Rachel KobinRachel Kobin

Prior to 2011

I began writing when I adapted Louise Fitzhugh’s novel, Harriet the Spy, for my elementary school’s third-grade theater production. After receiving my B.A. in history and French from Barnard College, I worked in film and television production and development until 1996.

While at Viacom, I worked for Julia Pistor, who developed and produced the children’s movie version of Harriet the Spy. I critiqued screenplays for Jonathan Demme and was on the team that refined the script for his film, Philadelphia. I made a short film, co-wrote a full-length screenplay, and shopped it around Hollywood. I moved to Philadelphia in 1997 to produce a nationally-broadcast television campaign for Advanta National Bank. Since then, I’ve written and managed the production of print and digital advertising for a wide variety of products and services.

Originally, I joined the Greater Philadelphia Writers Workshop Studio led by Alison Hicks in Havertown, PA, to keep my professional creativity going, but I eventually wrote a novel. When I heard that Alison had a waiting list, I asked her to train me privately in the Amherst Artists & Writers method. She guided me as I began to lead my own workshops in 2011.

What’s Happening Now

One of the privileges of leading the workshop is having the opportunity to read participating writers’ new work. I enjoy working with writers as a developmental editor to help them make their manuscripts as strong as possible prior to submitting them for publication.

In the fall of 2018, a short piece of my creative nonfiction was published in the anthology, We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art.

Facilitating others’ creativity has always been one of my greatest strengths and joys.