About Lynette Benton

Lynette_BentonYay! 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.

Writing Classes

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.

My Background
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.

Let me help you get started or advance your writing now. Want to tell me about your writing project or dreams? Just click on the Contact tab above.

38 thoughts on “About Lynette Benton

  1. Dear Lynette,

    ‘Just wanted to say that I stopped by your website and I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed for further posts. I look forward to getting to know you better at First Parish.

    Kind regards,
    Doug Davidoff

  2. Hi Lynete,
    I have finally been to your website. It is first of all visually very appealing. I have read only the Aout, Home, and Upcoming events. tabs. I haven’t ventured into the blogs yet (I just don’t have time at work), but I wirte to encourage you because your wiring is so good and clear, and your tone is genuine and attractive.

    Have your experiences teaching the Tips and Techniques cntinued to be positive? I would think that someone coming inot the class and not knowing you would be quite at ease by the end of the first class and this, of course, frees people to get into the writing in a non-prressured way. Your writing gives confidence to others. I wish your talents were more valued in the world so you could make a killing doing something as useful as this.

    Bye, dear,

  3. Lynette, Thank you for posting on my HubPages article. It’s always a pleasure to meet others in “the field”. I am going to try and figure out how to get your blog on my own 🙂 Wish me luck.
    Let’s stay in touch through LinkedIn et al.

  4. Hi, Lynette. Thanks for following me on Twitter. I’m on the board of a 200-member writers’ workshop in the Chicago area and we are always looking for writers who also teach to speak to our group. If interested, please email me for more information.

  5. Hi, Sue:

    Thanks for your comment. I’m very interested in speaking to or teaching your group. The problem is, I’m in Boston. Do you have any video presenters? Any other way(s) I can help?

    – Lynette

  6. Lynette,

    I enjoyed reading your over your accomplishments and excitment regarding writing. Thanks for the motivaton and support. Have a wonderful week.

  7. I’ve tried to contact you, Murees. Left a message on your blog, but don’t think it went through.

    My intention was to share YOUR blog w/ aspiring writers. 1) I’m not an aspiring writer. 2) Anyone clicking on the link would go to YOUR site.

    If you want to discuss more, email me at relief11@comcast.net.

  8. My partner and I really enjoyed reading this blog post, I was just itching to know do you trade featured posts? I am always trying to find someone to make trades with and merely thought I would ask.

  9. Lynette,
    I’ve been following your blog and twitter for a while – you are so generous with your tips and writing wisdom. I also have a copy of your eBook (http://bit.ly/aTaDpq) which is excellent and I highly recommend it.
    I want to thank you for sharing all this great info for those of us who are aspiring writers (I am a secretly aspiring writer!)….I love your writing style and I just cannot wait until your memoir comes out!

  10. Jeff, Thank you so much. I’ll be in touch soon about having you guest post here. Hope you’re well. (I need to check out your blog again to see what you’ve been writing.)

  11. Hi Lynette

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I would like to know if you could give me your opinon about my memoir idea? The following statements weren’t written in the form of a proposal since I am not trying to sell you anything, and I have only briefly described the premise behind the memoir. I have asked people close to me to give me their opinon and they seem to think that people would be interested. I have researched publishing and I see that it has a lot more to do with celebrity or platform then I expected.

    My husband is an undocumented person who was recently arrested by immigration and is in the process of being deported. He has been in detention since April 6th, we were recently married in the facility that he is currently being housed in. Many hold the misconception that marrying automatically resolves immigration problems, this isn’t the case if the person entered the country without inspection meaning without a visa. The legal battle will continue because once he deported he will be banned from the U.S for ten years. This is due to a law passed by Bill Clinton, the only recourse is to file a 601 waiver, for which the burden of proof is high.

    I would like to know if these events taken together create enough interest to justify writing a memoir? If these experiences are rich enough for memoir, then I can spend the necessary time and energy trying to build a platform, and writing the book.

    Thank you,


  12. Hi, Lynette. I saw that you have followed me on Twitter. Yesterday I got serious about Twitter. Got some good information via a blogging friend, and think I am “getting” it. Used correctly, and wisely, I see how it can help one find and connect with writers and others who have similar interests.

    As you probably noticed, I write memoir–just had one published by a small press. (I’m also a full-time caregiver of a disabled daughter; she’s in my memoir.) I’m 71 years old, have perfect health, so far, and am trying to carve out time to begin a second memoir! And to read more books.

    So. Here you are, a memoirist, too, among many other wonderful pursuits. I’m bookmarking your site so I can come back tomorrow and read in more depth. I just read through all the comments on this page, and I’m eager now to keep in touch with what you’re doing and writing, as well as to meet some of the people who commented here. Thanks for following me on Twitter, where I see you post a lot of interesting and helpful links.

  13. Hi Lynette,
    I love your blog and the title Polish and Publish. I’m passionate about craft, as well (and appreciated your kind words about my memoir, The River of Forgetting!). Any chance we could have a conversation or an interview on your site about the difference between writing for oneself and writing for publication? After decades of journaling and years of polishing my memoir, I have passionate feelings about that difference. I don’t want to discourage a single soul from writing, but I wince when people conflate “writing my story” with publishing.

  14. Hi Lynette,
    I know your wrote back to me about my previous comment, but my email program seems to have lost your mail, as it sometimes does. You asked me to be back in touch about now about a guest blog post or interview. For now, I’d just to say Hi and let you know I’ll be on vacation until Oct 1. Let’s see about setting up something after that, if you’d like.

    Hope things are going well for you.

  15. I follow you on twitter so of course I wanted to learn more about you. This is great! You teach at senior centers. That really must be rewarding. I want to read more of your writing. Thank you so much for the contact and may you have great success.

  16. Dear Lynette,
    I receive your email, read your blog and stories. I have been teaching Creative Writing to Seniors for the last 8 months w/such good success that we published a newsletter that got a lot of notoriety and attracted 2 newspaper to write articles about us. Those students came armed with their own works which I critiqued and tweaked each week. This was strictly a volunteer position.
    I now will be teaching students [for a small fee] who called from the newspaper articles & flyers around town. This group is not necessarily writers but are really, really interested in beginning to write. Some want to do stories while others prefer poetry.
    I will begin this first of 6 classes by asking them to write 5 sentences on a person and a place and a thing of interest to them.
    Then each student will read them out loud & we will chose the most interesting.
    My question to you is I was going to ask them as homework to begin to write about something of much interest to them & bring it to class- would this be a good direction to go to get the class going? Many thanks and blessings to yoiu. Sam

  17. Hi Samantha: I see you and I are in similar lines of work, and I’m thrilled to know you.

    Your idea sounds fine. I don’t give my students homework before they start working with me, and very seldom afterwards. They usually know what they want to write about, so I give *individualized* assignments to them. For example, “Use more dialog and less description here,” “Try starting this story closer to the action,” “Get out your Thesaurus and find a better word to use here.” Know what I mean?

    I hope this helps. Let me know if it doesn’t.

  18. I was so pleased to find your blog. I wish I lived closer to you so I could take your classes. Do you offer any online? I live in Virginia.

    I also have degrees in English and communications. I have recently quit teaching these subjects in the public schools and am looking for an outlet for my talents (and volunteer basis is fine with me). I absolutely loved teaching and I miss the best parts of that job.

    I am considering offering my talents to assisted living facilities or similar groups where I might find willing students to engage in literature and creative writing. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations about how to make that transition? Do you know of any good resources for better understanding the needs and aptitudes (in terms of literature and creative writing) of that population? Your blog indicates to me that seniors may be very open and interested in an opportunity to explore these subjects.

    I will study your blog more and more, as I think that you are an excellent role model for me. Thanks for reading my reply.


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  20. Hi Lynette, thank you for your lovely comment on my ‘about’ me page. I thought I’d reply here so you would see it easier! I have my own camera and my friend takes the photos, all outfits are my own choices though!

    thanks again! 🙂

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