LifeLines: Memoir Writing – Online

Ready to write for pleasure or publication?


You know your story, but do you know how to engage readers and keep them turning pages?

This online memoir writing class is for new and experienced writers who want to learn and practice the essentials of the craft.

You’ll learn to write vivid scenes to integrate with the narrative, practice writing good dialog, learn what’s needed to show believable characters, discover how to best shape a story, find out how to use sensory detail to an advantage, and much more. Revision strengthens writing. You’ll find out how to make the most of it.

Feedback on writings is another important part of the workshop. Every week three readers get thirty minutes each to share a new or a revised piece of up to 2,000 words and get helpful feedback on what’s working, what may be unclear, and what could be strengthened. Over the eight weeks everyone has a chance to get feedback on four pieces. Optional at-home writing exercises and writing topics are given on request.

Class size is limited to eight.

I’ve taught memoir since the mid-1990s, at colleges and universities, in weekend intensive workshops, and online. I’m dedicated to helping other writers get their good words onto the page and into the world!

The class meets in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a good internet connection and a computer with a built-in camera.
$350 | 8 weeks
Summer 2023
June 5 – July 24


Students have said…

Suzanne is a gifted writer who knows the art of memoir. With her insights and knowledge and the help of supportive classmates I have found my voice and confidence. The feedback from everyone is a testament for the value of this workshop. Suzanne creates a safe space to express one’s truth through writing.  I never imagined publishing but now it is a reachable dream.  A piece I developed in Suzanne’s class was published in The Sun Magazine. — Dan Munz

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

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

I appreciate Suzanne’s ability to encourage deeper self-reflection in a safe and supportive environment. I am forever grateful to her. — Paula Girolo