Creative Approach

Our background combines award-winning creative writing, stealthy ghostwriting and tactical corporate communications. We take a bespoke approach to projects and craft one-of-a-kind speeches that are in a league of their own.

Message Development

We do an extensive dive into your existing communications before we begin writing your speech. After getting a feel for your core message, our goal is to tell your story in the strongest, yet simplest way possible. To date, we’ve written speeches, talking points, and other communications for national health care companies, executive advisement and coaching firms, as well as medium-sized businesses with international reach.

Speech Writing

Our approach to speech writing is deliberate, personal, hands-on, and collaborative. Our diverse background and expansive cultural knowledge ensures your speech will be the right fit for your audience. At Philly Speechwriter, we’ll work on your message from the first draft to the last, and will revise until you're happy with the results. Those hearing our speeches include employees, customers, constituents, and even students.

Social Strategy

We can work with you to get more out of your speech by using other forms of engagement that will get more mileage out of your words and affirm you as a thought leader in your industry.


Cheril N. Clarke – an independent author, speechwriter, corporate communications writer and award-winning playwright – is the woman behind Philly Speechwriter.

Cheril has written award acceptance speeches, special occasion speeches, emcee remarks, award ceremony scripts, and speaker introductions for C-suite executives (CEOs, COOs, etc.) and entrepreneurs. With a background deeply rooted in creative writing, from children’s books to award-winning stage plays, Cheril has the unique ability to easily connect with audiences of all types. So whether your speech is to a group of students, a room full of doctors, or a council room full of concerned residents, Cheril can help.

Speech writing is a very rare talent. It’s more than finding right words. It’s about having the right combination of rhythm, passion, and cultural competency to reach into the hearts of listeners. Speech writing is distinct. It’s about authenticity and requires a broad knowledge-base of people, psychology, and cultures; and the speechwriter’s job is to work closely with the principal to ensure his or her authentic voice is captured in a way that will captivate an audience.

With more than 15 years’ experience as a multifaceted writer, Cheril has the confidence and diverse life experience to be the speechwriter who can best tell your story. She has been featured in numerous magazines, including The Philadelphia Women’s Business Journal. She has experience working closely with executives, politicians, administrative staff, graphic designers, web designers, videographers, photographers, and international printers. Prior to starting Philly Speechwriter, she was Director of Communications for Gloucester Township. She was also a staff writer who was the lead writer for a CEO transition at AmeriHealth Caritas.

“Cheril is one of the most gifted speechwriters with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. She has the uncanny ability to quickly capture the distinctive voice of the people she’s writing for, and turns out effective, memorable speeches. Reliable, focused, and a joy to work with, too. I recommend her without reservation.” – Michelle Davidson, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Health Partners Plans

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Whether for an award acceptance, motivational outreach, or informative session for employees or constituents, we can help you craft strong speech that will stick in the memories of your audience.
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"Professional and Exceptional! Cheril was thorough, responsive and right on the mark in creating a great speech for a very special recognition evening for my company. I appreciate everything she did."

Robert A., General Manager, Gordon Food Services

"Cheril was a pleasure to work with. Her work was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. She adjusted and took into account my industry and the audience. Cheril was incredibly timely and she is a true professional."

Danielle Rosse, President, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association - Broward County Chapter

"Cheril is an incredible writer and professional communicator. She's extremely prompt and has been wonderful to work with."

Daniel Stringer, CEO, Total Care Connections

"Cheril did an awesome job on my speech! I had a tight deadline and she turned it over in just 24 hours. The speech was well received by about 100 folks at a city council meeting and local news media even asked me for quotes. Highly recommended!"

K. Bush, A Concerned Citizen

"Cheril is a strong writer and delight to work with. She’s adept at handling a variety of writing projects with professionalism and flexibility. Always quick to turn assignments around, Cheril is great addition to our team when we need freelance help."

Todd Speranzo, Vice President of Marketing at Avella Specialty Pharmacy

"Great work! Always on time and passionate about the message, speaker and audience. I could always count on Cheril to perfectly capture my voice."

Michael Rashid, Managed Care Executive - Retired CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas

"Cheril is one of the most gifted speechwriters with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. She has the uncanny ability to quickly capture the distinctive voice of the people she’s writing for, and turns out effective, memorable speeches. Reliable, focused and a joy to work with, too. I recommend her without reservation."

Michelle Davidson, Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing - Health Partners Plans

"It is always a pleasure working with Cheril. I admire her passion and love for her craft."

Saunders Sermons, Two-time Grammy award winning musician and vocalist


Projects are completed on a fixed-fee budget or hourly rate. The cost depends on type of speech, complexity of the work, turnaround time requested, and other specifications.


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