For years you've dreamed of putting your ideas and thoughts down in words. But now you ask yourself, "How do I even begin?" Remember! Your ideas, opinions, concepts, and stories are unique, gripping, and heart-warming, a key to who you are. Writing and sending them out to the world gives meaning to your life.Whether you are a beginning writer or need help completing your book, I will guide you through this transformative process. Individual or group work with me will inspire you to realize a long-held dream. I provide a structure to get you started and tools to send you on your way.I'm here to help you with all aspects of writing, whether memoirs, short stories, novels, journal writing, or non-fiction.My aim is to have your book completed between a year and eighteen months. I believe in the self-help model:
bi-monthly or monthly sessions with me on Zoom or in person, with do-it-yourself projects in between.
Contact me for a complimentary workshop for your group or organization
Transforming Silence into Words
To receive bi-monthly writing advice, tips, and inspiration for your book:
Endorsements for Shoshana's Work:
“Shoshana’s course was stimulating and demonstrated her depth of knowledge. She is a caring, thoughtful instructor, paying great attention to detail. I enjoyed her enthusiasm and touches of humor” – Michael S.
“I appreciated the juxtaposition of information and inspiration and learned tools to heal and express myself” – Raymond C.
"Shoshana's coaching got me started on my memoir and took me all the way to publication." – Ana H.
“Shoshana’s workshop was helpful, encouraging, and effectively organized. The material was user-friendly and presented in a helpful sequence” – Kelly L.
“My one-on-one consultation series with Shoshana Kobrin was a life-changing experience. My life now feels richer and more abundant” – Linda B.
"Shoshana's coaching was timely, professional, and detailed." – Peter F.
Individual coaching is flexible. You choose how many sessions you want and when you have them. By providing supportive, individualized attention and constructive feedback, I'll help you to:
Set reasonable, workable goals
Create a practical writing routine
Be more productive in less time
Build upon, complete, and publish previous writings
Discover your inner writer's creativity
Learn writing fundamentals
Generate riveting plots, scenes, characters, and dialogue
Turn your rough draft into polished prose
Satisfy your hunger to create
1-hour Individual Coaching: sliding scale from $135 to $90
(Introductory free 30-minute phone or Zoom session.)
Your book will be the best possible experience for readers!
group coaching and Workshops
Discover the benefits of being in a writing group or workshop
whether online or in-person
Get authentic feedback in a safe place
Be accountable to your group, set writing goals for yourself, and stave off procrastination
Receive encouragement and motivation from other members
Find help and overcome writer’s block by bouncing ideas off your peers
Refine and improve your writing when sharing your work
HOW GROUPS ARE STRUCTURED
I meet with your group monthly for a course of twelve sessions. Members of the group meet weekly or bi-monthly. After the course, you should be near the completion of your book.
choose an option that works for you
Writing with a buddy
Small group with three people
per person for each session
Writing with a buddy: 1-hour session
$ 553-person group: 1-hour session
$ 30(Introductory free 30-minute Zoom session.)
Can't wait to start? You're in the right place. Sign up now!
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
LIFE TALES: HOW TO WRITE YOUR MEMOIRYou’ve dreamed of putting your life down in words, but now you ask yourself: Is my life really that interesting? How do I even start? Remember! Your life story is unique, as vivid, gripping, and heart-warming as those by any famous writer. Writing your story and sending it out into the world (or just to your grandchildren) makes meaning of your life, validates it, displays the passages you took and those you did not. Discover your inner writer and master the elements of the craft with step-by-step techniques. Whether you’re new to memoir writing or want to refine, complete, and publish your memoir, this class is for you! Prompts and group exercises will guide you through the transformative process of memoir writing.6 Zoom sessions from 20th September to 25th October from 2 to 3. 30 p.m.$95, payable through Paypal.
To register, contact me at email@example.com
Come to these free Buzz Sessions at the Danville Senior Center, 115 E. Prospect Ave, Danville, CA 94526, from 10 to 11 AM. Bring your notebook and pen, laptop, or iPad. Register at www.danville.ca.gov/recreation
Plotting your Story
Date: May 30th, 2023
The plot is an essential feature of a memoir, short story, novel, movie, or play. The plot consists of a series of events that unfolds from start to finish. Join me in a PowerPoint presentation on how to make your creative works both credible and astonishing.How to write short stories
Date: August 1st, 2023
Short stories are small but mighty, and we all carry a wealth of tales within us. Join me for a blend of informational learning and hands-on experience. Leave with everything you need to begin your stories!Exploring the Tarot
Date: October 31st, 2023
Pioneers such as Angeles Arrien removed the Tarot from its reputation of fortune telling. Today it’s used as a self-help tool for inner guidance and creativity. This hands-on class promotes self-discovery and will use PowerPoint. Fancy dress is recommended since it’s Halloween!Journaling and You
Date: December 19th, 2023
Remember the diary you kept as a teen? With a lock and a tiny silver key? You were on the right path; journaling can be a basis for memoir writing, short stories, novels, non-fiction, and blogging. It also preserves valuable memories, breaks negative patterns, clarifies priorities, and manifests your dreams. Have a notebook and pen handy as you explore this tool's power and creativity.
More workshops coming soon!
About Shoshana Kobrin
From an early age, I loved reading and writing. My future awaited me in the power of words, and I went for a Master’s degree in literature at the University of South Africa. Concern about interracial dynamics during apartheid led to a Master’s degree in psychology at John. F. Kennedy University in California. I became a psychotherapist, a university professor and facilitated workshops and retreats professionally and in the community.
Then I moved from psychotherapy to my first love - literature - and wrote a how-to journaling guide. Four self-help books and collections of short stories and poetry followed. A how-to book on memoir writing was next. At the same time, I enjoyed the fulfilling experience of teaching creative writing to adults. Psychotherapy slots neatly into coaching writing, and now I offer in-person and Zoom sessions. An online do-it-youself course will be added later this year.A sideline in my practice is working with Tarot. This has moved from fortune-telling to
a powerful self-help method. As a Reiki Master, I also offer Reiki energy healing.
Life Tales: How to write your memoir
Your life, pinned down in memoir, is a gift to the world. Learn how to turn it into a unique and heart-warming story to engage and inspire your readers. Comprehensive, practical, and user-friendly, this informative book is your indispensable guide. It provides tools to get you started, keep you focused on your writing path, and takes you through to the publishing and marketing process.Life Tales includes all the elements of memoir writing – and license to tell your tale!
Roots and Wings: Growing Up in Apartheid South Africa
These stories are told with an insider’s view of a conflicted and oppressive period in South African history. The themes vary; encounters with wild monkeys and elephants, a mother bonding with her small daughter on a safari trip, a young boy stranded in the Karroo semi-desert, a dog attack on a remote Transvaal farm, and a white college student’s epiphany when confronted with her black maid’s anguish.These stories:
Capture the essence of apartheid South Africa
Are infused with the flavor of the South African landscape
Reflect a coming of age of the characters
Are an incisive commentary on racial prejudice
“Shoshana’s stories are humorous, sad, and profound” – Eli R.
“Shoshana paints an accurate picture of life in that beautiful, racially troubled country” – Sandy L.
“Roots and Wings reflects not only the social upheaval of that time, but also the interior transformation of her characters” – Gabrielle M.
A Tempo: Seasons of a Life
A Tempo explores the transitory nature of time in poetry and painting. The poems are divided into the four seasons. Winter and autumn poems are darker, spring and summer are lighter, even inspirational. The watercolor illustrations for each season are inspired by Chinese brush painting. Some poems are from Judaism or Buddhism, others from psychology, feminism, or philosophy. Some reflect on love, others on loss. Several reflect a love of the natural world. Readers are encouraged to seize each second, cherish each moment, and treasure each day – before it’s too late!Father Time waves his wrist watch at the edge of my consciousness, reminding me to get on with living mindfully and joyfully.
“A symphonic masterpiece of life songs” – Holli K.
“A Tempo is an inspiration for those of us who wait for the right season to put our works into print and paintings” – Elida S.
“What a gift we have in the poems and paintings of Shoshana Kobrin. Readers are suspended in time between pole and tropic” – Sandra R.
The Satisfied Soul Daily Guidebook:
Your Path to Fulfillment
Clarify priorities and goals
Break away from negative patterns
Face challenges with courage and creativity
Attract the right opportunities and people
Struggling with money, relationships, work, or harmful habits? You could have soul hunger. No amount of food, money, sex, or job promotions can satisfy a starving soul. We thrive only when connected to our true self. The Satisfied Soul Daily GuideBook is a revolutionary approach to journaling. Ten minutes a day working with this book will enable you to achieve your objectives and realize your dreams.
“The GuideBook provides an approachable, easy-to-use format for reflecting on those aspects of yourself you’d like to enhance or change” – Elayne S.
“This is the perfect guide to reclaiming yourself and your soul” – Patricia W.
7 Steps for Positive Connections: Manifesting Your Satisfied Soul
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Do you feel connected with who you really are? With family and friends? Your body? Your work and living situation? High mobility, consumerism, and the stress of our fast-paced lives challenge us. Face-to- face interactions diminish with our use of smartphones and texting. No wonder we often feel alienated and empty. Life-satisfaction is all about connection. In this book, you’ll find out:
How to connect with your inner truth
How to form meaningful connections with others
How to choose communities and activities that energize you
How to achieve your life purpose
Discover the seven key steps for building deep-rooted connections with all aspects of your life. Embark on this voyage to the fertile land of your Satisfied Soul!
“An uplifting book! Change your thoughts, change your life” – Eric M.
“7 Steps to Positive Connections is a potent tool, helping readers empower themselves and others” – Robert M.
“Shoshana encourages us to dream big, envisioning authentic lives filled with love, health, meaningful work, and fun” – Cynthia Sue L.
Love, Anger, Power – and FOOD!
A Guidebook for Women
Learn to love and appreciate yourself and your body
Claim power over your life and eating patterns
Eliminate dieting, bingeing, or purging by using feelings productively
Enjoy a new reality unhampered by food and weight worries
Problems with overeating, overweight, bingeing, yo-yo dieting, bulimia, or anorexia? Or just feeling bad about your body and appearance? Love, anger, and power are the roots of your concerns. This user-friendly guidebook cuts to the chase, giving you the answers you’re seeking. Learn the fundamental reasons for your food and weight worries. Relish the relationship with food and your body.
“Readers will find tools to transform the habits causing them so much difficulty and discover practical steps to recovery” – Sheila A.
“This book by an articulate and compassionate writer, illustrates the wisdom of a seasoned therapist. An extremely helpful resource for those with food and weight issues, their families, and significant others” – Thomas G.
The Satisfied Soul: Transforming Your Food and Weight Worries
Discover the underlying causes of food and weight issues
Create a healthy relationship with food and your body
Nourish your starving soul
In this book, concepts are vividly illustrated with characters based on poignant stories of women in the author’s psychotherapy practice, and her own experience of bulimia. You’ll be encouraged by these courageous women who conquered obsessive dieting, bingeing, compulsive overeating, overweight, obesity, bulimia, and anorexia. Encounter new concepts and ideas, as well as helpful exercises and concrete steps for healing. The Satisfied Soul goes beyond dead-end diet plans with practical tools and a stirring, motivating approach.
“The Satisfied Soul is an extremely timely and important resource for sufferers, educators, and anyone dealing with food and weight issues. Shoshana provides fresh insights through a combination of anecdotes and scientific explanations” – Jocelyn G.
“In this unique volume, Shoshana Kobrin presents useful suggestions on how one can reverse the grip of food and weight concerns” – Alan G.
Do No Harm: Transforming Addictions
Find freedom from cycles of addiction and relapse
Learn self-care practices to end addictions
Find meaning and purpose to embrace your life
Today many of us struggle with addictive substances and behaviors: illegal or prescription drugs, alcohol, food and weight issues, gambling, sexual addiction, overspending, nicotine, or over-use of caffeine. Internet addiction has now reached epidemic proportions.Most books on addictions deal only with symptoms. This book explores underlying issues. Addictions are an unconscious effort to survive a lack of meaning in ourselves, others, and our lives. The antidote for this is; The Satisfied Soul – positive connections with our emotions, body, family, relationships, vocation, and environment. Both practical and inspirational, Do No Harm covers an array of methods to promote healing, recovery, and well-being.
“A great read for anyone suffering from addictions” – Cali E.
“Shoshana Kobrin peels away the complex layers of addiction” – Carole K.
“Expect a transformation as you read this book” – Stella H.
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