About

Nelsie in Pink No Glasses

WELCOME! If you’ve landed on my website you are looking for help, guidance, knowledge and support in the writing process. As a produced playwright, award-winning screenwriter (Valley Inn) and published novelist who’s been a Writing Coach, Script Doctor, Editor & Teacher for the last 10+ years, I can help you get your vision on paper.

Whether you need a Script Doctor, have a novel you’re desperate to write, a juicy/hysterical/heart-warming memoir to tell, a stage play, screenplay or TV Pilot that you’re passionate about – I can help you! In fact, helping writers be true to their voice and their vision (sometimes helping them find their voice and vision) is one of my favorite things to do! I LOVE it! I LOVE working with “young” and not-s-young writers! I bring 30 years of experience as a professional writer as a Writing Coach to help support and inspire you to your goal.

My mission:  To create community, support and inspiration to the writer.

When I wrote my novel The Playgroup, (St. Martins, 2003) I did it quickly and with determination and joy thanks, in great part to working with Writing Coach Lou Stanick, PhD. This experience led me to believe that the intimate, supportive, one-on-one experience of working with the right Writing Coach can be invaluable.These weekly meetings create accountability, support and even community.  In the end this process helps the writer find, hone and polish their voice and skills so they can get on the page the story that is in their head.  Ideally, they will end up with something that is even better than what was originally in their head.

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MY STORY

I call myself The Accidental Writer because my career as a writer began when I was an actor looking for a job.  What did I do? I wrote myself a role with my best friend Laury Marker. Our play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, (which I also co-starred in with Laury) premiered at Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theatre in Westport, Ct.  This was the first of many sold-out and critically acclaimed productions.  Along the way we worked with producer Dash Epstein and director Morton DeCosta (both Tony-Award winners).

Since Daddy, I’ve written stand-up, become a published novelist (The Playgroup),  worked as a radio talk show host with comics Cory Kahaney and Maureen Langan, written screenplays, including the award-winning fish-out-of-water, romantic-comedy Valley Inn (co-writer with Kim Swink). Valley Inn will be available On-Demand and on DVD Dec 2015.

Nora Ephron called my first screenplay, A Girl’s Best Friend, “A brilliant premise and a wonderful screenplay.” When she took the script to Sony and they passed on it, she told them, “You’re idiots! Read it again!” God bless you Nora!

I recently returned to my first love – theatre, when I designed and taught “Creating a One-Person Show; A Writing Workshop for Actors” through Robin Morse Studios.  The weekly workshop allowed me to use my talents as a Writing Coach, Director and Editor to help the actor/writer find the story they are eager to tell in a way that shows off their voice. The class culminated in a ‘Works in Progress Night’ with all the members sharing some of their wonderful pieces. The night ended with a standing ovation from the pack house.  I’m bringing the class back in February 2016, a Level I and Level II class. 

Additionally, I recently wrote the pilot for Running the Asylum, a half-hour TV series adapted from my autobiographical novel – Timothy’s Plan – that chronicles my time fresh out of high school, working at my father’s – well… Nuthouse. Think Cuckoo’s Nest meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

With longtime friend diane Patalano at The Temecula International Film Fest

With longtime friend Diane Patalano at The Temecula International Film Fest

My career as a writer began when I was an actor looking for a job.  What did I do? I wrote myself a role with my best friend Laury Marker. Our play, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, (which I also co-starred in with Laury)

Since Daddy, I’ve written stand-up, a sexy, comic novel, The Playgroup, (St. Martins, ’03) worked in radio, ghostwritten both novels and memoirs, and helped writers polish, edit and perfect their craft in almost every genre.  Throughout my unorthodox career path I’ve met and worked with many interesting and influential people such as, super agent Ari Emanuel, feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Oscar winners Jane Fonda and Mary Tyler Moore, to name a few.

 

Recently, I returned to my first love – theatre, when I designed and taught Creating a One-Person Show; A Writing Workshop for Actors through Robin Morse Studios. The weekly workshop culminated in a ‘Works in Progress Night’ with all the members sharing some of their wonderful pieces. The night ended with a standing ovation from the packed house.  Another class coming this fall.

Selfie with my amazing Actor/Writers

Selfie with my amazing Actor/Writers. Carolyn Magnini, Wendy Luck, Ales Birnie, Mary Macdonald Hamill, Erik Liberman and Rebecca Eichenberger

Last winter is did a staged reading of my TV pilot,  Running the Asylum, adapted from my autobiographical novel that chronicles my time – fresh out of high school – working with psychotics, schitsophrenics and manic depressives at my father’s very unorthodox mental health facility. Think Cuckoo’s Nest meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Summer 2015, I joined the faculty of Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Over the last year I’ve met hundreds of students teaching weekly and one-day intensives in Humor Writing I, Creative Writing 101 & Character Development, and at Open  and Free Events that Gotham hosts at local Bookstores.  It has been delightful every step of the way!

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