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
Write Hearted, with Stuart Wakefield
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
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:
How seventeenth-century opera led me into the court of Louis XIV
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 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:
Historical Novels Review:
The Write Practice:
Book Club Babble:
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.