Creative Writing Consultant
Transforming Silence into Words
About Shoshana Kobrin
From an early age, I was awed by the written word. As soon as I could bike and roller-skate, I’d struggle up the hill to the library. Writers such as Austen and Dickens nurtured me, opening windows to worlds of possibilities beyond my restricted life. Their stories gave me wonder, adventure, and dreams. My future awaited me in the power of words.
After a Master’s degree in literature at the University of South Africa, I pioneered a multiracial communication course during apartheid. Interest in interracial dynamics led to a Master’s degree in psychology at John. F. Kennedy University in California. I became a university lecturer and facilitated workshops and retreats professionally and in the community. After many years as a psychotherapist, I moved away from traditional psychotherapy to life coaching; more focused on the present and on positive action. I also incorporate meditation, acceptance, and mindfulness.
At the same time, I revived my childhood passion and wrote my first book; a how-to journaling guide. Four self-help books based on my psychotherapeutic experience followed. Collections of short stories and poetry were next. In progress are how-to books and online courses on writing memoirs, short stories, novels, and non-fiction. These arose out of my fulfilling experience of teaching creative writing to adults. Integrating the author, educator, and life coach within me is deeply satisfying.
My specialties are helping people fall in love with their own writing and connecting with their creativity and capacity for self-healing. Most recently, I’ve taken up the challenge of technology by creating online courses and offering phone, Skype, and Zoom consultation.
If you yearn to write that book with an experienced guide by your side or want to problem-solve your issues in an efficient and timely manner, be in touch!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courses and Workshops
HOW TO LOVE YOURSELF, YOUR BODY
– AND FOOD!
Does dieting, bingeing, restricting, or purging rule your life?
Feeling bad about your body and appearance?
Are you constantly worried about how, what, and when you eat?
Is the bathroom scale your judge and jury?
This user-friendly course shows you how to overcome your struggles with food and weight. Healing involves nourishing and satisfying your hungry soul and learning to connect profoundly with yourself, others, and your world.
In Tasting Life, you will learn how to:
Claim power over your life and eating patterns
Change the emotions that lead to dysfunctional eating
Deal with issues prompting you to abuse yourself with food
Discover fresh concepts and tools to revolutionize your habits
Explore the link between difficulties with food and life’s challenges
Find joy and satisfaction in your relationship with your body and food
Break those ancient, entrenched patterns causing you so much anguish NOW!
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INTRODUCTION TO MEMOIR WRITING
9/16/2020 to 10/7/2020
You’ve dreamed of putting your life down in words, but now you ask yourself:
“Is my life really that interesting?"
"Do I have enough material and memories to fill a whole book?”
Remember – your life story is unique, vivid, and heartwarming. Writing and sending it out into the world makes meaning of your life and validates it.
Memoir writing is many layered and complex. This course breaks it down into easy-to-follow steps, reinforced by examples, prompts, and exercises, giving you a firm foundation on which to build your memoir.
Join me in this online, 4-session course through Acalanes Adult Education.
We’ll be using email and Zoom.
The class is on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm PST, 9/16/2020 to 10/7/2020.
Regular price $50, seniors $45.
Registration opens on 8/12/2020.
Information is in the Acalanes brochure and here.
Endorsements for Shoshana's Courses:
“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 workshop was helpful, encouraging and effectively organized. Material was user-friendly and presented in a helpful sequence” – Kelly L.
“My retreat with Shoshana Kobrin was a life-changing experience. My life now feels richer and more abundant” – Linda B.
LIFE TALES: HOW TO WRITE YOUR MEMOIR
For years you’ve dreamed of putting your life down in words. But now you ask yourself; Is my life really that interesting? How do I even begin? Your life story is as unique, gripping, and heart-warming as any by a famous writer. Writing your story and sending it out to the world (or just to your children and grandchildren) makes meaning of your life, validates it, displays the passages you took and those you did not. Learn the fundamentals of memoir writing and enhance your creativity with prompts and exercises. Discover your inner writer as I guide you through the transformative process of memoir writing!
Can’t wait to start? Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a session and receive a preview of my upcoming book on how to write your memoir
CREATIVE WRITING CONSULTING
Are you longing to write a book? But don’t know where to start? I will show you how to develop your ideas for short stories, a novel, journal writings, poetry, or non-fiction into polished products. Whether you‘re a beginner, yearning to put your thoughts into writing or an experienced writer wanting to refine and expand your writing, I will guide you in mastering the elements of the craft. By providing thoughtful and constructive feedback, I’ll help you to:
Set reasonable, workable goals
Conquer creative blocks and your inner critic
Be more productive in limited time
Learn the skills you need with examples and a step-by-step technique
Satisfy your hunger to create
To receive valuable guidance for your writing, as well as
20 Musts for the Creative Writer, connect with me at email@example.com
DISCOVERING YOURSELF THROUGH TAROT
Are you confused about the direction of your life? Is there a life issue keeping you up at night? Do you wonder what you need to change? Pioneers such as Angeles Arrien removed the Tarot from its reputation of dealing with the occult and fortune-telling. It’s a powerful tool for inner guidance, promoting healing, problem-solving, creativity, and self-validation. The expressive Tarot symbols and images evoke memories, ideas, and inspiration. They promote acceptance, insight, and awareness, giving direction for what works in life and what does not. I have taught the Tarot and used it for many years as an alternative method of both self-help and helping my clients.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a
Free Introductory Consultation
Are you stressed? Anxious? Distressed about the corona pandemic and feeling isolated? Is it hard to accomplish your objectives?
Life coaching is a powerful vehicle for taking control of your life and reaching your goals. Traditional psychotherapy is more about healing from the past while life coaching is focused on the present and taking action. I will help you to master those habits, feelings, and thoughts interfering with your fulfillment. You have the answers within you; my job is to help you discover those answers and make concrete and positive changes.
Check in with me at email@example.com for a
Introductory Consultation at no cost to you
Begin living fully - NOW!
I look forward to hearing from you
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Walnut Creek, CA, 94595
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