Presentation Resume

I am an experienced workshop leader and podcast host and guest. I love talking about craft and coaching, as well as digging into book talk—about my own and other authors’ books. This page lists some of my recent appearances and workshops, as well as guest articles. To inquire about my availability as a presenter or workshop leader or for a guest article, please use the form at the button below.


I hosted my own podcast, It’s Just Historical, where I interviewed historical novelists including Stephanie Dray, Lauren Willig, and many others, and talked about craft and the publishing industry.

The TufFish Podcast, with Jennifer Milius

GSMC Book Review Podcast

Write Hearted, with Stuart Wakefield

History Bards

Authoring Onward


I have taught numerous workshops about writing craft, some based on my book coaching training with Author Accelerator, as well as workshops that leverage my experience as a multi-published author, for Writers In Progress and The Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.

Building a Solid Book Structure

Crafting Compelling Scenes 

Fine-tuning the Fundamentals

Focus on the Reader

The Inside Outline

Set Yourself Up for Revision Success

Pathways to Publication

Introduction to the Nonfiction Book Proposal

Introduction to Book Marketing

Spinning Your Gold: Finding a Story in Your Family History

Research Tips and Tricks for Historical Fiction

Book-related presentations

When I have a new book out, I prefer to host a gathering that is more than a reading, something that adds context to the book itself. To date I have done so for the following books:

Émilie’s Voice

How seventeenth-century opera led me into the court of Louis XIV

Liszt’s Kiss

The Chopin Study at the heart of the book

 Listen to the Wind

The women troubadours of thirteenth-century Languedoc and their role in the culture

The Paris Affair

The remarkable Chevalier de Saint Georges, Black violinist and revolutionary

The Portraitist

The art of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, pastellist and underdog

The Courtesan’s Daughter

New York City and the early film industry

Guest Articles and Posts

I frequently contribute guest articles to publications about writing craft, historical fiction, and miscellaneous topics to do with writing. Below are some recent ones.

Jane Friedman’s Blog:

Using ChatGPT for Research? Take Exceeding Care.

What Memoirists Can Learn from Historical Novelists


Why the Underdog? Or How I Came to Write About Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Historical Novels Review:

Allure of the Artist: the Fascination with Creative Artists in Historical Fiction

The Write Practice:

How to Research a Historical Novel: Escape the Research Rabbit Hole

Book Club Babble:

Why I Don’t Mind the Gaps

Susanne Dunlap is an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach specializing in coaching historical and dual-timeline fiction. Susanne works with writers of all experience and skill levels, helping them conceive, draft, and revise a manuscript they can be proud of, however they plan to get it into readers’ hands.

In addition to her work as a book coach, Susanne is the award-winning author of more than a dozen historical novels for adults and teens. Her most recent novel, The Courtesan’s Daughter, is a Chanticleer Reviews Best Book, and her novel The Portraitist was a first-place winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, and a finalist in both the Foreword Indies Awards and the CIBA Goethe Awards. Her young adult historical mystery The Paris Affair won first place in its category in the CIBA Dante Rossetti awards for Young Adult Fiction. The Musician’s Daughter was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Bank Street Children’s Book of the Year, and was nominated for the Utah Book Award and the Missouri Gateway Reader’s Prize. In the Shadow of the Lamp was an Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award nominee.

Susanne earned her BA and MA (musicology) from Smith College and her PhD from Yale University (music history), and lives in Biddeford, ME with her little dog Betty.