Marilyn BagelMarilyn Bagel is a versatile scriptwriter for major national events and multimedia, a playwright, 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 James Earl Jones, David Hyde Pierce, and Kathleen Turner.

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 Telly Awards for the Alzheimer’s Association’s “LifePrints: First Lady Laura Bush,” a Second Place Telly Award for “LifePrints: A Montage” and two 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.

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 multiple editions of The Bagel Bible: For Bagel Lovers, the Complete Guide to Great Noshing (The Globe Pequot Press).

Representative client list, present and past:
  • 70th International Astronautical Congress Opening Ceremonies (1-1/2 Hours) - Co-Creative Director, Scriptwriter
  • Fantastic Sams Hair Salons: convention general session scripts and speechwriting for CEO
  • Rita’s Italian Ice, Rita’s Franchise Company: franchisee business meeting general session scripts and speechwriting for CEO
  • Career Communications Group Inc.: multiple event scripts and videos for Black Engineer of the Year Global STEM Conference Awards (5 events annually) and for Women of Color STEM Conference Awards (4 events annually)
  • National Association of Workforce Board (NAWB) Forum: multiple event scripts
  • National Retail Federation: videos for Retail’s BIG Show
  • Americans for the Arts: National Arts Awards script, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, NY
  • 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
  • Friendship Public Charter School: Teacher of the Year Awards event scripts
  • National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association: General Session Events Scripts
  • Scottish Rite Celebrating the Craft: Scripts for annual 6-hour live webathons
  • 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”
  • Cartus Brokers Network: General Session International Conference Event scripts
  • Bend the Arc: General Session Conference Events Scripts
  • Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT): Scripts for annual Foundation Galas and Leadership Conferences
  • BAE Systems: Awards Events Scripts
  • Horatio Alger Association: Multiple Horatio Alger Awards events scripts


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


First Place Telly Award, “LifePrints: First Lady Laura Bush (Alzheimer’s Association)
Second Place Telly Award, “LifePrints: A Montage” (Alzheimer’s Association)
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

current professional affiliations

President, The Frederick Art Club
Founding Board Member, Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation
Member, Leadership Montgomery

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