Rachel KobinRachel Kobin

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.

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.

After moving to Philadelphia to produce a nationally-broadcast television campaign for Advanta National Bank, I became a member of The Greater Philadelphia Writers’ Wordshop Studio, led by Alison Hicks. After writing in the workshop for eight years, Alison trained me privately, and I had the opportunity to substitute for her on many occasions. She continues to act as a guide and mentor as I lead my own workshops.

What’s Happening Now

I also work for a small selection of clients as a copywriter and website content producer.

In my “free time” I’m in the very early stages of writing a TV Pilot.

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.

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