Lynn Schwartz is a writer, teacher, and story development editor for both fiction and nonfiction. Over the last decade, she has worked with hundreds of students and private clients to help discover their stories and tell them well. Lynn provides clients with writing services tailored to individual needs including story development editing, coaching, manuscript assessments, and ghostwriting.
Lynn has ghostwritten three books (a novel, a mystery, and a self-help book). Her plays and staged readings have been performed in Atlanta and New York City, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and her short stories have appeared in literary journals. Lynn founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in New York City, which hosted over 100 renowned authors including Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award recipients, and which The Village Voice reviewed as "Lively lineups…. Always smart, never predictable."
In 2008 and again in 2013, Lynn received an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council, and in 2014, she received the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County's "Annie Award" in Literary Arts. Lynn is also a freelance nonfiction writer who has published over two hundred lifestyle articles. Many have appeared in regional publications such as The Capital, What's Up? Annapolis, Annapolis Lifestyle, Chesapeake Taste, and Inside Annapolis. For twelve years, Lynn served as an online columnist for Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education. Her "Chefs Speak Out" column featured such culinary luminaries as Carla Hall (co-host of The Chew), Rock Harper (winner of Hell's Kitchen Season Three), Charlie Palmer (award-winning Master Chef), and Dr. Tim Ryan (President of The Culinary Institute of America).
Lynn teaches fiction and memoir at The Writer's Center in Bethesda and Annapolis, and for the past decade, she has taught "The Craft of Story" at St. John's College in Annapolis. She has brought writing instruction and the promotion of literary arts to regional venues, which include Anne Arundel County's Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program Middle School and High School, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Seeds for Success, the Wellness House of Annapolis, Maryland Writers' Association, Eastern Shore Writers Association, the Bay To Ocean Writers Conference, Johns Hopkins University, Hadassah, and the Annapolis Book Festival. In addition, she has been featured twice on "Delmarva Today: Writer's Edition," for Delmarva Public Radio, an NPR affiliate.
In 2013, Lynn launched the ongoing series, "Page to Stage: Life Stories" at the Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis; this live theatrical performance blends life story writing, short reflections, poetry, and music into a collage of eclectic, poignant, and funny tales.
Lynn is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, and holds a BA from Columbia University in Literature/Writing, and an MA from The City College of New York in Creative Writing.