Speaking and Presenting


I’m an experienced speaker and facilitator, having presented talks, classes, and workshops for a wide variety of organizations on diverse elements of writing craft, including:

The Attic Institute
(One of Bustle’s “13 Amazing Non-Profit Writing Centers“)

Willamette Writers Conference

Compose Conference
Clackamas Community College

Norwescon (Fantasy and Science Fiction)

Write in the Harbor
Tacoma Community College

Write to Publish
Portland State University

Indigo Editing & Publications

Oregon Writing Festival (Youth)
Portland State University

Walters Community Arts Center (Youth)

Topics Presented

Writing the Natural World

The Creative Process: Curiosity and Pleasure

You’ve Finished Your Book. Now What?

Self-Publishing Basics: From Editing to Marketing

Fantastic Fiction: The Literary and Speculative Tradition

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How Successful Novels Hook and Hold Their Readers from the Very First Page

Editing Essentials: From the Big Picture to the Nitty Gritty

Writing with Force: Techniques for Publishable Prose

Framing the Narrative: How Modern Memoirs Make Use of Techniques Borrowed from Fiction to Hook and Hold Their Readers


Interested in booking me for an event or conference? Feel free to drop a line to susan [at] susandefreitas [dot] com.


An excerpt from the book launch for Hot Season at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon (1.15.17).