Is this you?

You’re writing a book — or you want to write one — but you’re holding back out of fear of revealing yourself and others in it.

You feel exposed. You’re wondering…

  • How do you include details that are important to the story but is information you usually keep private?
  • Can you write about others without their consent?
  • Should you use the names of real people?
  • What should you do about revealing family secrets?
  • How will you deal with the emotional issues you know could surface when you go back into that time to get the details?

In this 50-minute talk you can get answers to these questions and more. You’ll also see how some successful memoir authors have done it.


Here are a few published memoirists you’ll learn from.

Roxane Gay wrote Hunger, a story that involves a traumatic, pivotal truth she’d kept secret until publication. Her family never knew that truth until she told it and made it public. Their bond grew deeper because of it. And her memoir was a best-seller.
In The Glass Castle, author Jeannette Walls wrote of growing up with two eccentric, dysfunctional parents. One of the most painful truths of her mother’s story—and her own—open the book (and the movie). Her book touched the hearts of millions.

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, included details some might question her including—she has children. Strayed says, “I’m open and vulnerable in the service of the work. I tell only what needs to be told for the work to reach its full potential.” And it did. Wild has sold 1.75 million copies, last count.

The Video: Exposure in Memoir — How to Write About Yourself & Others

In this recorded 50-minute talk I dive deep into the topics of self-exposure and the exposure of others and give you information to help you keep writing and stay on course. You’ll have continuing access to the video after purchase along with a helpful list of 10 tips to keep handy when you’re writing.

Some of what you’ll learn:

  • accepted methods for protecting the privacy of people you write about
  • how to determine what needs to be included
  • the legalities of slander and liable and how to avoid them
  • practices by published authors to overcome their privacy concerns

Get the Video and Discover What You Can Do

The 50-minute video “Exposure in Memoir: How to Write About Yourself & Others” is yours for only $60. You’ll also receive a BONUS handout: “10 Tips for Managing Exposure.”

Learn in the comfort of your home at the time of your choice — with continuing access.

‘Exposure in Memoir’ is such an important topic. We want to write our truth, yet if that truth hurts someone else, or ourselves, is it worth including? Suzanne’s webinar broke it down for me and gave me valuable tips on how to make those decisions in a thoughtful and sensitive way. I also appreciated the reminder that readers like relatability and how allowing ourselves and others in our stories to be vulnerable and ‘real’ helps allow that to happen.

Suzanne is a great speaker, relaxed, comfortable, and so knowledgeable with her topic. I took a lot of notes, jotting down many quotes like, “You are the editor of your life. You decide what to put in.”  And “Perceptions are never wrong. They are only different.” And “Writing isn’t about privacy. It’s about truth.”

Suzanne’s inspirational webinar gave me the tools I needed to continue writing. I am forever grateful to her.

— Paula Girolo

Suzanne’s webinar answered many of my questions about exposing the lives of other people in my memoir. The material really put my mind at ease. It’s amazing how much information she included and in such a concise and logical manner. I feel ready to write my story now, knowing how to protect myself and others.

— Susan Hagen

Suzanne brings her deep knowledge of the craft to encourage and inspire the writer in everyone. I came away newly energized and eager to apply what I learned.

— Mary Jane Elliot