Three Workshops for November

I can’t believe it’s almost November which means I’m about to teach the final workshops of the year.

If you’re thinking about writing a romance novel or just want to refresher course then this class if for you. A two week, how to write a romance novel offered through the Outreach Chapter of RWA.

Maybe you’d like to finish off the year with some new synopsis writing skills, if so then my Synopsis Boot Camp is perfect for you. It’s a two week course offered through Low Country Romance Writers

And finally if you’re thinking about becoming a short story writer in 2018 then learn the tricks of the trade with this month long workshop offered through Yosemite Romance writers-

Hope to ‘see’ you in class.

A big thank you to all the chapters who have offered my classes this year and to all the wonderful students who have taken them. A virtual hug to you all and can’t wait to ‘see’ you again in 2018.

Want to Self Publish or Taking the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Are you thinking about self publishing your book but not sure where to start or even if it’s for you?

Or are you taking this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge and want to get in tip top writing shape before November 1st rolls around?

I’m teaching a workshop on each topic and they both start on October 1st.

Here are the links if you’d like more info or want to register-

Online Workshops

Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo

News From Susan

I thought it was about time I posted something on the site and it’s going to be a little of this and a little of that.

Coaching and Mentoring Service
First piece of business, my coaching and mentoring service is now up and running. If you’re struggling to get started on writing a novel or have one that keeps getting rejected, I’d love to help you get back on track. I offer critiques on synopsis, partial and full manuscripts, even short stories and articles if you’re a non-fiction writer. I also offer one on one coaching and mentoring via Skype or e-mail. You can reach me at

I also have a newsletter that you can sign up for on the landing page of the site. Each month you’ll find tips on writing, my teaching schedule, and discounts/specials for my critiquing service.

New Gig
I have a new gig over at Coffeetime Romance. It’s called The Writer’s Room and on the first Friday of each month I’ll be posting an article about some aspect of writing.

Not really writing related but I created two new classes over at Skillshare. One focuses on public relations…many of you know I worked in PR and was publicist before I became a writer.
The other class of focuses on time management and productivity.
Here are links to both of them…and I will be creating more writing classes there very soon!

Great Site for Authors
Many years ago I had the pleasure of interviewing mystery/suspense author Hank Phillippi Ryan and I love receiving her newsletter with all her latest news. I was happy to see she and some other authors have created a site with lots of great information for authors so be sure to check it out-

And finally…
One of my students is part of a critique group which is for published women writers and they’re currently looking for new members so if you’re published and been looking to get some feedback on your work, check out this link and contact Joyce.

Happy writing.

September Workshops and A New Gig

Summer’s slowing winding down and before you know it NaNoWriMo will be here. If you’re thinking of taking part and want to get some ideas about how to meet your goals then check out my Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo class at the Outreach Chapter of RWA.

Thinking about writing a short story? I’m also teaching a class for Outreach on that topic.
Here’s link if you want to know more or would like to sign up.

Online Workshops

And for all you aspiring writers and maybe a few more established authors who need a gentle nudge to get more productive, beginning this Friday and then every first Friday of every month, step inside the Writer’s Room over at Coffeetime Romance. I’ll be writing a post about something writing related, tips, hints, you name it. This week’s focus… getting your writing schedule on course.

I’m in the process of setting up a monthly newsletter filled with writing tips and news so stay tuned for details about how you can sign up to receive it.

I’ve Written a Manuscript Now What?

Ready to get published

Have you just finished a manuscript but not sure if it’s ready for the eyes of an editor or agent?
Do you have a feeling something’s not working with dialogue or POV?

I’m teaching a workshop for the Outreach Chapter of RWA that addresses those topics and a whole lot more. It runs from April 1st through the 30th and I’d love to ‘see’ you in class so your manuscript can be in tip top shape ready to submit.

Here’s the link if you’d like more information or want to register.

Online Workshops

Come Join a March Writing Workshop

Come Join a March Writing Workshop

Only eight more days left in February which means March workshops are around the corner.
I’m teaching two next month.

The first one is for the Outreach Chapter of RWA and begins on March 1st and focuses on Writing the Continuing Series and/or Trilogy, here’s a link if you’d like more information or you want to register-

The second one begins on March 6th and is for the Low Country Chapter of RWA and its focus in crafting a short story, here’s a link if you want to register or need more info

I’d love to ‘see’ you in one or both of these classes and feel free to share this information and links with anyone who might be interested in these workshops.

New Year, New Workshops

Ready to get published

2017 is just around the corner and that means workshop time again. I have a full schedule of teaching and things kick off on Tuesday January 3rd with You’ve Written A Manuscript, Now What?

If you’ve finished writing a book but not sure if it needs some more work or if you just want to give it a final polish, then this workshop is for you. It’s eight lessons which offer you a series of checklists to use to evaluate your book to make it stronger and better.

As well as the lessons, and like all my other workshops taught through Romance Writers of America, you’ll be able to interact with me and your fellow students. I’ll be there to answer questions and help you with any issues you’re having with your story.

This one is offered through the Low Country Chapter and I hope to see you in class.

Here’s the information if you want to sign up-

2017 Online Courses

Here’s wishing everyone a happy and productive 2017.

I’m Teaching at SkillShare

Old vintage typewriter, close-up.

Many of you know that I’ve been teaching and tutoring for the last eight years and recently I joined another new teaching platform over at SkillShare.

So far I’ve added two classes, How to Write a Novel in 30 Days and Writing a Synopsis. I’ll be adding more in the coming weeks.

For those of you unfamiliar with SkillShare, the majority of classes are under 30 minutes, some are free where anyone can participate while others (like mine) require you to have a premium membership which is $96 per year and once you have that you can take as many classes are you like.

They also have a trial membership which is 99 cents for three months. And if you have a skill to share, it’s also a great platform to offer your own classes too.

Here are links to both of my classes and I’ll update this once I get new classes added-