writing consultants

Nadira Branch & Martin Manco




Nadira Branch is a professional proposal writer with a solid reputation for helping nonprofit organizations and businesses generate revenue. Nadira’s clients have included the Urban League of Philadelphia, the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Urban Design Ventures, American Medical Response, PRWT, and many others.

Nadira received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Pennsylvania State University. She is also an AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumna who has managed community development programs in Pennsylvania and West Africa.

In 2013, Nadira was named a J. William Fulbright Scholar by the prestigious and presidentially appointed J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. As a Fulbright scholar, Nadira traveled to the Republic of Haiti to spearhead a business development program for women-owned businesses. In less than six months, Nadira helped women entrepreneurs understand why prices fluctuate and how to continuously generate revenue in the distressed economy. We are thrilled to welcome Nadira back to Cheyney University’s Writing Center.

Martin J. Manco
grew up in West Goshen. He graduated with a degree in English from Penn State in 2007, after taking classes in subjects as varied as Soil Science, Environmental Resource Management, Business Writing, Paleontology, Oceanography, Geoscience, Near Eastern Mythology, Non-Western Mythology, Poetry, Creative Writing, Fencing, S.C.U.B.A., Skiing, Fiction Writing, Science Fiction, Fantasy Literature, Victorian Lit, James Joyce, Drawing, and many others. He reads every chance he gets (mainly fantasy, folklore, mythology, graphic novels, poetry, and young adult literature) and he writes in those same genres.

Martin has worked at Penn State Brandywine's Writing Center and interned at the Wilmington Book Source. His hobbies include pencil and paper role-playing games, singing karaoke (mostly pop, country, Disney, and showtunes), costume design, and swimming. His goals are to become a published author, to make working out a habit, to join/form an RPG group, and maybe to learn to hang glide if he can get over his nervousness around heights. He never goes anywhere without his backpack, at least two books, and his kindle.