Dr Rachel Knightley

I’m a fiction and non-fiction author, freelance writer and presenter, with a background in directing and performing. I coach communication and performance as life skills: 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. To explore coaching for life, work and art, book a free 30-minute consultation call. Or, grab one of six places (and a free copy of my Creative Writing Toolkit book) when you join Green Ink Writers’ Gym at Olympic Studios, Barnes on 22 October!

I’m a member of 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 in life, work and art.

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, including Starburst and Jewish Renaissance.  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 here. I’d love to hear from you!