Phoenix Writers Network
Due to an increase in my travel and conference schedule I have put my classes on hold for now. Please check back from time to time as I will return :)
I am always available for personal consult and coaching.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Intro to Memoir/Fiction
Memoir and fiction share the same story elements. Truth or fiction, your story must employ basic narrative technique. In this six-week course, you will learn how to focus your stories and tell them in a compelling way.
This class is for the serious beginner. I will employ both direct instruction, workshopping, and the study of famous short stories for an interactive and enjoyable experience.
Week One: Understanding the Difference between Memoir and Fiction
Week Two: Character
Week Three: Setting, Description, Theme
Week Four: Dialogue
Week Five: Scene, Summary, Exposition
Week Six: Putting It All Together: The Road to Publishing
This is an intermediate class that will present the basic principles of scene.
It will develop your ability to write strong scenes in any genre.
Session One: Story Structure, Scene vs Narrative Summary
Sessions Two: Developing Dynamic Scenes
Week Three: Workshop
Character and Setting
This class that will develop your ability to create compelling characters and use setting effectively. It will be a mixture of direct instruction, workshopping and the study of famous short stories for an interactive and enjoyable experience.
Weeks One and Two: Bringing Characters to life
Weeks Three and Four: Setting as the Backbone of Your Story
Week Five: Relationship between Character and Setting
Week Six: Creating Emotion, Conflict and Tension
Exercises in Dialogue
This class will take a close look at techniques for crafting effective dialogue. It will be a mixture of direct instruction, workshop exercises and the study of famous short stories for an interactive and enjoyable experience.
I am happy to work with you in a private coaching environment. Please contact me for details!
Testimonials for Susan:
“Susan masterfully presents writing technique. I loved her class.” ~Meg Smeck
"I loved taking Susan's class -- it's great for all types of writers, whether you're starting out or you just need to refresh your writing soul! It was wonderful to meet like-minded writing women and to feel the energy of people who love to share their stories. I wish she held this class weekly because I would definitely be there all the time -- Thank you for re-energizing me Susan, I got my writing mojo back!" ~Stephanie Elliot
"Susan Pohlman's "Scene Study Class" was informative and instructional. She walked the class through the elements of scene writing as she exposed us to excellent pieces of short story fiction. Her teaching style is direct and positive. I look forward to taking many more classes with her." ~Marie Derminio
"This was my first writing class. As a novice, I was concerned about others in the class being more knowledgeable and I might feel out of place. Those concerns quickly disappeared as I felt embraced by the warmth of Susan's smile and the camaraderie she created. Her teaching style is just as warm. She has the ability to deliver a large amount of information in a clear, concise and fun way. The exercises dump you into the deep end of the pool without fear of drowning and you soon realize you are not just swimming but making progress. Give yourself a gift and take this class. I am so glad I did."
“Susan teaches with passion and humor. Great for writers at any level.” ~Mary McDermott Slawsby
“For anyone interested in opening the door to that writer that lives in us all, I highly recommend Susan Pohlman's writing classes. The weekly topics and organizational breakdown of memoir writing techniques, from getting started to getting published, were easy to understand. Sue's encouraging words and positive outlook on life motivated everyone in the class.” ~Pricilla Bertling
"Susan's classes taught me to identify and analyze story elements and scenes. I now understand how to write an effective scene and how to improve the scenes I've previously written. I am in control of my storytelling in a new and wonderful way and have the tools and confidence to write the next draft of my novel." ~Windy Lynn Harris
"As a person who has worked in the administration of training for over 20 years, I want to say that Susan is a great trainer. She knows her audience, has great pacing, effective balance of formal to informal with ease, respectful and delightfully human. Susan is very relatable and authentic as well as knowledgeable..." ~ Mary O., IL
"Susan has a way of blending inspiration and spirituality with the technical aspects of writing to help evoke the emotion our readers crave. The curriculum and coaching has pushed me to take honing my craft much more seriously." Suzy D., NJ
"Susan presents both craft knowledge and creative skills training in her curriculum. I left understanding my own voice and appreciating the work of others." WH., AZ
"Susan is a wealth of information and really cares about her students." Julie O., IA