Memoir Writing Workshop – ON ZOOM

Get the skills you need to write memoir.

I have good news. You don’t have to be a seasoned writer to write a book or a collection of stories from life that you’ll feel good about sharing with people, but you do need to know the essentials of the craft.

And there’s nothing like a good, facilitated writing group to give you guidance and useful feedback on your work, whether you’re writing for pleasure or publication.

I provide the essentials and a chance to practice them in this 8-week online workshop.


In the comfort of our own homes, on Zoom (free videoconferencing). All you need is an internet connection and a computer.


Monday, 1:00 – 3:00 PST. 


The first half-hour is devoted to a writing craft topic I teach about, such as writing scenes to integrate with narration, showing characters, writing dialog. You’ll learn through a combination of methods: Handouts, discussions, published memoirs.

There are occasional related writing exercises where can practice what you’ve learned. The remaining 90 minutes of class are devoted to reading and offering feedback on approximately 4 student writings of up to 1,500 words. 

You can expect to share writings for feedback about 4 times over the 8 weeks. The writing can be a portion from a longer work, or a short memoir.

Each week you’ll be sent a writing prompt by email to spark fresh ideas for new writings. These writings can be shared for feedback or enjoyed on your own. 


Classes are a maximum of 10.

MONDAY 1 – 3 pm 
$300 | 8 weeks
Upcoming Classes
July 11 – August 29

September 12 – Nov 7 


Students have said…

Suzanne is a gifted and compassionate author who knows the art of writing memoir.  With her insights and knowledge and the help of supportive classmates I have found my voice and confidence.  Suzanne creates a safe space to express one’s truth through writing.  I never imagined publishing but now it seems a reachable dream.  — Dan Munz, Writer

Suzanne is my mentor, teacher, coach, and editor. I came to her class eight years ago with a story and subsequently published it 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 and Veterinary Technician

Over the past decade, Suzanne’s expert guidance has enabled me to develop my writing skills in an atmosphere of support and encouragement. With her invaluable suggestions, insight, and extensive knowledge of the craft of writing I have been inspired to complete and publish an award-winning book about my childhood growing up in the redwoods of Humboldt County. — Sharon Moxley,  Among the Silent Giants