Linda Carol Cobb


“How do I know what I think till I see what I say?”

Wallace Stegner


Outgoing and talkative, Linda found her niche in teaching communication skills to a captive audience. She taught English electives—public speaking, journalism, visual language, drama, advanced composition and college-bound reading—for 37 years at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. She coached the forensic team for 30 years, sponsored Shore Lines, the school newsmagazine, for 11 years and directed the theatre program for nine years. After retiring from teaching, she served as the school’s writing tutor.

Her journalism students won regional, state and national awards for writing. Shore Lines earned top honors from numerous press associations, including the George H. Gallup award from Quill and Scroll. Linda has taught sessions at Columbia University’s CSPA’s national conferences and at Virginia High School League’s state journalism conferences. She was also invited to serve as a critic judge for Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

In 2001, Linda was named Bayside High’s Teacher of the Year. In 2000, the Virginia Journalism Teachers and Advisers Association honored her with the Virginia Gazette Award. She was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers four times.

Since retiring, Linda has taught seminars in public speaking and grammar/writing for Eastern Virginia Medical School, HRW, Old Dominion’s Career Switcher Program and Evenings at Saint Patrick’s. Currently, she teaches workshops at The Muse Writing Center in Norfolk, serves on HRW’s board of directors and Seven Cities Writers Project’s advisory board and belongs to Virginia Beach Writers and Tidewater Writers. She copyedits Eastern Virginia Medical School’s magazine and acts as a public speaking coach there. Over the years, she has copyedited books, articles and brochures on a free-lance basis.

Linda’s writing interests are limited to personal essays and memoirs that fall into a self-imposed truth box. She is working on a collection of short, true stories about personal experiences and her Tennessee hillbilly family.

Published Work:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents, “Baby Lessons” (March 2019)

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Teachers, “Consequences” (April 2017)

Red Fez, “Tennessee Trick or Treat” (Issue 94, October 2016)

Puppy Love: An Anthology Celebrating Our Canine Friends, “Buddy’s Birthday” (2015)

Writers Haven, “Memories of Mama and Papa” (Issue 12, June 2013)

America’s Got Stories, “BCH DAWG” (May 2011)



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