Maryann is an award-winning writer and editor. She spent the first part of her career in New York City and Los Angeles, working for Sony Pictures Television and Film as a screenplay Story Editor. After having two boys, Maryann wrote a humorous, weekly newspaper column in Los Angeles and San Diego that ran for eight years. As both a writer and editor, she uses her unique background in journalism, screenwriting, and storytelling to help writers put ideas into stories that are at once relatable, understandable, and memorable, and also connect with people on an emotional level. For the past ten years, Maryann has helped high school and college students with their college essay writing process. She studied Dramatic Arts at the University of California Irvine where she graduated with Distinguished Honors. Maryann holds a Specialized High School College Counseling Certificate from UCSD. She enjoys yoga, pickleball, and going to blockbuster movies on opening night.