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Discover how Pulitzer Prize winning columnists convey a powerful message or opinion in 500 words or less. Discover the insider secrets to writing different types of columns - humor, opinion, lifestyle, fashion, religion, investigative, and more. The skills apply to all genres of writing.


Suzette speaks at national conferences and universities on a variety of writing topics, and gets high marks from attendees for her animated and engaging style. (She is an award winning member of Toastmasters.) Find out what she can do for your group.


Take a moment and be entertained on my Blog. I’m a syndicated spirituality columnist with GateHouse Media. I’ve also published humor, opinion, and lifestyle columns with The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, Humor Outcasts, and others.

Suzette’s 2015 Calendar Appearances & Workshops

Suzette-NSNC Speaker

I'm doing it again!  Saturday, August 22, 2015
Escape to the Cape Writing Workshop II
Using Hypnotic Recall to Create Spellbinding Stories
East Falmouth, MA (address to be given to registrants)
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Limited to 8 Attendees; $95.00
Lunch included
Suzette will lead attendees on a safe meditation to mine a memory for vivid details and a lesson from that memory. Suzette was certified in hypnotherapy in 1990 and has used meditative recall to enhance her own writing work. The goal is to create stories, columns or essays with five-sensory zest and universal resonance. Enjoy a unique writing experience, a delicious lunch, and great camaraderie on the Cape hosted by Suzette Standring. The East Falmouth address will be given to registered attendees.

Thursday, Sept. 17: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA University)
370 Common Street, Suite 319
Dedham, MA 02026  
(NENPA registration link not yet live)
Create outstanding columns.  Different columnists - lifestyle, opinion, humor, religion, metro, or niche - share one thing in common: to persuade and engage the reader.  
Workshop Focus: Discover how award winning columnists streamline a 500-700 word message and make it pop with facts, emotional resonance, and sensory writing under deadline.  Useful idea generation, formats, and writing approaches will be shared as well as writing exercises.
Take-aways: Discover tools to sharpen your column writing identity, to create memorable commentary, and the strategies used by Pulitzer Prize winning columnists featured in the award winning books, The Art of Column Writing and The Art of Opinion Writing

Falmouth Community School
Fall Memoir Writing Class, 6 - 8 p.m.
Five-class course dates: 9-23, 9-30, 10-7 (two week break), 10-28, and 11-4
(Falmouth  Community registration link not yet live)

A transformative experience, an emotional encounter, or a quirky event becomes a lasting snapshot as captured through a writer's lens. Shining moments strung together create a compelling memoir.  Write them down. Memories are penned for different reasons, perhaps as a unique gift to family and friends, or as a written legacy, or for future publication. Where to start?  Syndicated columnist Suzette Martinez Standring served as consultant to the successful memoir project, “We Remember When,” by residents of Fuller Village Senior Residences in Milton. Exercises will focus on vivid storytelling and universal resonance to create stories that linger on the minds of readers for a long time.



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