”


“Doubled my income in less than three months.” 

Dana Yates

-Dana Yates, freelance science writer

“Marla empowered me to put systems in place that enabled me to double my income in less than three months. Working with Marla was the best investment I could have made in my writing career.”


“I’ve managed to break into the The New York Times, a long time goal.”

Paul-Paul Zakrzewski
Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge (Harper Perennial, 2003)
Editor, Literary Supplement
National Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York City

“Over the past several months I have landed not one but two teaching gigs (in Philadelphia and New York). I’ve also managed to break into The New York Times, a long time goal. And I’ve been working steadily on my memoir, now up to several hours each week.

After each one of our calls, I feel as if I’ve learned at least one new thing integral to writing or living.  I am amazed to see the changes—and renewed sense of purpose—that our coaching relationship has fostered.

The thing I find so helpful about Marla’s coaching is simply the power of the process: the opportunity to say something truthful about oneself in the presence of an ‘active’ listener, who then gently pushes me to find some clarity about whatever issue; and from this clarity to devise a realistic plan.”


“Marla helped me pursue projects that I otherwise might have dropped.
The results I got in three months were amazing.”

-Roberta, freelance journalist

“It’s hard to admit you might need someone to help you with your career — so many of us freelancers try to pull everything off on our own. But I knew that my work needed a change, and I had heard great things about Marla’s coaching from other writers.

The results that I got in three months of working with Marla were amazing. She helped me clarify my goals, actively seek out new opportunities, and push myself to pursue projects that I otherwise might have dropped. I landed two new gigs that paid well and managed to carve out time for creative writing. Marla also motivated me to send a pitch to a high-profile market, which promptly accepted it. Perhaps most importantly, she helped me keep a positive attitude about my business even during stressful and uncertain times.

I’m very grateful to have worked with Marla, and I’d recommend her services to any writer who needs a career boost.”


“Three new, long-term clients.  And my writing work is more fulfilling
than I ever expected it could be.”


-Dawn Lyons, freelance writer and editor

“Within five months of working with Marla, I secured three new, long-term clients. A year later, I have surpassed my target earnings by 50%!

Marla helped me clarify the type of writing I enjoy doing and helped me be more selective about the type of projects I accept. As a result, my writing work is more fulfilling than I ever expected it could be. My work with Coach Marla has been valuable beyond measure.”


“Well worth the investment.”

Evelyn Herwitz headshot
-Evelyn Herwitz, content writer, consultant, fiction writer and author of 
Trees at Risk: Reclaiming An Urban Forest

“If you’re serious about your writing and want to move your career forward, if you’re stuck and need help getting out of your own way to grow professionally, if you’re struggling to clarify what’s valuable about your writing and need guidance figuring out your direction–hire Marla Beck. Marla is kind, witty and wise. She understands all of the blocks we professional writers struggle to overcome and gives insightful, effective guidance for how to break the logjam and love your writing career again. She’s an attentive listener who tells you what you need to hear, when you need to hear it, and a great accountability partner who is fully invested in your success.

In just three months, Marla helped me to pinpoint my value-added, refine my marketing message, establish realistic goals and systems to expand my client base and invigorate my consulting practice. She paid close attention to my personal needs, enabling me to tailor my actions to what I’m confident that I can accomplish. I feel renewed and ready to move forward with my marketing consulting and personal writing. Thanks, Marla, for a wonderful experience. Well worth the investment.”