WRITER. COACH. INNER-PEACE ENTHUSIAST.
I’m an award-winning writer, teacher, coach, and the mother of three—two teenagers and a young adult. I am also the founder and creator of Heart. Soul. Pen.®, a Los Angeles-based course blending deep-dive creativity and soul-centered writing for women. I launched and teach the Women’s Writing Workshop at UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, as well. I’ve spent the last two decades in the trenches of parenting ADHD kids, writing, creativity, and finding my voice as a woman and a writer. My articles and personal essays have been featured in: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, Mamalode, Brain Child, The Huffington Post and others. I’m a top writer in Parenting at Medium.com and my background includes master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica. In 2017, my first novel was published, “Restless in L.A.,” which was named a Best New Novel of 2017 by Babble.com. It’s a middle-age, coming-of-age story about a restless mother of three and what happens when she re-connects with an old love from college and realizes she has been looking for herself all along.
The bottom line is: I believe that finding your voice on the page transforms your life, that women thrive in community, and that creativity is stoked through authentic sharing and supportive feedback. I believe that our most meaningful work arises from our body not our brains. My motto is “don’t think, just write.” In raising a family, writing, and life, I believe humor and bad words are often appropriate. In teaching and facilitating writing, I believe a writer’s original voice and artistic self-esteem must be NURTURED and CELEBRATED. And finally, I believe a writer is one who writes.
I live with my husband, our kids, and the dog in L.A. I write about midlife, writing, parenting kids with ADHD, spirituality, the creative process, and finding inner peace (sort of) on my weekly blog, Sleepless in the San Fernando Valley. Learn more at: www.robinfinn.com or www.heartsoulpen.com.