Primarily, I write for various publications (lately, mostly about dating, sex, relationships, money, and lifestyle topics), 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. So, if you need writing or editing help, email me: writenataliainla@gmail.com.

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Currently, I am writing a couch-surfing memoir, 52 Weeks, 52 Couches: How I Slept My Way through Hollywood (Without Sleeping With Anybody). When the recession hit in 2009, I lost my job & could not find a new one as easily as I once could. 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 each week for a year while I tried to get stable again: work wherever & whenever I could, save up for a new place, and continue to whittle away my gargantuan student loan debt (the Department of Education has become my new landlord). 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.

When not on a couch, I have had several non-fiction short stories and articles published, associate produced a documentary for The History Channel and Webisodes featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy for Disney Education, got 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, & David Engel), for literary agents and managers Dana Wright, Lee Kernis, & Tim Sarkes (at The Geddes Agency & 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.