How to Write a Successful Memoir

Successful memoirs are much more than a collection of events with hundreds of hours of effort poured into the writing of them. They are more than a good story propelled by great ambition. What does it take to write a good memoir, or even a bestselling memoir? Do you have to be a seasoned, professional writer to do it? No, but you need to become one, and part of the way to do that is to learn the essentials of successful memoir and put them into practice.

I give you the essentials and a chance to practice them in my info-packed memoir webinar series.  If you’d like to be notified of when I launch this class and receive advance notice as this class will fill up fast.  Sign up here.



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I can’t imagine a class with the kind of knowledegable and sensitive guidance I have with Suzanne, and I’ve studied with her for many years. I am often god-smacked by her insight. She expertly guided me while I wrote Among the Silent Giants, which won honorable mention at the 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival along with other awards. —Sharon Porter Moxley, Student/Author

Suzanne is incredibly bright and talented with an academic yet sensitive approach that leaves her students well-grounded in the genre. —Frances Caballo, Social Media Strategist/Author

I joined Suzanne’s memoir class with little experience and much excitement. She taught me the basics of the craft and took the time to focus on the essence of my stories while giving me feedback honestly and tactfully. I have gained confidence in my writing and improved.—Laurie Jacobvitz, Student



About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman has been a publishing professional in various capacities since 1983 and has specialized in memoir for over 20 years. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, Monkfish Publishing, Freethought Press, and more. With her guidance, clients who preferred a small print run of their books to distribute as they liked have used a printer, many have successfully self-published, and several have put their books into the market with the help of a hybrid publisher. READ MORE »

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