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Suzette Martinez Standring, Speaker
Workshop Presentations

Objects, like this hermit crab shell, can spark great memories. Let’s write them down! workshops speaker

Suzette holding a hermit crab shell on a beach walking distance from our writing retreat.

A 2019 Cape Cod Writing Retreat

Let's spend a creative afternoon on Cape Cod with kindred spirits. Be part of an always-sold-out summer day writing with Suzette.  It's like nothing else! Experience hypnotic/meditation exercises to deepen the writing experience and to mine memories for gems that will enliven your stories.  9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Location:  Suzette's house in East Falmouth. Light breakfast and full lunch included.  Traffic is way better in September, and there's time to explore Cape Cod after the session. $130.00 Class size limited to ten writers max.  Next date: Saturday, September 7, 2019.  If you are interested, email:

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Hypnotic Recall Creates Spellbinding Stories

This is Suzette's most popular workshop.  Suzette will lead attendees in a safe, hypnosis/meditation exercise that will help writers mine a memory for five-sensory details, emotional resonance, and a universal lesson, all the winning components of memorable writing. A relaxed mind is the most creative tool. Suzette was certified in hypnotherapy in 1990, and uses meditation exercises to enhance her own writing process. A relaxed mind will help writers to create vivid stories that will bring their readers into a scene to share the writer's experience.  Why?  Because if you feel it, you can convey it. 

The Art of Column Writing

All columnists and bloggers, whether one writes about lifestyle, humor, religion, politics, travel, family or more, share this in common: to persuade and engage the reader. Discover how Pulitzer Prize and other award winning writers use facts, emotional resonance, and five-sensory zest to make their writing stand out. Suzette does a powerpoint presentation based on her award winning book, The Art of Column Writing.  Attendees will take away the basics of column writing as well as uncommon strategies used by columnists with career longevity. 

The Art of Opinion Writing

“I never thought of it that way.” It's what you want a reader to say! A well crafted opinion may change a reader’s mind.  The extraordinary writers among us have sparked a national dialogue or have even transformed society. Opinion writers who have won the Pulitzer Prize and journalism’s highest awards have done so by pioneering new frontiers with vivid storytelling, originality, and being very, very brave. Apply their hard-won strategies to make your own work memorable in a reader’s mind. Discover ways to make your viewpoint persuasive.  This workshop is based on The Art of Opinion Writing, which is used in national journalism schools, and won First Place in the 2015 New England Book Festival.

Write A Memory as a Gift…Or For Publication

For those who love to write, it always starts with a memory. Everyone has, at least, one – a childhood experience, a transformative moment, a memorable person, or maybe something the dog once did. Write a 500-700 memory as a unique gift to loved ones that will be cherished for years. A well-written personal experience could lead to publication. Suzette served as the writing consultant for We Remember When, a 2011 memoir compilation, written by the residents of the Fuller Village Senior Residences in Milton, MA.  Suzette's job was to inspire and guide novice writers to pen their memories, and the publication proved to be a sold-out success.

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 Speaking and 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