Rebecca Abrams is the creator of the pioneering Novel Thinking programme, which applies the techniques of story-telling to the key challenges of business leadership. She has two decades of expertise in creating compelling narratives and is passionate about helping others to do the same. Her workshops get to the heart of what stories do and why we need them, and provide practical tools for honing organisational and individual narratives.
Rebecca is a frequent contributor to the Executive Education programmes at the Oxford University Said Business School, where she leads successful seminars on story-telling and narrative. Clients include State Farm, Daiichi Sankyo, the Executive MBA, the Oxford MBA, and the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. She also works with private clients, most recently the International Council of Metals and Mining.
An award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction, Rebecca’s published works include The Playful Self, Woman in a Man's World, and Touching Distance, which was shortlisted for the 2009 McKitterick Prize for Literature and the MJA Open Book Award for Fiction.She is a core tutor on the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford and also teaches for the London-based Literary Consultancy. She was an Honorary Teaching Fellow on the acclaimed Warwick University Writing Programme, a founding faculty member of The School of Life, and from 2014-15, was appointed Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence.
Alongside writing and teaching, Rebecca has a succesful career as a freelance journalist. She is the recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award, had worked for the BBC in television and radio, and is a former columnist on the Daily Telegraph. Her feature articles have appeared in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and New Statesman, and she is regular literary critic for the the Financial Times.