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Marlan W.

Los Angeles, CA


ESL-CBEST-Writing-English Tutor-Screenwriting-Documentary Film

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University of Southern California


University of Southern California

About Marlan

I am a professional writer and filmmaker with over 20 years experience in a wide variety of English and Film-related subjects. My B.F.A. is from USC--a double major in Film and English. I have taught ESL for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and am certified to teach English to non-native speakers. Additionally, I have worked as a news reporter for newspapers, written a novel, and sold screenplays as a professional screenwriter. I run a public relations service that creates marketing campaigns and publicity and a production company that is currently fundraising to complete a documentary film.

As an experienced teacher, I believe communication is our most important tool for learning. People have different ways of learning, receiving information and processing it. To accomplish this, I believe in being patient, supportive, encouraging and listening to what the student needs. A student must be willing to learn and stay positive. I am here to help you reach your dreams.
I am a professional writer and filmmaker with over 20 years experience in a wide variety of English and Film-related subjects. My B.F.A. is from USC--a double major in Film and English. I have taught Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90027
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word, Video Production,
Web Design
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Career Development,
Microsoft Word
ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Career Development,
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Web Design

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Career Development

As a Certified Life Coach, I have acted as a consultant for career development issues. My background is eclectic, and includes public relations. In today's world, it is vital to understand how to market oneself, in addition to having the credentials for a targeted career path.


I took the CBEST exam and passed with high scores in English in 1998. Shortly thereafter, I was hired by the Franklin Community Adult School (with Los Angeles Unified School District) to teach ESL (Level I). I have always had very high scores in English on all standardized tests, and have been a professional writer since 1990. Having a combination of teaching skills and CBEST high scores makes me qualified to tutor students in their CBEST preparation.


I was board certified to teach English in the L.A. Schools, and did teach ESL. My major at USC was in English and Film (BFA, Class of '90). Additionally, I am a professional journalist and novelist.


I have a B.F.A. from USC Cinema & TV (Class of '90) in Screenwriting. After graduation, I sold feature film scripts to production companies, and have made several documentary films as writer/producer. Currently I am in production for a documentary film and have been fundraising via crowd funding sites and grants. I taught Screenwriting (all levels) at the Pacific Film Factory in Santa Barbara.

Subjects that I teach: Screenwriting (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Structure), Documentary Film Production, How to Pitch Your Script to Agents, Independent Film Production, History of Film, I am also qualified to tutor in fundraising for your film.

Microsoft Windows

I have worked as a professional legal secretary off and on for the past 15 years, and have had to use Microsoft Word primarily for word processing--both basic and advanced--on PC and Mac. My skill level matches the most up-to-date level of Word.


I began my theater studies at Florida State University where I was in their Professional Acting Program. In the early 70s I left FSU to pursue a career in acting, and after 10 years of stage acting (with some stage managing), I switched to directing and playwrighting. In '04, I produced and directed my play about the women of the Japanese American internment, "Bits of Paradise" at The Marsh Theatre in San Francisco.

Video Production

My BFA is from USC in Screenwriting and English (Cinema-TV and English Departments). My main skills in video production are in Producing: hiring crew, location scouting and overseeing editing. As a filmmaker, I have made documentaries that have been shown at prestigious film festivals, and I'm currently in production with a documentary on the women of the Japanese American Internment.

Web Design

As a professional public relations professional, I am a self-taught Website designer. My skill level is basic to average, as I use templates and modify them according to a client's needs. As a writer, professional photographer and marketing consultant, my primary skill is crafting an attractive website that is eye-catching, easy to read and fits the client's needs.

University of Southern California


University of Southern California

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Marlan will travel within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90027.

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