Rachel Federman

NYC writer & nonprofit consultant

“I am blessed with a spectacularly good editor for this project. . .but I must tell you that [Rachel's] questions and suggestions are so deep, and so complex, and so thorough, that they are a serious challenge. . .I don't think I've ever struggled so hard with any revision, not even for a scholarly paper. Which of course means that I am learning.”— Suzette Haden Elgin, linguistics professor and author of the bestselling The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense 

Writer's Boot Camp  "…combines a knowledge of most of the techniques out there (the morning pages, unconscious writing, moving the hand stuff...the Camerons, Goldbergs and Gilberts) with the essential pragmatism and routine required to take an idea from just that to something more concrete...distills a great deal of information into a very portable and usable package, which is not the least bit sentimental or romantic about the writing process. Most students still believe in the myth of being a 'great' writer and 'inspiration'; not enough of them grasp that they need to train themselves to behave in a particular way, all of the time, just as an athlete does. That is why it is so useful in teaching... a very faithful, and necessarily hard-hearted companion!"   

 —Louise Tucker, Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London  

“Your book helped me get my life in order.  I assessed my time, and realized I don't have a second to spare and have even less mental space. And that is OK, because on those rare moments I do, I want to be with my kids and have a semi-clean house. The assessment of priorities was fabulous - as was being honest about priorities. Now I feel pleased with getting some work writing done and playing Twister (as I did last night). It was a really cleansing, releasing experience. Being realistic/Being honest.”  

—Morning Washburn 

About Rachel

I write books. I write books about writing books. My latest project, Writer's Boot Camp 2, will be available at B&N in mid-December. ​I also write about my attempts at a minimalist, mindful, outside-as-much-as-possible life as a NYC mom on my blog Last American Childhood. I'm available to tutor or help with program evaluation for nonprofits or talk about your own writing fitness.


I used to play with my band Dimestore Scenario. Time Out New York called us "always charming, sometimes brilliant." Most of the clubs we played are gone now. I still sometimes write songs. 

My poem "Why we march" was published last winter at WritersResist and you can find my micro-flash fiction piece Dodging in the October issue of HOOTREVIEW. My recent collaboration with the New York Botanical Gardens, The Mindful Gardener, is available here


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