Linda Lowen is a writer, editor, and freelancer who produces content across multiple platforms.
She is co-producer/co-host of the award-winning public radio show “Take Care,” a weekly conversation on health and wellness. Produced by WRVO Public Media in upstate New York, “Take Care” is syndicated nationally through PRX, the Public Radio Exchange, and as a podcast on iTunes. The show has earned several awards from the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for its interviews and content.
She is a writing instructor for one of the country’s largest YMCA-based community arts program, The Downtown Writer’s Center, in Syracuse, NY, and teaches non-fiction writing, memoir, and blogging there and at writing festivals and retreats across New York state.
She is also the founder of AlwaysWantedToWrite.com, a website and writing studio in the historic Delavan Center in Syracuse, where she leads small-group writing classes, coaches writers at every level, and offers writing services from ghostwriting and editing to blogging and social media.
Her passion for guiding new writers to take those critical first steps in telling their stories led her to edit the anthology Hopeful – Grateful – Strong: Survivor Stories from the YMCA of Greater Syracuse’s Cancer Support Programs (2015). Her essay, “Hillary Clinton, Everymother” is featured in the anthology, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, edited by Joanne Bamberger and published in November 2015. Her non-fiction story “Christmas Eve Service,” appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering and Giving Back (2015).
She is a theater reviewer for the Syracuse Post-Standard / syracuse.com. Her “Storytime” column in the monthly magazine Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York earned her a 2013 Bronze award in the personal essay category from the Parenting Media Association.
Linda has written for national media outlets including MSN.com and MSN Living, and About.com when it was owned by the New York Times Company. As the sole editor/writer/content producer for the Women’s Issues site at About.com, she increased page views over 400% and elevated it to the #1 position on Google, Yahoo, and Bing under the search term “women’s issues.” For About.com, she wrote over 2400 pieces of original content, and her coverage of Sarah Palin’s unsuccessful bid for vice president in 2008 earned her an EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women’s Political Caucus.
She is a member of the National Cancer Survivor’s Day Speakers Bureau and has addressed audiences at survivor events from Hartford, CT to Cooperstown, NY. She is also a conference keynote / plenary speaker and has presented on topics ranging from cancer survivorship and the impact of new media on health care to the power of storytelling in the business sector.
Linda works as a media coach/consultant, drawing on her years of experience in front of the microphone and the camera in both commercial and pubic broadcasting, and her media training in the Progressive Women’s Voices program at the Women’s Media Center, founded by Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, in New York City. Linda is also the recipient of two national Clarion Awards for her work in women’s issues radio programming.
She is also an adjunct instructor in communications at Cazenovia College, a four-year liberal arts college in upstate New York.
Linda will be one of our resident writing coaches for our Women At Woodstock 2017 Writing Retreat, and will teach a one-hour workshop each morning for the Writers in Process track on all aspects of writing, completing, and publishing a finished work.