About Suzette


Suzette Martinez Standring

Suzette summed up in 82 words:

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING is a nationally syndicated columnist with GateHouse Media. Her two award winning books, The Art of Opinion Writing: Insider Secrets from Top Op-Ed Columnists (2014) and The Art of Column Writing (2008) are used in journalism courses such as Johns Hopkins University. Suzette is a past president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the host of Its All Write With Suzette, a cable TV show about writing. Visit www.readsuzette.com or email suzmar@comcast.net

But if you want to linger longer…

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING was born and raised in San Francisco. In 1996 she relocated to the East Coast - Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts - and her writing life began.

Suzette with daughter Star, and granddaughters Lulu and Bella

Suzette with daughter Star, and granddaughters Lulu and Bella

Serendipity! An adult ed. course in journalism led to a reporter’s job at The Hunterdon County Democrat (NJ). Suddenly, she was assigned to cover the County Board. (What? The county fair, maybe!)

Baptism by fire in the newsroom: write tight, be accurate, interview the unwilling, and write compelling copy under deadline. As an antidote to news, she penned a humor column that proved popular.

She moved to Massachusetts in 2000. For The Milton Times, The Patriot Ledger, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post, she wrote humor, opinion, and lifestyle columns and features. In 2007 she wrote a spirituality column for The Patriot Ledger. Its parent company GateHouse Media nationally syndicated her column. (God has a wicked sense of humor!)

To improve as columnist, she applied what she learned from award winning columnists she met through the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (www.columnists.com)

Why not write books that could help other columnists as well? The Art of Column Writing (2008) and The Art of Opinion Writing (2014) are published through RRP International. Both award winning guidebooks are used in national journalism courses, such as Johns Hopkins University. (Not bad for a gal who never went to college. )

Suzette has a talent and passion for teaching. The mechanics of writing are easy to learn or to fix, but you have to be born with the heart of a writer. Such folks, however uncertain, insecure, or shy, are her favorites!  Ask her (almost) anything! 

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Suzette with First Place in the New England Book Festival, 1/2015

 

 Awards

2017 - The Will Rogers Humanitarian Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists

2016 - Nominated for "National Woman of the Year" by the Milton Woman's Club.

2016 - "Toastmaster of the Year" by Toastmasters Quincy 675 Club

2015 - First Place, The Art of Opinion Writing, How-To Category, The New England Book Festival

2015 - Story Slam, Second Place, “Carjacking,” Milton Public Library

2015 - Toastmasters, First Place, Table Topics, Quincy (MA) Chapter 675, International Speech and Table Topics Contest

2015 - Toastmasters, Second Place, Table Topics, International Speech and Table Topics Contest, Area 64 Finals, Massachusetts.

2013 - First Place for On-Line, Blog, and Multimedia (under 100,000 monthly visitors), The National Society of Newspaper Columnists annual contest.

2010 - First Place, Unpublished Essay, “The Height of Power: Petite Women Speak of Stature,” The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Florida Writers Association

2008 - Honorable Mention, The Art of Column Writing, Writers-Editors Network

2008 - First Place, Education: The Art of Column Writing, Royal Palm Literary Awards, Florida Writers Association

2008 - Honorable Mention, The Art of Column Writing, Writing Category, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards

2002 - Milton (MA) Times, Best Columnist

1998 - Hunterdon County (NJ) Agriculture Award (for news coverage on the deer overpopulation problem while a reporter at The Hunterdon County Democrat)

1995 - President’s Award, Association of Defense Council for Northern California

 Speaking & Conference Presentations:

  • GateHouse Media, More Content Now
  • Grub Street, Inc. (Boston)
  • The National Society of Newspaper Columnists
  • The Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop
  • The Scholastic Press Association
  • Boston Private Industry Council
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Boston
  • The New England Newspaper and Press Association
  • Bath Path College Writers Day
  • The Cape Cod Writers Association
  • The Florida Writers Association
  • The Will Rogers Writers Workshop
  • Leading Age Conference
  • The Forbes House Museum
  • Boston University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northeastern University
  • DePaul University
  • UMass Worcester, Graduate School of Nursing
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Curry College
  • Quincy College
  • “The Hive” at Brown University
  • The Fuller Village Senior Residences (MA)
  • Unquity House Senior Residences (MA)
  • The Milton (MA) Public Library
  • The Newton (MA) Public Library
  • The Providence (RI) Public Library
  • Buttonwood Books (Cohasset, MA)
  • Eight Cousins Bookstore (Falmouth, MA)
  • Milton Adult Education
  • The Canton Catholic Women’s Club
  • The Milton Woman’s Club
  • Rotary Clubs

 Offices Held:

2014-15 - Finance Chair, Milton Woman’s Club
2014, 2015 - Co-chair, Downtown Abby Tea fundraiser, Milton Public Library
2013 - Co-chair, NSNC Conference, Hartford, CT.
2013 - Publicity, Milton Rotary Club
2007 - 2014 - Publicity Chair, Friends of the Milton Library
2004-2006 - President of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC)
2006 - Co-chair, NSNC Boston Conference
2000 - Chair, NSNC Conference, San Francisco
1985 - 1995 - Executive Director, The Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California