Sarah Lin Wilson

Sarah Wilson is an experienced writer, journalist and poet from Nelson, New Zealand.



About me

I am happier behind the camera. I write about politics, health, science and social issues. 

I've been published in New Zealand Geographic, at The Wireless and The Spinoff, by Folks, and by Sport magazine. 

Read my resume. 


State of Mind

Over ten months in 2017 and 2018, I worked on a Special Report for NZ Geographic about mental illness in New Zealand, looking at world-leading research into what causes it, to diagnosis, to the many unseen treatments and services. 

Read on the New Zealand Geographic website.

Mica Still has multiple chronic illnesses, from endometriosis to Sjorgen’s Syndrome. That’s why when she’s well she paints as big as she can.
— Sarah Lin Wilson for Folks, 9 January 2018

The Frog Inside Her Chest

Rose Young makes tiny sculptures of food. It’s the kind of work that requires intense attention to detail... all while a congenital heart defect wreaks havoc in her chest.
— Sarah Lin Wilson for Folks, 2 November 2017

The 15 Year Long Headache

Joshua May has woken up with a headache every single day for the last 15 years, but he’s still not going to let life pass him by.
— Sarah Lin Wilson for Folks, 12 September 2017



Folks helps tell the stories of people who refuse to be defined by their health.



My blog houses my opinion writing on politics, health, feminism and social issues. 



My Patrons help fund my writing and play an important role in my work. 


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A brief history

I studied communications, expressive arts and journalism at Massey University and graduated with a Bachelor of Communications.

After a small stint as a newspaper reporter, I sold out to the world of government communications, and worked in that field for several years. I then did a stint in corporate comms and public relations. 

Some of this work was for charities and I volunteered my skills to the Nelson Women's Centre, eventually sitting on their Governance Group. 

When I became ill with autoimmune arthritis, I started writing about issues relating to politics and health, and representation of marginalised groups. I hosted a column in the Nelson Mail as well as writing for myself at

I have a particular passion for social issues, health, and science writing and am lucky to be able to work in these areas. 

Now I work as a freelance journalist and wordsmith for hire.



University Entrance, NCEA L3
Nelson College for Girls


Bachelor of Communications
Massey University