I'm Robbyn, creator of Kissing the Muse.
Creativity is a form of intimacy, and that's something we all need and crave. I hope my work here inspires you to explore whatever turns on your muse — happy kissing!
Robbyn Layne McGill is a freelance writer and transformative teaching artist fueled by a passion for creative adventures. Her three and half decades of professional experience spans the fields of film and video production, advertising, publishing, academia, psychology, and art.
After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1993, Robbyn worked as a producer for a boutique production company in Kansas City. In 1996, she followed her heart to San Francisco, where she began crafting personal, poetic film collages using found 16mm footage.
After earning an MFA from San Francisco State University in 2003, Robbyn managed the expressive arts program for the Marin Brain Injury Network. In 2007, she was appointed associate professor to the department of Arts & Consciousness at John F. Kennedy University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in transformative art while also studying transpersonal psychology.
Drawing on her background in art, psychology, writing, and film, she developed an interactive graduate course that examined the artist’s creative process through the lens of the archetypal hero’s journey — a narrative pattern that expresses the repeating, universal and eternal themes we all face when confronted with the challenge to change. As an ongoing creative practice, she imagined this framework could help not only artists, but people from all walks of life, to creatively navigate life’s adventures and storms.
When JFKU closed its A&C programs in 2012, Robbyn put her innovative course framework to a personal test. She embarked on her own messy, magical, creative adventure to Africa, crafting folk-art-inspired stuffed animals to raise funds for impoverished people in Malawi and Uganda.
She moved to Amsterdam in 2014 and founded Kissing the Muse to help people embrace their innate creative wisdom and power. In addition to professional copywriting and editorial services, her company provides transformative workshops, programs and retreats locally, online, and internationally.
Robbyn holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Practices (painting and cinema) from San Francisco State University (2006), a Master of Arts degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University (2013), and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas (1993).
She currently lives in Amsterdam with her British love and Dutch cat.