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First Name Margaret
Last Name Lynch
Member Since April 1, 2017
Email mmlynchwriter@gmail.com
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Branch Affiliation Toronto
Website www.mmlynchwriter.com
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Bio Margaret Lynch is a storyteller who writes about the humanity of people, places, and plights. She has been published in The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, literary journal untethered, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) blog and the Examined Life Journal. Her writing has also been broadcast on CBC Radio The Sunday Edition and viewed on CBC Radio This Happened To Me. She won the 2020 Penguin Random House Canada MFA Nonfiction Book Proposal Prize for her memoir TRANSFORMED: When My DNA Changed, So Did I, about how surviving an experimental bone marrow transplant transformed both her DNA and her life. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS and is a member of The Writers Union of Canada (TWUC), Canadian Authors Association (CAA), Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) and Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC). From 2020-2023 she was board chair and president of CNFC, leading the organization through a pivot to online events during the pandemic. As a grateful leukemia and transplant survivor, she fundraises, volunteers, and publicly supports the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, and Canadian Blood Services. Based in Toronto, she is happiest when she’s on her bike.
Publications February 2024: "Endangered," the Examined Life Journal (Volume 11); June 2020: "How my sister's cells attacked my body, and changed my life," National Post; April 2020: "Déjà in the time of COVID-19," Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) Blog; January 2020: "Witness," untethered Magazine (Issue 5.1); December 2019: "Skip the mall this Christmas. Your organ-donation consent is the best gift you can give," The Globe and Mail Opinion; October 2019, "How I Created My Writer Platform (Without Even Knowing It)," Guest Blog, Allyson Latta website; August 2019," A pilgrim’s journey," CBC Radio The Sunday Edition, re-broadcast nationally; June 2019, "After cancer the fear never leaves you, but she’s fighting back", The Toronto Star weekend feature; May 2019: "I found the answer on the famous Camino trail," CBC Radio This Happened to Me (video); February 2019: "A pilgrim’s journey," CBC Radio The Sunday Edition, original national broadcast.
Other Memberships The Writers' Union of Canada (TWUC); Canadian Nonfiction Collective Society; Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.
Awards 2022-2023: Canada Council for the Arts, Research and Creation Grant; September 2020: Toronto Arts Council (TAC) Writers Program, Individual Literary Grant; June 2020, Penguin Random House MFA Prize for Best Nonfiction Book Proposal (Winner)
Contests April 2017, “Pilgrim,” Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! Spring non-fiction contest (Honourable mention); June 2018, “Spit,” WOW! Women on Writing Q3 2018 Non-fiction essay contest (Honourable mention); June 2023, "Endangered," 2023 Honeybee Literature Prize, (Finalist); December 2023, "Spit," Federation of BC Writers 2023 Literary Contest (Long list).
Genres Biography & Memoir, Educational, Health, Nonfiction
Available For Readings, Presentations, Workshops, Book Club Meetings, Speaking Engagements
Services Offered Editing, Freelance Writing, Manuscript Reading & Consultation, Storytelling, Web Content