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Millner, Lyn (MFA)

Department of Communication & Philosophy
Office: RH 0109
Phone: 239-590-7257

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Florida International University: M.F.A., Creative Writing – Nonfiction.


Narrative journalism, audio journalism, news literacy, editing, grammar, and environmental journalism.

Research and Teaching Interests

Lyn is an author whose research interests include cult science, journalism history, female hysteria, and the history of women's basketball.

Courses Offered

News Literacy (MMC 2604)
Writing for a Mass Audience (MMC 3104)
News Reporting and Writing (MMC 3125)
Journalistic Writing (JOU 2100)
News Editing (JOU 3201)
Grammar (MMC 3020)
Senior Capstone (JOU 4950)
Journalism Internship (JOU 4940)
Special Topics: Mobile Journalism (JOU 4930)
Special Topics: Telling Stories with Sound (JOU 4930)


Book: "The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet," University Press of Florida, 2015.

Grants & Awards

  • Wall Street Journal's Five Best Books About Cults
  • Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists, McCormick Foundation $42,500.
  • Daniel and Janet K. Warner Journalism Endowed Fund, Dan and Janet Warner $22,000.

Lyn Millner founded FGCU’s journalism program. Her radio stories have been broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition,” and on American Public Media's “Marketplace” and “Weekend America.” Her essays and stories have been published in The Oxford American, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, USA Today, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and numerous regional magazines.