Linda Lowen is a writer, editor, book and theater reviewer, and freelancer with experience producing content across multiple platforms.
She is a non-fiction book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly, reads for several literary magazines including Stone Canoe and Hippocampus, and is a contributor to The Writer magazine,
She is the founder of AlwaysWantedToWrite.com, a writing studio based in Syracuse, NY offering online and in-person workshops. She’s a writing instructor for one of the country’s largest YMCA-based arts program, The Downtown Writer’s Center. In the summer and fall she teaches non-fiction writing and memoir at writing festivals and conferences from the Chautauqua Institution to the Festival of Women Writers in the Catskills.
In 2019 she launched StruckByWriting.com which offers seaside writing retreats and residencies from one week to one month during the off season in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (April 2019), Cape Cod (October 2019), and Myrtle Beach (February 2020). She also hosts a unique, intensive, all-inclusive work-focused week — limited to two writers at a time — in a Great Lakes lighthouse — WriteAtTheLight.com.
She edited the anthology Hopeful – Grateful – Strong: Survivor Stories from the YMCA of Greater Syracuse’s Cancer Support Programs (2015), helping women who had never written before craft their first stories. Her essay, “Hillary Clinton, Everymother” was featured in the anthology, Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, edited by Joanne Bamberger (2015).
She is a theater reviewer for the Syracuse Post-Standard/syracuse.com. Her “Storytime” column in Family Times: The Parenting Guide of Central New York earned her a 2013 Bronze award from the Parenting Media Association.
Linda has worked for national media outlets including MSN.com and MSN Living, and About.com /the New York Times Company. Writing as the Women’s Issues expert for About.com, Linda increased page views over 400% and elevated the site to the #1 position on Google for “women’s issues.” For About.com, she wrote over 2400 pieces of original content and was awarded an EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women’s Political Caucus.
A member of the National Cancer Survivor’s Day Speakers Bureau, she has spoken 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.
She is the former co-producer/co-host of the award-winning syndicated health and wellness show “Take Care,” produced by WRVO Public Media in upstate New York. The show was honored by the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for its interviews and content.
As a media coach/consultant, Linda draws on two decades in radio and television in both commercial and pubic broadcasting, and the Progressive Women’s Voices media training 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.