Yay! Big news. This past August, my essay, “No More Secrets and Silence,” won first prize in the Magic of Memoir contest. The essay also appears in The Magic of Memoir anthology, released in November 2016. (If you write memoir or family history, or want to write either of them, this is the volume to add to your memoir/family history writing resources. The book is available on Amazon.)
My memoir, My Mother’s Money, was a finalist in the memoir-writing contest sponsored by SheWrites.com and Serendipity Literary Agency in the fall of 2014. The agent I spoke with after the announcement will read my full manuscript when it’s completed.
If you’re interested, my undergraduate degree is in English Literature; my graduate degree is in Communications Management.
Now, on to you.
Want to be a better writer? I’ll help you get there.
I’m a multi-published writer of articles, essays, and blogs, under my own name and several pseudonyms. At this website (Tools & Tactics for Writers), you can check out the categories in the list on the right and choose the kind of writing info (or amusement) you want.
My home base is in Massachusetts, but I’ve worked with writers as far away as Florida, Canada, and Slovenia. So you see, distance is no obstacle.
All of the classes I teach are either free or very, very cheap. So don’t let lack of money stand in your way.
My students range in age from 15 to 94. They are life story and memoir writers, essayists, mystery novelists, short story writers, journal writers, and poets. Most have been taking classes with me for years (maybe because I always bring pastries to the last class).
The courses are varied and really fun. You’ll learn a lot and laugh a lot. A lot. (I’ll post the time and dates of the next ones in Upcoming Teaching Events as soon as they’re settled.)
I edit manuscripts, coach clients in their business, creative, and life story writing endeavors, and work with young people to strengthen their writing skills.
If that’s not enough, I’m in the final editing stages of my own two memoirs.
One’s My Mother’s Money—the nail biter referred to above. The other is about the trials of working for 11 bosses (two were quite insane—I mean, unpleasant) in 11 years in a single institution.
My shorter works (articles and essays) have been published in Skirt Magazine, More Magazine Online, Maturity Matters, the Arlington Advocate, the Lexington Minuteman, Grub Daily, and numerous other online and paper publications.
Besides my degrees, I’ve taken more than two dozen writing classes and worked with two writing coaches myself. I’ve worked in for profit, nonprofit, and higher ed institutions, as director of large- and small-scale internal and external marketing communications projects.
I’ve moderated writing panels and given dynamic talks on creative writing. So if you’re looking for a speaker (particularly one who can talk to an audience about writing stories from their own or their family’s lives), give me a holler.
For tons of writing tips and information, follow me on Twitter @lynettebenton.
I enjoy working with creative writing clients who want to learn and grow as writers, even if I’m only editing their work.
I’m experienced and easy to work with. You can see the nice things students and clients say about me by clicking on thisTestimonials link.
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