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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.  Available on Amazon.


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 and a member of the National Speakers Association. Find out what she can do for your group. Email her at suzmar@comcast.net


Let's take a moment together. Since 2008 I write spirituality columns for The Patriot Ledger and was syndicated nationally through Gannett until 2021.  Since 2022, I now write The Bright Side column for The Patriot Ledger.


The Art of Opinion Writing won a First Place at the 2014 New England Book Festival, and both books are used in university journalism courses, such as Johns Hopkins University.


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Suzette’s 2023 Calendar Appearances, Workshops and Events

Writing about Grief, Loss and Healing

The School of American Thanatology
Death & Spirituality Writing (ZOOM - 7-class series)
Tuesdays, October 3 - November 14, 2023 (final assignment due 11/21/2023)
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME
The School of American Thanatology focuses on death, dying, grief and healing. Writing about loss is one of the best platforms to deepen writing with emotion and purpose. Each class uses writing prompts, guided imagery exercises, essays and journalling.  If you desire to comfort others through writing, or to write about your own grief, you will enjoy this class.
Course and registration details HERE

Opinion Writing – December 8

Youngstown University, OH
9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

Suzette will talk to university students about authenticity and the various aspects of opinion writing based on her book, The Art of Opinion Writing.

FREE Writing Zoom – Wednesdays & Sundays

Founded by Suzette in 2020 for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists
Come to our Wednesday and Sunday “NSNC Writing Space” where friends get together, write quietly and get our projects done! All are welcome.

Pacific Time:   7:00 a.m. to 9;00 a.m. (PDT)
Mountain Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (MT)
Central Time:  9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CT)
Eastern Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon (EDT)
Meeting ID: 964 7713 8466.       Passcode: 861637

Pacific Time:   1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PDT)
Mountain Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (MT)
Central Time:  3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Eastern Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
Meeting ID: 958 8989 6420.    Passcode: 940130

Toastmasters Meeting Invites All – Monday Nights

Suzette is the 2022 president of the Toastmasters Quincy 675 Club. If you want to improve your speaking ability for any reason calling for you to open your mouth in public, then you'll find warm support with us. Every Monday night, 7:15 - 9 p.m. EASTERN time. In-person meetings at Quincy College, Third Floor, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA. Walk-ins welcome. Also you can join by Zoom but you must contact the club to get the Zoom link.