I’m dedicated to helping writers put their good words into the world.
– Suzanne Sherman
I’m an author, editor, and veteran publishing professional, with more than thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. My clients have published with Chronicle Books, Wiley & Sons, Ten Speed Press, and a number of others. I have also helped authors successfully self-publish.
Some of my memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they consider me an invaluable guide.
I graduated with a degree in creative writing from UC Santa Cruz in 1982 and began my publishing career as a magazine editor at Women’s Sports & Fitness. Following that I was an associate editor at Ortho Books and a regular freelance editor for Ten Speed Press, Chronicle Books, and other Bay Area publishers before starting my own editing business in 1995. I am the author of two books, Lesbian and Gay Marriage: Private Commitments, Public Ceremonies (published by Temple University Press), and Girlhood in America: Personal Stories 1910 – 2010).
I believe in the power of the personal and enjoy helping transform the story of experience from truth to art. I know that well-written memoir can be a great teacher. I have spoken on memoir at the California Writer’s Club, Story Circle Network Conference, and the National Memoir Writers Association and I was an editorial consultant for three years at the San Francisco Writers Conference.
As a memoir teacher, I have worked with hundreds of people and assisted with thousands of short memoirs. I have taught weekend intensives and online classes at several universities and I taught memoir year-round at Santa Rosa Junior College. Currently, I offer a weekly memoir workshop on Zoom as well as a webinar series that addresses issues of self-exposure and the exposure of others and provides methods for what I call “writing the tough stuff.”
I live in Sonoma County, where I write, study piano, take lizards away from my orange tabby cat Sunshine, and work with writers from around the country and around the world from the beauty of my countryside office.