The following are testimonials and reviews of my writing, as well as my writing coaching, tutoring, and editing services.

Here you can also find a list of some of the brands and companies I’ve worked with.

Brands I've Worked With

“I can’t recommend working with Marisa enough. She’s an exceptionally genuine and approachable freelancer. She puts so much thought and creativity into her work and sets the bar high for quality writing. I hope to work with her again in the future!”

Shelby Ray (Sr. Marketing/PR Specialist at BLUEFIN) Marisa is a genuine and approachable freelancer

“Marisa is very professional, organized, and a hard worker. These characteristics, along with her passion and zeal for finding the right words make her an excellent person for your writing or reviewing needs. I highly recommend her!”

Jaclyn Krizovensky (Professor at UC San Diego) review of Marisa Donnelly

“Marisa brings light to everything and everyone she encounters. Humble, graceful, loving, encouraging, understanding, magical, and supportive are all words I would use to describe Marisa and her work.
 
She brightens my life and thousands of other lives daily. She is one of Thought Catalog’s most loved authors.
 
I read Somewhere On A Highway when I was writing my own book in 2017. Her poetry and rawness encouraged me to keep writing when my vulnerability wanted me to stop.  At the time, I had no idea she would end up encouraging me to publish my own book ‘This Will Set Me Free’ with Thought Catalog Books.
 
Marisa is true gold. She lifts others up, gives feedback to less established authors to help them grow, and brings an awareness to every day human struggles eloquently. I’d recommend this book, and all past and future work of Marisa, to anyone.”

Kristin Michelle Elizabeth (Author of “This Will Set Me Free”) Kristin Michelle Elizabeth

“Marisa was my editor for almost a year and I worked with her one-on-one. As someone who pretty much didn’t have an idea about the publishing industry, Marisa helped me figure out who I wanted to become as a writer.

She has the talent and skills to give feedback about your writing constructively. She’s very knowledgeable in guiding you to find your voice and your style. She points out something in your writing that you need to work on and you’ll eventually realize that her suggestions are accurate. I had so many mistakes as a writer that I would never have learned if Marisa didn’t point them out — she’s honestly that great.

Not many people know this but her academic background was stellar; she graduated college with flying colors and that’s a clear proof that she’s competent. She will deliver whatever it is that you asked from her and she will exceed your expectations. That’s what I learned after working with her almost every single day.”

Angelo Caerlang (Author of Sparks In Broken Lights) Angelo Caerlang

“I wouldn’t be able to call myself ‘writer’ without the help of Marisa Donnelly. She’s the reason behind my success when it comes to writing.
 
I was one of those people who was afraid to share his voice to the world, but Marisa extended her help and even gave me wonderful tips on how to improve my skills. She’s not just your editor but also your friend. She will remember you even if you are worlds apart. She writes from her heart, helps everyone with her talent and brilliant ideas.
 
Be A Light is really about her. She’s the light for everyone and one day, I wouldn’t be surprise if she’s going to be the brightest light in this world.”

Martin Manuel (Contributing Writer at Thought Catalog) Marisa is not just your editor but also your friend

“My favorite writer. Her hopeful and optimistic outlook in her various pieces easily bring hope…even to a down-on-his-relationship-luck guy like me. Optimism the way she expresses. Her words are mindset-changing, and are much needed for a person like me, who is susceptible to being pessimistic about love.
 
With ‘Somewhere On A Highway,’ she takes her writing style to short-form poetry and prose. The book is about the beginning and the open-ended conclusion of that period of her life, reflected through the intimate pieces she chose to share. Since this is her own book, you can definitely tell the vulnerability is a little more raw.”

Gabriel Basco (Musician & Producer) Gabriel Basco

“Marisa is an inspiration and a talent. Her words are eloquent and universal. She has a way of making you feel like you can relate in every piece. Not only her blog posts, but her poetry. She is passionate about what she does and passionate about connecting with her readers. That genuine energy makes a huge difference and sets her apart in the literary community.”

Elizabeth Newman (Author of Hope Between Heartbeats) Elizabeth Newman

“Marisa was one of the first few editors who I worked with for a long time. What I enjoyed most working with her was how fast she responded to my questions and requests. Besides that, she has been a great help to point out ways to improve my work so it fits better for the publications I wanted to submit to.”

Dean Yeong (Lead Writer at Quora) enjoyed working with Marisa

“Donnelly is a terrific, maturing writer, and her creative efforts have a vigor that is inescapable. She has a vision of worldly experience and truth that resonates on each line.”

Kyle Torke (Professor & Author of Sunshine Falls) Kyle Torke

“I am English Department Chair, a teacher with 39 years of experience and a District Literacy Coach. I say that not to impress – but for you to understand how impressed I am with Ms. Donnelly. She is one of the best.”

Deadra Stanton (Mason City High School Department Chair) Deadra Stanton

“Currently one of my favorite writers for her reliability; that is, for her personal experiences, and careful insight in each of her posts. Her perspective on life is hopeful and true. I wish would have known about her writings earlier in life and before entering (or staying in) toxic relationships for the sake of being a ‘good person’. Thank you for spreading your cheerfulness and giving us all reason to carry on with optimism.”

Benjamin Cuellar (Marketing & Social Media Specialist) Benjamin Cuellar

“Several of her poems touched me. I am a big Mary Oliver fan and have several of her books on my shelf and maybe a half dozen by other poets and Donnelly’s book is going on that shelf of keepers, on poetry books that I re-read and refer to…that inspire me to make a piece of art or share with a friend. “Run Wild With Me”, “Sixteen”, and “This You Must Learn Young” were among my favorites. I hope that she continues to write poetry of this caliber.”

Kathy Duffy (Lead Critic at Goodreads) Kathy Duffy

“I am not a huge poetry fan, but Marisa’s collection, Somewhere On A Highway, blew me away. It’s absolutely amazing and haunting. The feelings this work stirred in my heart shocked me and brought me to tears several times. If you love poetry this is a MUST— if you do not— you MUST give this one a read! “Iowa Stars” and “Run Wild with Me” are worth the entire book. Simply Amazing.”

Alana Haase (Author of Woman at the Well) Alana Haase

Somewhere on a Highway made me feel lost, and at the same time, made it seem like I found myself. Some poems touched me. Reading several parts brought tears in my eyes because oh my god, it was amazing…Marisa’s writing will capture your heart.”

Imogene Rae V. Dacanay (Founder of Mugglebooks) Imogene Rae V. Dacanay

“Marisa provides an honest collection of words that makes you feel like you’re a close friend that she is talking to. She has a gift to tell a personal story while inviting you into your own so that the reading experience is both intimate and contemplative.”

Brian McFadden (Founder of Us Vs. Anxiety) Brian McFadden

“Donnelly writes wonderfully, in fact, she is in the top handful of creative writing students I have worked with over the last fifteen years.”

Tim Bascom (Professor & Author of Chameleon Days) Tim Bascom