MFA in Writing
BA in English (Honors)
For the past six years, Robin has been an adjunct professor in sitcom writing at NYU’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, using her own extensive professional experience to instruct students in the art of writing for television. Her courses, designed for both undergraduate and graduate students, include “Introduction to Half-Hour Comedy Writing” and “Advanced Sitcom Writing.”
In her classes Robin focuses on the fundamentals of scriptwriting, teaching students how to conceptualize, outline, draft, and build scripts in two and three-act structures. From the Cold Open to the Tag, Robin’s students become adept in writing scenes with clearly differentiated A, B, and C stories, all of which possess conflict, story turns, and action.
As part of the NYU faculty, Robin reads applications for undergraduate admissions. As an evaluator, she understands the role of the essay in the broader context of each application, and she coaches students to write personal essays that stand out.
Robin has published several children’s books, including three Junior Editions of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook and the eight-book series The Groovy Girls, as well as a Young Adult novel, God Is In The Pancakes (2010). Her writing has also been published in numerous journals and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Real Simple, Glamour, Marie Claire, Teen People, Gear, The Princeton Alumni Weekly, and Traveler’s Tales.
Robin is a contributor to the radio show This American Life on NPR. She has worked as a writer for several television shows, including What About Joan, Clued In, Lateline with Al Franken, and Soul Man with Dan Aykroyd, as well as the TV movie Created Equal. She has also worked as a lead writer on video games including “Tycoon City: New York,” “The O.C. Video Game,” and “High School Dreams.”
Robin tutors students in admission essays, writing for television, journalism, children’s books, and creative nonfiction. Her rate is $300 per hour.