LifeLines: Online Memoir Writing Workshop

Are you ready to engage readers and keep them turning pages?

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

• Learn how to shape a story

• Write vivid scenes that integrate with narrative

• Practice writing engaging dialog

• Include what’s needed to show believable characters

• Use sensory detail to an advantage

• Learn how revision can strengthen writing

Feedback is another valuable part of this writing workshop. Three readers get thirty minutes each per week to share a new or a revised piece of up to 2,000 words for feedback on what’s working, what may be unclear, and what can be strengthened.

Everyone can get feedback on up to four pieces. Optional at-home writing exercises and writing topics are given on request.

Class size is limited to 10.

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

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
 Winter 2024
March 11 – April 29


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