Charlotte Kaufman

Charlotte's writing is "gorgeous, brilliant, funny, authentic, no-bullshit and all-fierce."

- Amy Ferris, author of Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis and editor of Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue.

Rebel Heart Rescue - April 2014

Rebel Heart Book

About the Book: I've just finished the manuscript of my real-life adventure story of life aboard our sailboat, Rebel Heart and am represented by agents Aemilia Phillips and David Patterson of Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. The book tells the unlikely story of how my husband and I met, bought a sailboat, raised our young children on board, and ended up in a dramatic rescue at sea. It details the international media frenzy our story caused and how we were eventually able to move on after losing our boat and home at sea.

This American Life documented what happened during the rescue in their Call for Help episode and more recently author Kevin Grange wrote about the events in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. John Curnow with Sail-World Cruising recently interviewed me about the founding of Women Who Sail and my experience aboard Rebel Heart.

Charlotte Kaufman speaking in Australia, April 2018

Let’s Connect…

and talk about Rebel Heart.

The Rebel Heart covers several themes. If you have a podcast, blog, or event where I can talk about this real-life adventure story, please reach out and let me know.

Topics I can discuss are:

  • Adventure, travel, memoir, creative nonfiction & writing.

  • Woman as the protagonist in an adventure (think Wild by Cheryl Strayed or Red Sky in Mourning by Tami Oldman (now the movie, Adrift).

  • Mental health (in particular depression, postpartum depression & the interplay of those things with parenting).

  • Free-range and alternative parenting.

  • Sailing/Cruising/Living Aboard/Raising kids aboard.

  • #MeToo and speaking out against sexual abuse.

Here are my currently scheduled events & workshops. If you are there, please say hello!


Rebel Heart Group

If you’d like to be kept up to date on the progress of the Rebel Heart book publication and want to talk more with others about these themes, join me in the Rebel Heart Book Facebook Group.

Women Who Sail

I am a sailor and the founder of Women Who Sail, a 16,000+ group of female sailors. Women Who Sail is a supportive, positive community for women on the water (both sail and power vessels) and includes members who are beginner sailors as well as world famous mariners like Lin Pardey, Lisa Blair, Tracy Edwards, Amanda Swan Neal, Abby Ehler, Linda Greenlaw, Jeanne Socrates, and Behan Gifford. If you are a woman on the water, please join us! womenwhosail.com

Mammoth Women Writers

After losing my sailboat, my husband and I moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, swapping adventures at sea for the mountains. In 2017 I founded Mammoth Women Writers, a writing group dedicated to building a community of women and gender non-conforming writers in the Eastern Sierra. If you are passing through the mountains, please join us at a meeting.