Coaching and classes in writing and sharing your story.
I lead workshops and classes for writers, performers, business professionals, and organizations. Sessions cover basic storytelling skills, finding your voice, branding, and team communication.
For individuals working on a play, book, or other longform project, I tailor development to the next milestone you need to reach.
My approach includes written and improvisational exercises, detailed feedback, and facilitated discussion. The goal is to discover significant events, get to the heart of why they matter, structure the surrounding narrative, and communicate with style.
“MT is razor-sharp perceptive, generous, and calm. She will keep nudging you for the best and most clear your story can be, until suddenly, you walk right into it.”
“Working with MT turned a scary experience of finishing my first book into a joyful experience that I was proud of. She helped crystalize ideas, offered revisions that respected and reflected my voice, and most importantly, asked questions that helped me clarify my vision for the overall manuscript as we polished individual elements.”
“Character is story. The more finely drawn your characters, the more deeply your audience is engaged. MT Cozzola is an expert at helping you understand the characters you’re trying to create. It’s not just what they want but why they want it.”
“With a performance date looming, before I found MT, the script was a series of anecdotes in search of a compelling arc and I felt stiff and scared in the telling. With MT as my director and script coach, we harvested the story from the chaff and I found the emotional confidence to tell my truth onstage.”
“Wow, she did such an amazing job inspiring the Chicago Ideas Week lab participants. I was so impressed with her writing prompts and what the participants shared!”
—Mary Jane Maharry, Brava Public Relations
“A phenomenal writing coach. MT listened very carefully to what I was struggling to communicate, helping me to uncover the ‘arc’ of my story and pinpoint the essentials of the piece.”
“…Thoughtful, insightful, fantastic…Full of great ways to help you craft and frame your story…Nonjudgmental, but also good, pointed feedback…”
—Class evaluations, The Second City Training Center