Some people call me a book midwife.
Other people are just glad they called me.

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Writing Coach

I help authors develop memoirs and other nonfiction.

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1:1 Services

Get a professional review of your manuscript, finished or in progress. Ready to publish? Determine your best publishing options. Proposals and query letters written or reviewed.

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online memoir classes

Memoir Workshop

Improve your writing skills and get a collection of life stories or a memoir written in this Zoom workshop, with weekly craft lessons and helpful feedback on writings.

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15-Minute Consultation

Wondering where to begin? A 15-minute consultation can save you hours.

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Client Testimonials


What a wordsmith extraordinaire! Suzanne took my idea for a book and expertly wrote a proposal that sold. She helped me articulate the book’s essence. Anyone who needs an excellent editor, assisting writer, or proposal writer, Suzanne is a gem.

Robin Fisher Roffer, Founder & CEO Big Fish Marketing

The Fearless Fish Out of Water:  How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You (Wiley)


Working with Suzanne has been tremendously helpful. Her careful review of my proposed outlines, my drafts of chapters and suggestions for development of them along with her requests for clarification have been great. She’s friendly and knowledgeable, with helpful creative ideas. She knows the publishing business and her writing skills are impressive.

Roseanne Chambers, Ph.D., Geologist, Geographer

The Monumental Andes (publishing Fall 2024)


Suzanne is my mentor, teacher, coach, and editor. Since coming to her memoir class eight years ago I have published in Imitation Fruit Literary Journal. Four other stories Suzanne helped me develop were published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. With her help, I’m now completing a book of cat rescue stories. And to think it started with one class!

Terilynn Mitchell

Writer, Veterinary Technician

Recent Articles

Perception Is Real

As you reflect on and write some of the stories from your life, remember, you are writing the truth as you know it.

The Creative Challenge

As a child, learning to whistle thrilled me. I could make music with my mouth! (Getting sent out of the classroom because I had shown kids in class, however, was less thrilling.) But something else I learned, and something I never could have expected to interest me at all, happened

How to [Actually] Say What You Mean

Conversational language and the written word are quite different. In writing, useless modifiers clutter. They show up unnoticed, ready to take up space and dilute what could be strong and vivid. Here are some easy tips to help you trim clutter from your writing and re-word where needed.



Personal Stories 1910 – 2010

Girlhood in America showcases life in every decade of 100 years with over fifty stories by women and girls about life under age thirteen. It’s entertaining. It’s eye-opening. It’s filled with fun facts about inventions and developments, as events and culture shaped young lives like never before.

This is the juicy real-life stuff, from the times before telephones to the days when toys went digital. It’s girlhood across a century, a rare lens showing changes that affect our lives to this day.

There are collected stories about young girlhood from as far away as Maine and Molokai’i. In the 1910s, one girl entertained herself chasing horse-drawn fire engines in the streets of New York City. In the 1920s chapter you can read about the excitements and challenges for a young Russian Jewish immigrant in Indiana. In the 1960s in Little Rock, Arkansas there’s a piece by an African-American girl whose parents’ motto was “no one’s a stranger unless you make them a stranger.” Terri Ann is the daughter of an American GI and a Vietnamese mother born during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. In the 1990s and early 2000s girls have new ways of navigating the changing world as the digital age comes in.

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