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Start clean and simple. Don’t try to write pretty or noble or big. Try to say just what you mean. This is hard because you have to find out what you mean, and that’s work, real work. (Gertrude Stein)

- Rebecca Robins

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Marla Miller

SBWC Workshops:


Favorite Books:

Ray Carver, Anne Sexton, Suzanna Moore, Barnaby Conrad, James Ellroy & Ann Lamott for inspiration.

Writing tip I live by:

Writing is rewriting

Marla Miller

About Me

For 16 years, Marla Miller wrote for the OC Register magazine before becoming founding editor-in-chief of an O.C. lifestyle magazine. Her first book debuted in 1999. Simon and Schuster published All American Girls, the authorized biography of the World Cup/Gold Medal winning U.S Women’s National Soccer Team. Until 2003, her sports columns appeared in In 2003, Marla’s experience in traditional publishing inspired her to launch MarketingtheMuse Workshops at SBWC. Though indie publishing wasn’t much of a thought back then, association with a big house taught her that many traditionally published authors receive very little help from marketing departments.

She works with writers on the road to publication. Marla’s experience in the entrepreneurial (indie) author movement includes several co-author and/or with author books, an e-novel and an e-short story. In April 2016, a small New York press will publish one of Marla’s clients, a writer she met in her 2013 SBWC workshop.

Though she appreciates the options writers now have, Marla’s point of view remains the same: first, write the best dang story you know how to write.

See you soon! Any questions, email me @writersMAMA

What I require of my students

Passion for their work and ability to hear constructively delivered critiques

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC