Robin Finn, MPH, MA, is the creator and founder of HEART. SOUL. PEN.™ an L.A.-based course that blends deep-dive creativity and soul-centered writing. She is a writer, teacher, coach, & mother of three. After graduating cum laude from UCLA, Robin earned a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and began her career at the New York City Department of Health. Three children later, she returned to school in 2010 to earn an MA in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica; a highly experiential counseling program with a soul-centered approach to wellbeing. Her first novel, “Restless in L.A.” was published in February 2017 (InkSpell) and Robin was named among 2017’s ‘35 Over 35,’ showcasing best titles from debut authors aged 35 and over. Her novel and author journey were profiled on the front page of the Mind & Body section of The Los Angeles Times in March 2017.
Robin’s personal essays have been featured in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, ADDitude Magazine, Brain Child, Mamalode.com, and others; anthologized in So Glad They Told Me (The HerStories Project Press, August 21, 2016); and performed live in national story salons such as Expressing Motherhood and Listen to Your Mother. Robin was recently selected as one of a cohort of L.A-based artists to be a part of the Mirroring Resilience Artist Intensive, funded by an Artist in Residence Grant through the Department of Cultural Affairs through the City of Los Angeles. She joined the faculty of UCLA Extension Writer’s Program in 2019.
Robin’s signature program, HEART. SOUL. PEN., has inspired students to launch one-woman shows, obtain literary representation, complete novels and memoirs, and have their work featured in major outlets. She showcases the work of her talented students throughout the year at the literary event she produces, HEART. SOUL. PEN. LIVE!, a live reading and reception. Robin coaches private clients in Los Angeles and beyond. She lives with her spirited family in Los Angeles where she writes about writing, the creative process, parenting, midlife, and finding inner peace (sort of).