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by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

Meet the Teaching Artist: Finding Your Voice with Lynne Golodner

by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

Meet the Teaching Artist: Finding Your Voice with Lynne Golodner

by Writing Workshops Staff

A year ago

Meet Lynne Golodner, a talented teaching artist and accomplished author who brings a wealth of experience and inspiration to the creative writing community at

As the author of the captivating novel "Woman of Valor" and a contributor to prestigious publications such as Saveur, Poets & Writers, and the Chicago Tribune, Lynne's work has touched the hearts and minds of readers around the world.

With her extensive background in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Lynne's expertise shines through in her transformative classes.

One such offering is the highly anticipated Finding Your Voice workshop, a six-week journey that encourages participants to discover their unique writing voice and craft personal essays and poems that truly resonate. Lynne understands the desire for self-expression after years of focusing on others' journeys, and she skillfully guides students in reigniting their passion for writing.

Through this course, writers will gain valuable skills, find new ideas, and emerge with a heightened sense of purpose, ready to leave a lasting legacy with their stories. Join Lynne Golodner's class and embark on a transformative writing adventure, where you will not only hone your craft but also inspire and connect with others along the way.

Hi, Lynne. Please introduce yourself to our audience.

I've been writing all my life, for newspapers and magazines and all kinds of audiences. I keep a corduroy-covered journal from my youth behind my desk today to remind me of who I always have been. I earned my MFA from Goddard College and my master's thesis - a poetry manuscript - was published as my first book in time for graduation! Since then, I've had 7 other books published, including a second poetry collection, 6 nonfiction books and in fall of 2023, my 9th book and first novel will be published. I've been a journalist in New York, Washington, D.C., and Detroit, a marketing entrepreneur, and I've taught writing to university students, teens and adults since the mid-1990s. Now, I am a writing coach, author and entrepreneur who helps writers build their brands and create author careers! I am also the mom of 4 young adults and I live with my husband in Detroit.

What made you want to teach this specific class? Is it something you are focusing on in your own writing practice? Have you noticed a need to focus on this element of craft?

I've been teaching for since 2015 and I love the students who come to my classes!!

Give us a breakdown of how the course is going to go. What can the students expect? What is your favorite part about this class you've dreamed up?

I teach Finding Your Voice, Perfecting Line Breaks in Poetry, Demystifying Show Don't Tell, Writing a Book & Getting It Done, Your Author Brand, Write Like Hemingway, and so many more courses for! In all of my classes, I create a nurturing environment where people can gain confidence in their writing and expand their skills. I also create a writing community where you can find support, camaraderie and inspiration to quiet the doubting voices in your head.

What was your first literary crush?

In a way, Herman Wouk. I read Marjorie Morningstar in middle school and just fell in love with that book and character.

What are you currently reading?

About 5 different books!

How do you choose what you're working on? When do you know it is the next thing you want to write all the way to THE END?

Right now, I aim to write a book a year, but I divide my novel-writing time with creative nonfiction. I work where I find the flow. But when I am in the middle of a novel, I am eager to journey with the characters and see how they might surprise me!

Where do you find inspiration?


What is the best piece of writing wisdom you've received that you can pass along to our readers? How did it impact your work? Why has this advice stuck with you?

A mentor once told me, when writing creative nonfiction, to never disparage someone else in an essay because it just makes me look like a jerk. Instead, the mentor advised looking at my role in the situation and just stating the facts. It always works!

What is your favorite book to recommend on the craft of writing? Why this book?

Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way - it's not really a craft book but it is essential for any writer who ever doubts themselves!

Bonus question: What’s your teaching vibe?


Learn More About Working with Lynne:

You can learn more about Lynne's Upcoming Classes and find the class that is right for where you are in your writing journey.


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