Lynne Golodner

Lynne Golodner is the author of nine books and thousands of articles as well as a marketing entrepreneur, writing coach and host of the Make Meaning Podcast. After working as a journalist in New York and Washington, D.C., Lynne returned to her native Detroit to pursue a freelance writing career and teach writing. In 2007, she created Your People, a marketing and public relations company with a focus on storytelling. Lynne has spent more than 20 years inspiring others to find their voice, identify their purpose, and live according to their passion.

Her writing has appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, the Chicago Tribune, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, the Detroit Free Press, Porridge Magazine, the Jewish Literary Journal, Hadassah Magazine, Forbes, and many more publications. In addition to teaching her signature Finding Your Voice writers workshop, Lynne launched The Writers Community in 2021 as a way to bring writers together for support and community in an encouraging online forum. She teaches to a global audience, including her courses Creating Your Author Brand, Writing Guest Essays, and Demystifying Show Don’t Tell, and she works one-on-one with writers to guide their careers and finetune their writing.

A former Fulbright Specialist, Lynne graduated from University of Michigan (BA, Communications/English) and Goddard College (MFA, Writing). She is the mother of four and lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, where she just finished her second novel.

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info Subjects


Food & Drink
Religion & Spirituality


Hiking, Orthodox Judaism, Relationships

notepad Skills

  • Blog posts
  • Books
  • Brochures
  • Communications strategy
  • Content marketing
  • Curriculum
  • Editing
  • Essays
  • Feature writing
  • Marketing personas
  • Media relations
  • News releases
  • Op-Ed
  • Photography
  • Podcasts
  • Podcasting
  • Project management
  • Publicity
  • Social media
  • Web copy

notepad Writing Credits

“Remembering My Grandma and Her Chicken Soup”, Hadassah Magazine
“Staying Connected to my Son”, The Forward
“Swimming: A Meditation,” The Good Life Review
“Waiting for My Father to Die,” Jewish Literary Journal
“Oysters,” Porridge Magazine
“Politics will be judged, whether you stay silent or not,” Crain’s Detroit Business
“Business is increasingly political; here’s how to embrace it,” Detroit News
“Higher ed marketing needs a revolution,” University Business Magazine
“The Meaning of Money: Multiplying Your Impact,” Forbes
“Marketing Waldorf Schools,” Renewal: A Journal for Waldorf Education
“Virus Reminds Me What Life Should Be About,” Detroit News

notepad Book Credits

Woman of Valor, Scotia Road Books (2023)

The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads, Read the Spirit Books (2013)

Stand Out from the Crowd: the Your People guide to marketing, public relations and social media, Y:P Books (2012)

The Patient’s Guide to Cutaneous Lymphoma, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation (2012)

Hide and Seek: Jewish women & hair covering, Urim Publications (2003)

Living Inside: The Poetry of Prayer, Ridgeway Press/YMCA Writers Voice (2003)

Residential Architecture: Living Places, The Ashley Group/Cahners Publications (2002)

In the Shadow of the Tree: a writing workbook for kids with cancer, Promise Publications (2001)

My First Time at a Swim Meet: poems and stories by Kids, Ridgeway Press (1999)

Driving Off the Horizon: poems by Lynne Meredith Cohn, IM Press (1996)

star Awards, Honors, Appointments

Board Member, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, 2022-ongoing

Board Member, Congregation Beth Ahm, 2021-ongoing

Shalom Hartman Institute Community Leaders Program fellowship, 2020-2021

Forbes Agency Council Member, 2020-2021

MichBusiness Marketing & PR Prophet, 2019, MBPA.

Crain’s Notable Women in Marketing, 2018, Crain’s Detroit Business.

MarCom Platinum, Gold & Honorable Mention Awards, 2017, Strategic Communications & Crisis Planning, Nonprofit Website Design, Digital Media/Writing for Client Blog

Fulbright Specialist, 2017-2020, U.S. State Department

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business, Cohort 12, Wayne State University

Board Member: IABC Detroit (International Association of Business Communicators), 2016

MichBusiness One Person Wonder, Solo Entrepreneur Recognition, 2015

MarCom Gold Award & Honorable Mentions, 2012, Pro Bono PR campaigns, Marketing Booklet

MarCom Gold Awards, 2011, PR campaign, Marketing Strategy, Trade Show Materials, Brochure Design

MarCom Gold Award, 2010, Marketing Booklet

Special Mention Award, 2008 Signorello Scholarship, Greenbrier Food Writers Symposium

Submission Referee, Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 2008

Scholarship Recipient to study with Thomas Lux, Cranbrook Writers Retreat, 2000

Rockower Award, “The Scene,” 1998, best special section, American Jewish Press Association

Juror, Oakland Community College Womencenter poetry contest, 1996

Poet-in-residence, The Writers Voice of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, at various locations including the Detroit Public Library Wilder Branch, the Farmington YMCA and Camp Detroit, 1998-1999

Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.

Remembering My Grandma and Her Chicken Soup


Swimming: A Meditation


Make Meaning Podcast


Staying Close to my Son While Arguing About Israel




Waiting for My Father to Die


The Flavors of Faith: Holy Breads


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