Dr Rachel Knightley

Writing, speaking and confidence to share your authentic voice in life, work and art are the world’s most transferrable life skills. My lifelong love of communication and performance is what made me a fiction and non-fiction author (Black Shuck Books, Illuminate/Hodder Education), feature writer (Starburst, Jewish Renaissance, Fangoria) and presenter (Severin Films, Starburst Magazine and Youtube Channel, Indicator Films).  To explore coaching for life, work and art, book a free 30-minute consultation call. Or, join me for a spooky and sparkly end of term workshop: Ghost Stories for Christmas, Thursday 8 December, 6.30pm GMT.

I’m an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), hold a LAMDA Diploma of Speech and Drama Education (LSDE) and a PGCert in Teaching Creative Writing from the University of Cambridge. I moved away from theatre to finish my PhD and focus on writing, but the years I spent acting and directing formed my fascination with perception and reality, and how the roles we play in life affect our identity. That’s why I love coaching, and the power the right coaching space and time has to clarify aims, develop confidence and create authenticity. whether you’re onstage or offstage, working the switchboard or boardroom, interviewee or interviewer, an authentic relationship with your audience builds you confidence and turns their day around. 

You’ll also find those themes of authenticity, identity and communication in my short story collection, Beyond Glass (Black Shuck Books, May 2021; second collection to be published 2023), in the stories I’ve contributed to anthologies such as the 2022 British Fantasy Award-nominated Dreamland (Black Shuck Books) and Uncertainties Vol. 3 (Swan River Press, featuring Joyce Carol Oates) as well as in my regular features and short stories for magazines and anthologies.  I’m also the author of Your Creative Writing Toolkit and  GCSE Drama Revision and Study Guide (Illuminate/Hodder Education). 

To explore your artistic, personal and professional goals or develop your confidence, communication or performance for work, art and life, book your free 30-minute introduction to coaching, or sign up for my newsletter. You can also email any questions or say hello here.