Writing Mentorship

Whether you are a fledgling scribe or a published professional, Dr. Knafo can help your article, book, dissertation, or writing project say more, say it better, and say it so others will want to read it.

Do you have a paper or book inside bursting to get out?
Would you like to overcome writer’s block?
Do you need dissertation help?
Would you like to write a professional journal article?
Would you like help developing a literary voice?
Do you want to write a story, play, memoir, or other creative work?
Do you need help in character development?

Dr. Knafo can help you reach your personal and professional writing and publishing goals.

A member of the Author’s Guild, Dr. Knafo has published nine books and dozens of articles and essays, book-doctored fiction and non-fiction, and mentored numerous authors. As someone who has written about the creative process for over twenty years, she is well acquainted with the kinds of obstacles that get in the way of writing, as well as techniques to overcome them.


I’ve worked with Dr. Danielle Knafo on many writing and publishing ventures¬¬—academic, non-fiction, fiction––and have consistently found that she has an impeccable and unerring sense of what a piece of writing needs to maximize its potential to communicate, excite and inspire. She knows how to imbue writing with creative power, tightly linked and powerful arguments or story lines, and well-organized content. She has an eagle’s eye for what’s too much or not enough, and could give the best of editors a run for their money. Whether you’re writing a doctoral thesis, an academic paper of the highest scholarly magnitude, a novel, or a magazine piece, Dr. Knafo will help you make it as good as it possibly can be. She’s the gift the writer dreams about.
–Rocco Lo Bosco, author of Buddha Wept and Nintey-Nine

I have been in a writing group run by Dr. Danielle Knafo for several years.  She has been invaluable in helping me cultivate my voice as a writer and transform my ability to write in an articulate and meaningful way about the clinical experiences that I wish to discuss.  Dr. Knafo focuses on the piece as a whole and works paragraph by paragraph, line by line when necessary.  She gets to know those in her group and is able to thoughtfully discuss resistances and how best to use our personalities in our writing.  Dr. Knafo has helped me integrate psychoanalytic theory into my “clinical tales” and has greatly increased my sophistication as both a psychoanalytic thinker and a writer.  I have been in two other writing groups and neither held a candle to Dr. Knafo’s group.

–Beth Feldman, Ph.D.

Danielle Knafo has been supportive to my nascent writing efforts beyond what I expected in a writing coach. She was able to immerse herself in my writing ideas without imposing her own agenda. She quickly grasped what I wanted to convey and generated a prolific amount of ideas for how to approach and think about my projects. With great flexibility she is able to advise me in my effort to write an academic paper for journal publication as well as a broader endeavor written for a different venue. She also strikes a needed balance between giving practical advice on how to structure and go about writing a particular piece and thinking about the creative content. Finally, and of great importance, Danielle coaches with a generous spirit in which one has the impression that while she is working with you, she gives you and the work her all.
–Therese Rosenblatt, Ph.D.

Dr. Knafo was my dissertation chair and mentor, and continues to guide me in the process of developing a book. Since the time I began working with her, she challenged me to push the limits of my own expectations for my writing. As I met with her to discuss my dissertation over time, her creativity and enthusiasm inspired me to take the project to new levels. Dr. Knafo taught me how to make my writing flow. She showed me how to weave together a story, how to organize my ideas, integrate theoretical constructs, and make my own voice heard. Dr. Knafo’s knowledge of theories and literature–and more importantly, her efforts to think beyond them–helped me to broaden the scope of my own thinking and writing. Throughout the collaborative process of working with her, her dedication was reflected in her thoughtful and honest feedback. I am grateful to have found such an invaluable writing mentor.
–Dustin Kahoud, Psy.D., CASAC

Dr. Knafo has the rare ability to support and critique in a kind and productive way. She was my writing coach for a paper on psychoanalysis and architecture. We had fun conversations talking about my ideas and how they fit within the literature. Dr. Knafo suggested additional reading and made sure I didn’t miss an important reference. She helped emphasize the paper’s main suggestion and eliminate what was tangential. Our time spent together was both pleasurable, stimulating and very productive, and I would wholeheartedly recommend working with Dr. Knafo.
–Esther Sperber, Studio ST Architects, NYC

Dr. Danielle Knafo has been my advisor for the past five years. A significant part of our work together focused on writing projects. Dr. Knafo was my consultant on various writing endeavors, from personal essays, a book chapter and my academic dissertation. Dr. Knafo is a wise, methodical, and creative writing consultant, approaching writing as a joyful art. Her insightful comments and astute logic elevated my writing to its full potential. Dr. Knafo helped me organize, adhere to the professional requirements of APA, and at the same time, made sure my authentic voice and style were maintained. The evident pleasure she took in writing and editing made working with her an exciting and rewarding process. Aside from being an intelligent professional, Dr. Knafo is also a kind, warm, and caring person. She has a wonderful sense of humor and abundance of patience. She not only worked on my writing projects, but also rooted for me and supported me until the completion of each project. Dr. Knafo is a true mentor and any student or writer would benefit from her services.
–Adi Avivi, Psy.D.