About Linda Jones

lINDA CLOSEUPAfter an extensive journalism career, Linda Jones now uses her writing skills to help others refine theirs. She is also an advocate of writing as a practice to preserve life stories and to promote healing and self-care.

Linda calls herself a “writing doula” for the personal approach that she brings to her work. She has a solid background as journalist, instructor, editor and writing coach, but considers her relationship with clients as a writing companion and guide.

Linda has worked for a number of daily newspapers , including the Dallas Morning News, Detroit News and Sun-Sentinel (in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) as a features and general news reporter. She has done freelance work for The Daily Beast, People, Essence, Agence France Press, AOL News and a variety of print and online publications.

Linda was an adjunct instructor, tutor, and coach at North Texas colleges, learning and community centers and taught creative and developmental writing. She has written promotional material for performers and political candidates and advised them in media readiness. Linda has also freelanced for West Africa media and during the historic South African elections, she advised newsroom staff during a residency at a Johannesburg weekly.

Linda edits writing projects for students, artists and professionals, and conducts workshops for nonprofit community organizations and private clients. Her speaking topics include the health benefits of writing, grief recovery, Black culture, image and identity. She is author of It’s Only Temporary … Journal for Surviving Loved Ones, Family Scribes: Writing Memories for Your Family Tree! and Nappyisms: Affirmations for Nappy-headed People and Wannabes! An essay from her book was selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the African American Woman’s Soul.

Linda has received feature-writing awards from The Writer’s Block, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Association for Women Journalists, Florida Medical Association, Society for Features Journalism, NAACP and others.

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