Allen R. Kates, MFAW

Allen's Bio


   My background as a professional writer, journalist and editor spans 35+ years. Here are some highlights.



  • Ghostwriter and book editor for over 20 years
  • Wrote television documentaries, dramas, current affairs, film scripts, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles and books
  • Produced hundreds of television programs
  • Story development executive at Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in Hollywood for several years. My job was to find and collaborate with writers. 
  • Author of the internationally acclaimed book CopShock, which was the basis for an A&E Television Network documentary


  • Studied creative writing at Goddard College and earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing degree (MFAW). It was boot camp for writers!
  • Film, television and journalism at Ryerson University (BA)
  • English and Drama at the University of Windsor 
  • Publishing with renowned expert Dan Poynter 
  • Trained in PTSD, suicide and crisis intervention

    Trauma Expert

  • As a trauma expert, I'm Board Certified In Emergency Crisis Response (BCECR) by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
  • Earned certificates in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder studies, Critical Incident Stress, and crisis and suicide intervention from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), and the Pima County Attorney's Office

    Animal Lover

  • If you include animals in your stories, then you've come to the right place. I have 2 cats, 3 dogs, and a lovebirdall rescued animals.
  • I used to have 2 pet cows and I would hug and kiss them and take them for walks. They lived out their lives in freedom on an Arizona cattle ranch where I lived for nearly 5 years. 

  • Books

  • For books I've written, co-authored or ghostwritten, please go to
  • Most books that I've ghostwritten are confidential; however, here are three books where I share a credit.

           CopShock, Second Edition                Gifts My Father Gave Me                        Just Plain Dorothy
                   by Allen R. Kates                          by Sharon Knutson-Felix                        by Dorothy H. Finley
    Purchase these books at

    More Details

    For more biographical information, please go to
    . Click on "Allen's Background."

                "I feel safe, believed and respected in exposing my heart,
                 soul and mind on paper to Allen. He is astute and honest
                 in his comments and suggestions, filling me with
                 encouragement and belief in my ability to write a horrifying
                 story beautifully."

                 -Dawn Rafferty, memoir in progress


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