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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 2016-17 Calendar Appearances & Workshops

April 8, 2017

New York Press Association (4/7-8/2017)
Putnam Resort and Conference Center
24 Gideon Putnam Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Conference Details
"Connecting with Readers" by Suzette Standring
April 8, 2017; 3:45 p.m.
Suzette Standring will share a powerpoint presentation of winning strategies used by Pulitzer Prize winning columnists to connect and to create a faithful readership. The spring conference of the New York Press Association is the largest newspaper training in the country.

June 8-11, 2017

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists
Annual Conference, Downtown Manchester Radisson Hotel
Manchester NH

Writers from all over the country converge to hear the best in our industry talk about the art and business of column writing and blogging.  I never miss this meeting as it is a chance to get inspired, educated and renewed in what is a very unique and personal form of journalism.  New this year:  a panel of literary agents will be scouting for talented new authors.
NSNC Conference Schedule

July 22, 2017 Cape Cod Writing Retreat with Suzette – Limited Space!

"Trance Dance on Paper" - Back by popular demand
Suzette's home on Cape Cod, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Limited to TEN, first come first served. Email Suzette directly: suzmar@comcast.net and details will follow.
Once again, I offer a private writing day retreat on Cape Cod (Falmouth).  On Saturday, July 22, 2017 I will lead the group in guided imagery exercises to deepen the creative writing process.  Hypnotic experiences will keep attendees safe, alert, and so relaxed that ideas, memories, and imagery can make one's writing authentic and vivid.  Writing is easy when relaxed (not as easy as it sounds in everyday life, right?) Light breakfast, healthy lunch, and afternoon snacks included along with time at the end of the day to explore seaside walks or play at a nearby beach.

Suzette-NSNC Speaker


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