Editor and Coach
Debra Marrs

Hello, my name is Debra Marrs. I’ve been working with writers like you to help them take their writing projects from conception to delivery for almost 20 years.

WRITING YOUR LIFE STORIES IS where writers come for:

  • writing instruction
  • editing
  • coaching
  • inspiration

You’ve come to the “write place” if you need help with:

  • writing classes
  • inspiration
  • accountability
  • organizing your memoir project
  • clarifying your writing goals
  • clearing writer’s block
  • ongoing writing support with a coach who inspires
  • editing a current manuscript


I’ve worked with 4 editors now including you. They all had strengths but your abilities are FANTASTIC. I love the way you so strongly help strengthen the entire article and perspective and actually add things that still feel like they are in my voice. GREAT additions and edits, and I mean GREAT! Much gratitude and appreciation.

                                                                              – Lisa Michaels, author and creation coach


 It has been a pure pleasure working with you. You are a brilliant teacher, as well as being organized, diligent, and compassionate. Our entire Memoir series is your doing.

                                                                            Martha G. Lakis, M.A., Program Coordinator

                                                                  University of South Florida, Continuing Education


It’s hard to find people who have a mind that’s as concise, uncluttered and sensible as yours. I am so grateful for your coaching and for uplifting my spirit so I could write this book. Thank you, thank you, Debra. You are a great listener, teacher and editor.

                                                – Deborah Day Poor, LCSW and author Peace At Any Price


I LOVED this experience and it has gotten me started on some difficult writing. I would highly recommend Debra’s Summer Writing Camp to all of my writing friends.
Thank you, thank you! – Joan Z Rough, One Rich Life


You’re a great teacher and you’ve helped me a lot. More importantly, I’m remembering how much satisfaction I used to get from writing.

– Donna Murray, repeat student and client

You always perk me up and inspire me to keep on going. You said in the very beginning that that was part of your job; you are doing it well. Thanks so much for the encouragement.

— memoirist Janice Coupe

Just wanted to thank you for reviewing both versions of my short story. I appreciate your insight greatly. No matter how many times I say it or write it in an email, I can’t tell you how much of an impact you’ve had on my writing. You get me to see what’s possible.

– novelist and memoirist David A.


Wow. I can’t believe I reached this point with my manuscript. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your guidance, patience, direction and constructive criticism. You have made my experience rich, educational and inspirational. I am not given to fits of adulation, but your keen insight, critique and most of all your undying support and belief in my ability sustained me when I wanted to quit. I thank you most heartily for that alone. It is very encouraging to beginning writers, like myself, to have had the opportunity of meeting a teacher/instructor/motivator like you. For me, you are an indispensable asset.

 author, Albert T., Cuban Love: Lost and Found

 Debra, I can’t thank you enough for your help and advice. You have given me inspiration to write better and the courage to face rejection. Thanks again.

— novelist Kathy Dillenbeck


 Debra Marrs is an extraordinary writing coach and speaker. She is a master with non-fiction books, how-to articles for magazine or website publication, short stories, and memoir writing. Debra energizes and empowers individuals and groups and is a joy to work with. If you are looking for someone to lift your writing to a higher level, look no further than Debra.

– Leslie Hamp, www.lesliehamp.com



Thanks for all of your comments on pieces #2 and #3! You teach me so much through your feedback — both by what you like and what you suggest I do differently.

– memoirist Marcia Smith


Let’s write together!

Debra Marrs is an editor and coach for writers. She has been teaching life story writing and other creative nonfiction classes since 1992. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Bride’s, San Jose Business Journal, as well as numerous business and education newsletters. She is currently working on a series of personal essays for her book entitled, Those Who Shaped Me.