photo credit: Anne Hamersky Photogrpher

I’ve written a lot of books and things. Some for love and some for money.

  • Author of eight books including the novel The Edge of Maybe
  • 18 years on the UC Berkeley Faculty
  • Private writing coach and developmental editor since 1992
  • Featured and reviewed widely on NPR, SF Chronicle, SF Weekly, ABC and NBC, and internationally
  • Actor, playwright, and solo performer

My Story

My original background was in the theater. I studied at the ACT Young Conservatory in San Francisco, and at the Lee Strasberg Studio in New York, and I acted in a lot of community theater.

In my twenties, I traveled widely. I was an active participant in the underground art scene in San Francisco in the 1980s; I worked on documentary films, exhibited thematic installations, and performed alone and with colleagues.

I earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University where I learned:

  • To create expansively, across disciplines.
  • How the arts cross-pollinate.
  • To trust the seasons and tides of creative flow.
  • That I need to work alone. Sometimes. AND that I do my strongest work when I have the support of colleagues and mentors.

At the age of 29, I began to focus on my writing.

I wrote and eventually began to get published: novels, short stories, personal essays, poetry, columns.

I held day jobs. I worked as a technical writer. I wrote seven commercial nonfiction books. I wrote articles, book reviews, and online content.

In 1992 I also began editing, coaching, and consulting with other writers and organizations.

In 1999 I joined the faculty at U.C. Berkeley, teaching Leadership Communication, writing, public speaking, and cross-cultural communications.

In 2007, I returned to my theater roots to write and perform one-woman shows with W. Kamau Bell and Martha Rynberg?s Solo Performance Workshop (SPW).

  • I learned how solo performance is best created in collaborative settings.
  • I realized again how, as writers, we have this societal assumption that writing is best done alone, in a garret, while suffering, and how punitive this approach is.

photo credti: David Allen Photography

“With each turn of phrase, Lutz took us into the kind of fears about a marriage that few ever talk about…”  SF Weekly

In 2012, my novel The Edge of Maybe was published by Last Light Studio Press in Boston.


photo credit: Luan Stauss

“Lutz’s delightful family drama skewers all that we enlightened Bay Area folk hold dear, from organic food and green tea to yoga and husbands who cook risotto.”
– Regan McMahon – SF Chronicle Sunday Books

Later in 2012, I bought an old quirky house, deep in the forest in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

It’s known as the Secret Undisclosed Location.

For a few years, I commuted across the state twice a week, from my home in Oakland to the Secret Undisclosed Location and back until, at the end of 2016, I retired from U.C. Berkeley to live full time in the forest where I raise chickens, host the podcast Licking the Bowl, write … and BOOK MENTOR.

{ Book Mentor = Editor. Coach. Butt-kicker. Companion. }

Join me.

I offer one-on-one book labs for authors + (in non-pandemic times) I host writing retreats in exciting locations.

Get your book done.


photo by: Anne Hamersky Photography

My Vision is to tap deeply into my own story, to continue to write, perform, and live my life as Reverent Art in a dark time, and to model this to others; in revolution, in resistance, and in love.


My Mission is providing mentoring services to experienced writers, honoring their voices, passions, and skills. I bring a discerning eye, an attentive ear, an open heart, an honest voice, a sharp and strategizing brain, and 25 years of editorial and consulting experience to help writers navigate their way – joyfully and successfully – through their writing projects and artist’s life.



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