Marilyn BagelMarilyn Bagel is a versatile scriptwriter for major national events and multimedia, a speechwriter, and author who has been putting words in the mouths of high-profile people for years. She began her writing career as an award-winning advertising copywriter for print and broadcast.

From creating dramatic highpoints to comedic moments, Marilyn has the innate ability to get into others' minds, hearts, and styles and has had the privilege of writing for many notable show hosts, narrators and participants, among them David Hyde Pierce, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Turner, Boris Kodjoe, and Richard Roundtree.

Marilyn writes scripts and speeches for award shows, special events, and conferences and works closely with key executives, corporate communications departments and event co-chairs. She also routinely coaches participants in Teleprompter usage during on-site rehearsals.

She brings her same up-close-and-personal creativity and passion to scripting corporate, association, and tribute videos and multimedia and has received several awards for her work, including three First Place 2008 Telly Awards for the Alzheimer's Association's "LifePrints: First Lady Laura Bush," a Second Place 2006 Telly Award for "LifePrints: A Montage" and two 2005 Telly Awards for "Remembering a Friend: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan" featuring Michael Deaver, former Reagan deputy chief of staff, advisor and longtime family friend. The Montgomery County Business and Professional Women named Marilyn one of the Women of Achievement during National Business Women’s Week 2007.

Marilyn has written three plays performed by Imagination Stage's WINGS COMPANY, a by-audition-only ensemble of adult actors with disabilities. These include, "I Thought the Rain Was Supposed to Stop" and "Love Is a Disability", both of which tackle life's challenges with Marilyn's typical blend of humor, poignancy, and universality. In her "Little Red Radish Hood" performed at Imagination Stage's Edgefest 2007, characters from this fairytale mash-up succeed in convincing the wolf to become a vegetarian. Marilyn also wrote the screenplay "Imagine Working," funded by the U.S. Department of Education, which creatively instructs people with disabilities in how to find employment.

As a writer who married a "Bagel," it was only a matter of time before she wrote books about her namesake. Marilyn is the author of The Bagel Bible: For Bagel Lovers, the Complete Guide to Great Noshing, (The Globe Pequot Press 3rd edition, 1998; second edition 1995; first edition 1992).


event and multimedia scriptwriter, speechwriter
corporate communications, print and broadcast copywriter

1/89 – present: freelance writer

Projects range from scripts for multimedia, national award shows, special events and speeches to collateral material, reports, Website content, advertising, press releases, and articles for associations, non-profits, and corporations.

Representative client list, present and past:

  • Alzheimer’s Association: videos and multiple event scripts for National Alzheimer’s Galas (Washington, DC) with emcee David Hyde Pierce and others, Washington Monuments Luncheons
  • American Advertising Federation: opening video for National ADDY awards conferences, event scripts for AAF Hall of Fame Awards, scripts for AAF Hall of Achievement Awards
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS): videos and multiple event scripts for Ophthalmology Hall of Fame honorees and award events, including “The 10 Most Influential Ophthalmologists of the Century”
  • Career Communications Group Inc.: multiple event scripts and videos for Black Engineer of the Year Global STEM Conference Awards and for Women of Color STEM Conference Awards
  • ChildHelp USA Awards: event script, emcee Kathleen Turner
  • Discovery Communications: museum-style content for installations in Discovery Channel Stores
  • Horatio Alger Awards: multiple event scripts, honorees included James Earl Jones, Ted Turner
  • National Association of Workforce Board (NAWB) Forum: multiple event scripts
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame, U.S. Patent Office: event script, emcee Ira Flatow
  • National Retail Federation: videos for Retail’s BIG Show 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation: corporate communications for national engineering awards submissions, speechwriting
  • Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
  • Save the Children Gala event script honoring Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Actor Jennifer Garner, PVH Chairman and CEO Emanuel Chirico, emceed by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager
  • Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT): videos and multiple event scripts for WICT Foundation Gala with emcees including Joan Cusack, Linda Ellerbee, WICT Leadership Conference with emcee Candy Crowley

Previous Experience

Marvin Gerstin Associates, Inc.

Senior Advertising Print and Broadcast Copywriter for major real estate builders and developers including Charles E. Smith Companies and International Developers Inc. (IDI)

Kal & Salan Advertising & Marketing

Senior Advertising Print and Broadcast Copywriter and Broadcast Producer for a variety of clients including healthcare, financial services, associations, hospitality, retail, and business-to-business (Manor Healthcare Corp., Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, The George Washington University Health Plan, American Institute of Architects, Normandie Farm Restaurant)


The Bagel Bible: For Bagel Lovers, the Complete Guide to Great Noshing, (The Globe-Pequot Press 3rd Edition 1998; 2nd Edition 1995; 1st Edition 1992); The Bagels’ Bagel Book (Acropolis Books 1985); Advertising Career Directory “Working as a Freelancer” essay  (Gale Research)

feature articles

Vegetarian Times magazine, The Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, The Oregonian, Cleveland  Plain Dealer, The Gazette Newspapers, News USA syndicated radio and print features writer, Gazette Newspapers features writer


2008 First Place Telly Award, “LifePrints: First Lady Laura Bush (Alzheimer’s Association)
2005 Second Place Telly Award, “LifePrints: A Montage” (Alzheimer’s Association)
2003 Telly Awards, Remembering a Friend: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan featuring Michael Dever, former Reagan deputy chief of staff, advisor and longtime family friend (Alzheimer’s Association)


B.S. Education with Honors, University of Maryland

professional affiliations

Board Member, Montgomery County Family Justice Center
Member, EASELS OF FREDERICK Steering Committee
Member, Leadership Montgomery, Class of 1997
Former Board Member, Imagination Stage

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