Not only do I write for various publications, but I also help others with their writing, by editing/line editing. I run in-person and online writing groups and also work with clients one-on-one (via email and on the phone). Many of the writers I have worked with — and pieces I’ve edited — have gotten published in places such as Salon, xoJane, Vice, Dame, YourTango, Purple Clover, Role Reboot, Bustle, and The Morning News. If you need writing or editing help, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the 52 Weeks, 52 Couches Blog & Project:
When the recession hit in 2009, I lost my job and could not find a new one right away (as I could in the past). So I gave up my biggest asset — my apartment — and decided to “sleep around”… but not by using the so-called Hollywood casting couch. Instead, I decided to live with a different friend in L.A. each week for a year while I tried to get stable again: work wherever and whenever I could, save up for a new place, and continue to whittle away my gargantuan student loan debt (the Department of Education had become my new landlord). I slept everywhere from mansions in Malibu to studios in Silverlake, on California Kings some nights and on yoga mats on others. Soon, 52 weeks turned into over 208 (four years!), and couch-surfing became more a way of life than a short-term solution. In the process, I discovered that I was finding the home(s) I never had as a child, having grown up in a single-parent household and moving often. One week, I’d stay in a houseful of jovial kids; another, I’d stay with a friend mourning the loss of a parent. Above all else, I learned the value of connection. Currently, I am piecing together my couch stories and writing a couch-surfing memoir, 52 Weeks, 52 Couches: How I Slept My Way through Hollywood (Without Sleeping With Anybody).
In 2015, I started to couch-surf again when my grandmother/best friend became ill in Chicago, and I left L.A. to be closer to her. Since I couldn’t sleep at her nursing home, couches and sublets became my home. When she died in the summer of 2016, I took to the road full-time and haven’t looked back, moving every week. You can read more about my Nomadic Natalia adventures here.
When not on a couch, I’ve had several non-fiction short stories and articles published, written for the Travel Channel, associate produced a documentary for the History channel and Webisodes featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy for Disney Education, had a few feature film scripts optioned, and worked on several TV shows as a script coordinator and/or writers’ assistant (“Kirstie,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Hung,” “Sherri,” “Valentine,” “Related,” “My Big Fat Greek Life,” to name a few).
Before television, I worked in feature film development (for Mace Neufeld, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and David Engel), for literary agents and managers Dana Wright, Lee Kernis, & Tim Sarkes (at The Geddes Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, respectively), and for Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
Prior to the above, I graduated from the American Film Institute (AFI) with an MFA in Screenwriting at age 23; to date, the youngest student to get an MFA from the conservatory. Before L.A., I worked in investigative broadcast journalism at the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, WI. There, I attended Marquette University, where I double majored in Journalism and Sociology. While spending a semester at St. Clare’s College in Oxford, England, I wrote my first play. I submitted it to AFI and moved to L.A.