How to Write a Successful Memoir

Suzanne-Sherman-Book-Consultant-Proposal-WriterSuccessful memoirs are much more than a collection of events with hundreds of hours of effort poured into the writing of them. They are more than a good story propelled by great ambition. What does it take to write a good memoir, or even a bestselling memoir? Do you have to be a seasoned, professional writer to do it? No, but you need to become one, and part of the way to do that is to learn the essentials of successful memoir and put them into practice.

I give you the essentials and a chance to practice them in my info-packed memoir webinar series, which launches in fall 2016. Sign up for my newsletter and get the latest as the series rolls out.



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Suzanne is a knowledgeable and sensitive instructor and writer. She expertly guided me while I wrote Among the Silent Giants, which was published in 2012 thanks to Suzanne’s quality coaching. It has won honorable mention at the 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival and other awards.—Sharon Porter Moxley, Author

With Suzanne, writers can soar. Writing memoir takes time, trust and making it through repeated challenges. It is very therapeutic, and Suzanne can track the mysteries of the emotional landscape with tenderness and understanding.—Caroline Muir, Author

Suzanne is incredibly bright and talented. She has an academic yet sensitive approach that leaves her students well-grounded in the genre.—Frances Caballo, Social Media Strategist/Author

I came to Suzanne’s memoir class with very little experience and much excitement.  She trained me in the basics of the craft and took the time to focus on the essence of my writing while giving me feedback honestly and tactfully. Because of her encouragement, I gained confidence in my writing and improved.—Laurie Jacobvitz


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