Learn to Write Memoir

I have good news. You don’t need to be a seasoned writer to succeed at writing a memoir, you only have to learn the essentials of the craft and put them into practice.

I offer three types of memoir classes to satisfy a variety of needs. 

Online Self-Study with Optional Feedback

In a 12-week class I give you useful lessons about the craft of writing memoir and a chance to practice your craft as you create new material.

Memoir Workshops (Sebastopol, California)

I offer an 8-week memoir workshop where you can learn the essential aspects of successful memoir and receive helpful feedback as you share writing in progress. The Saturday workshop meets for 3 hours in alternate months and focuses on specific topics.

1-Hour Memoir Teleclass

In “How to Navigate the Emotional Territory of Memoir” I address one of the memoirist’s toughest subjects: How to write (and survive!) the emotionally challenging material that has an essential place in your memoir but for any number of reasons can deter you from the writing of it.


Build the writing skills you need.
Become the best writer you can be.

I can’t imagine a writing class without the kind of knowledgable and sensitive guidance I have with Suzanne. I am often god-smacked by her insight.—Sharon Porter Moxley, Student/Author

Suzanne is incredibly bright and talented with an academic yet sensitive approach. —Frances Caballo, Social Media Strategist/Author

Suzanne taught me the basics of the craft and focused on the essence of my stories while giving me feedback honestly and tactfully. I have gained confidence in my writing and improved.—Laurie Jacobvitz, Student


About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman is a veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and a number of smaller publishers. She has also helped many authors successfully self-publish. Some of Suzanne’s memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they call her an invaluable guide.


Start Writing Right!

These 7 easy-to-follow essentials can get you started right or help you fine-tune your writing in progress. It’s a short, info-packed resource to help you improve on a good idea and give you the tools to build your exceptional story.