Rachel Kobin

RachelKobinCreative Writing with the Philadelphia Writers Workshop

As the director of the Philadelphia Writers Workshop, Rachel Kobin currently offers two creative writing workshops in the greater Philadelphia region. Rachel uses the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method to create a supportive, collaborative setting for writers of all backgrounds. The workshop allows beginners to explore their unique voice, and provides experienced writers a forum where they can further develop their craft.

Rachel received her training in the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method with Alison Hicks. Alison Hicks is the founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio. Previously, Rachel was a member of the Havertown location workshop for eight years.

Career in Writing, Film and Television Production

Rachel Kobin has been a writer ever since she adapted Louise Fitzhugh’s book, Harriet the Spy, into a play for her third grade classmates to perform. Later, as part of her early career in film and television, she worked for the producer of the movie at Viacom.

Rachel’s experience as a professional writer and editor includes:

  • Critiquing screenplays
      • For filmmaker Jonathan Demme
      • Director of Silence of the Lambs, and Philadelphia
  • Editing of short stories, novels, non-fiction, and technical writing
  • Writing corporate communications, marketing communications, and advertising

Most of the time Rachel focuses on running workshops and advising private editing clients as they develop their manuscripts. With the help of her manuscript workshop writers, she makes time to write a TV pilot for a satirical series featuring dynamic roles for actresses ranging in age from 20 to 70.

Rachel finds helping writers navigate through the adventure of creating exhilarating. She is thrilled by long-time workshop participant Eric Bell’s recent success at finding an agent to represent him and his novel, Alan Kim is Not a Coward.

N.B. Although she is sensitive to emotional issues, and while writing can be therapeutic, Rachel Kobin has no official training or licensing as a therapist. Writing workshops can be a great compliment to therapy, but should never substitute for professional psychiatric or psychological care.

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