blurbs about my work

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Elizabeth Gilbert

New York Times Best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love

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Abbi Jacobson

Comedian, Actor, Creator of Broad City

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Ilana Glazer

Comedian, Actor, Creator of Broad City

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Sasheer Zamata

Comedian, Actor, star of Saturday Night Live

“Melanie Hamlett is smart and funny and sick and wrong and dark and playful and smart as hell—and I love her.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

“Melanie’s bold and spontaneous stories make us dream about being freer. In an age when sitting in front of a computer all day is the norm, she’s an amazing example of how to get out and really live, wide-eyed and open-hearted.”

-Abbi Jacobson

“Melanie is a pure explorer and recorder of the world. Her wild experiences and whimsical telling of them ride the edge of terrifying and wonderful. I’m pretty sure she lives for her stories.”

-Ilana Glazer

“Melanie has one of the most surprising/intriguing/dangerous/exciting lives of anyone I have ever met, and she is SO good at retelling those stories to an audience in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering if she’ll be alright in the end. But she is, obviously."

-Sasheer Zamata

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Melinda Buckley
(writer, Broadway actress, coach)

"Last year I met an amazing, I mean, truly amazing woman. I wanted to find new writing opportunities but I had no clue where or how to start. Well, Melanie Hamlett changed ALL that! I worked with her and BAM! sold my very first pitch to my first choice publication (The Huffington Post) and it's still trending!!! I can't say enough about her. 

She is a FANTASTIC teacher! And an even better human being, who truly wants you to succeed!! You'll get so much out of this! Don't wait to sign up, it's soooooo worth it!”

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Vince Duque
(writer, filmmaker, creative coach)

"As an American with a FIlipino heritage, I've been wanting to express my authentic voice in a professional forum for decades. I've taken many a screenwriting class and writing workshop. But it is with Melanie's pitch workshop and her subsequent coaching that I have been able to crack the ceiling (sold 1st pitch ever written to The Huffington Post).  She is no-nonsense and tells it like it is to get your work out there. She genuinely cared about seeing my work out there and she put in the time in me in ways no other coach had ever done - sports or otherwise.  If you want to express your authentic voice and want to get your work out there, take her pitch workshop. Then hire her as a coach.  Boom."

student testimonials:

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"Can I just say a thousand times over that you should sign up for Melanie Hamlett's workshop before there are no spots left? I had absolutely no idea how to pitch before I took Melanie's workshop, and my pieces in the HuffPost and Harper's Bazaar wouldn't have been published without her wisdom, her guidance, her cheerleading, her humor. and her mean eye for editing. Can't say thank you enough!!!"

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Bill McKinley
(writer, actor, storyteller, coach)

"If Mary Poppins coached writers (and had a potty mouth), she’d be Melanie Hamlett: the most practically-perfect-in-every-way writing nanny around. There isn’t a part of the pitching-writing-getting published world she hasn’t conquered, and she shares everything she knows, as your biggest cheerleader. Every aspiring writer should be so lucky as to have a Melanie Hamlett in their life. 

 

For many years, I had friends tell me I should write. I was always finding an excuse though, not knowing where to start, lacking confidence, etc. Then Melanie Hamlett dropped into my life. All my excuses disappeared. and getting published was no longer daunting. After working with Melanie, I sold my first pitch to Huffington Post within 30 minutes of sending it, then they commissioned my second Huffpost piece a few days later, and my third piece (with The Daily Beast) is about to be published. Melanie creates accomplished, empowered, published writers. If you’re serious about getting published professionally, work with her—she’s the real deal."

Lindsey Lange-Abramowitz
(writer, 3-time Moth Storytelling Winner)

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Olive Persimmon
(author, comedian, coach)

"Melanie Hamlett is an incredibly knowledgeable, relatable, and down-to-earth instructor. I started writing articles on the internet in 2013 before my first book came out and stopped for a while after my second book came out. Recently, I wanted to get back in the game, but the game had changed! So I took one of Melanie's workshops and was blown away by the amount of useful knowledge she gave us. She made it easy and accessible for anyone to start pitching articles. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to start writing articles." 

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Julia Daye
(writer, reporter)

"Melanie is a fantastic coach and teacher. Her extensive knowledge of the business of writing, her humor, and immense care humanize the industry and illuminate the path to turning personal stories into bylines. Thanks for the amazing workshops!"

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Jules Theis
(writer, mother of three)

"Melanie has given me the confidence and guidance to pitch editors for my dream publications

Through her incredible industry knowledge and brilliant skills not only as a writer but also an editor Melanie helped my writing dreams come true within the first three months of starting, by assisting me with two by-lines published on major publications (The Huffington Post and Insider). She pushed me to write better, dig deeper and get to the heart of the story, and I am so proud of the work we created. Melanie gave me the confidence to share my very personal stories publicly and helped guide me through the whole process. I couldn't ask for a better writing coach and mentor! Thank you Melanie for all of your generous work in building my writing career."