Nancy Rawlinson has been working as a freelance editor and writing coach since 2003. Recent books that she has worked on include: Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2016); The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, Obsessions, and the World’s Most Coveted Fish by Emily Voigt (Scribner, 2016); The Mommy Group: Freaking Out, Finding Friends, and Surviving the Happiest Time of Our Lives by Elizabeth Isadora Gold (Atria, 2016); Immunity: How Elie Metchnikoff Changed the Course of Modern Medicine by Luba Vikhanski (Chicago Review Press, 2016); and Lover by Anna Raverat (Picador UK, 2016).
Nancy specializes in providing in-depth developmental feedback for authors of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir. Other books produced by clients or by graduates of her writing workshops include: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan (forthcoming, Houghton Mifflin, 2017); Hold Still: A Novel by Lynn Steger Strong (Liveright, 2016); Man v. Nature by Diane Cooke (Harper Perennial, 2015); Signs of Life by Anna Raverat (Pan MacMillan UK, 2012); Ten Minutes from Home: A Memoir by Beth Greenfield, (Crown, 2010); Flirting with Faith: My Spiritual Journey from Atheism to a Faith-Filled Life by Joan Ball (Howard Books, 2010); Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town by Elyssa East (Free Press, 2009); My River Chronicles: Rediscovering America on the Hudson by Jessica DuLong (Free Press, 2009); Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever by Joel Derfner (Crown, 2008); and A Bed of Nails by Ron Tanner (BkMk Press, 2006).
Nancy started her life as an editor and writer working for magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, The Sun, Time Out London, and Madison magazine. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. From 2006-2008 she was a nonfiction editor at Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics. She has been teaching creative writing workshops since 2006, first through Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop in Brooklyn and then independently. As a writer she has been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. She trained as a coach at the NLP Center of New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.