Sarah Lin Wilson

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


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
After chronic illness caused him to spiral into depression, JD Ward is studying to help people like him from falling between the system’s cracks.
— Sarah Lin Wilson for Folks, 1 December 2017

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

Folks Magazine

"Folks is dedicated to telling the stories of remarkable people who refuse to be defined by their health issues."




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




My Patrons help fund my writing and also receive special acknowledgements and unique Patron-only content.



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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.

It gets worse! I moved into corporate communications and PR, mostly doing media management for small businesses. 

I somewhat redeemed myself by also doing PR for charities and I volunteered my communications 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 disability. I hosted an opinion column in the Nelson Mail as well as writing for myself at

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



University Entrance, NCEA L3
Nelson College for Girls


Bachelor of Communications
Massey University