writer, teacher, mentor, manuscript assessor

Lynn Jenner

Certain historical figures and objects seem to emit pink light. This can take the form of a soft glow with no discernible moment of beginning. It can also be loud and vulgar, accompanied by fairground music, like a pinball machine.

Words From Lynn

I am a writer, teacher, and researcher. I write poetry, creative non-fiction, essays and memoir and I have a particular interest in writing which crosses genre boundaries. I have taught writing papers in tertiary situations and I teach short courses for community groups. I also offer mentoring and manuscript assessment services for individual writers. I have a background in Education and Evaluation, which means I am interested in how exactly people learn the complex art of writing. In 2020 I moved from the Kāpiti coast to live in the country, just outside Kerikeri in Northland.

Services For Writers


Mentoring starts with a free half hour discussion with Lynn about your writing project, what you want to work on and how you want to do this.

Writing Services

In our minds, on good days, writers have a picture of what we hope a writing project will become. But sometimes it is hard to see a finished shape amongst all the words.

Manuscript Assessment

 A Manuscript Assessment begins with a free half hour discussion with Lynn about your goals, your views of the manuscript as it stands and the focus for the  assessment.


It’s a big step to show your writing to a reader and ask for their feedback. I understand how that feels because I do that with my own writing. You can rely on me to be supportive of your project, whatever it is. You can also rely on me to be honest in my feedback.

Most recently, Lynn did a manuscript assessment for my memoir, Do you still have time for chaos? Her suggestions and observations were excellent, and the memoir is better for her input…

She brings a very insightful writerly eye to the task.

Lynn is interested in the work of others. This is precious.

Lynn Davidson

Manuscript Assessment

I approached Lynn with the question: what would it take to make this collection marketable? Or, looking at it from the other direction: what is it about this collection that pushes readers away? … Her report was straight to the point and articulate, yet empathic and thoughtful at the same time. It was just what I needed to hear. She also offered excellent advice and a way forward…

Jac Jenkins

Writing Services, Manuscript Review

Books by Lynn Jenner