Accepting my honorary doctorate, 2001, from Aquinas College, for my work in literature and child abuse victim advocacy.



Aquinas College
Armstrong State Univ.
Carlow University
Claflin University
Eastern Washington Univ.
Fairfield University
Georgia College & State Univ.
Grand Valley State Univ.
Hollins University
Hope College
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Kalamazoo College
Memphis Univ.
Michigan State Univ.
Oakland Community College Writers Conf.
Ohio State University
Randolph-Macon Women's College
Salem State Univ.
SUNY, Cortland
Syracuse Univ.
Univ. of Alabama
Univ. of Iowa
Univ. of Nebraska
Univ. of Nevada
Univ. of Southern Maine
Univ. of Tennessee-Chattanooga


AAUW, Foxboro, MA
Associated Writing Programs
Bear Lake Writers Conf.
Child & Parent Center
Child Sex Abuse Project, Ithaca
Children's Assessment Center
DePelchin Children's Center & Brigid's Place, Houston
Far Field Writers Retreat
From Denial to Dialogue: The Jewish Community Confronts Domestic Violence
Great Basin Book Fair, Nevada
Great Lakes Booksellers Assoc. Trade Show
International Women's Writing Guild
Jewish Community Center, Charleston, SC
Jewish Comm. Center Book Fair, Detroit
Jewish Community Center, Omaha
Jewish Family & Career Services, Atlanta
Jewish Women Int'l./​MA Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Kachemak Bay Writers Conf.
Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Council
Kent County Intermediate School District
Kerrytown Book Festival
Lake County Council Against Sexual Assault
Livingston Children's Advocacy Network
Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conf.
MI Conf. on Child Abuse & Neglect
MI Writers Series
Neb. Commission on Crime
Nat'l Council of Jewish Women, Detroit
Nat'l Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
New England Conf. on Child Sexual Abuse
Prosecuting Attorneys & Victim Advocates, MI
Rain Taxi Book Festival
Rally of Writers
Stonecoast Writers Conference
Vermont College Post-Graduate Writers Conference
Women of Reform Judaism

My first book is published! Here I am at the Univ. of Georgia Press booth at the American Booksellers Association trade show, Chicago, 1997.


Please contact Sue at SueWilliamSilverman(at)


To contact Sue Silverman for a media interview or a professional speaking engagement, please call at 616.847.1991, or e-mail her at SueWilliamSilverman(at)


Sue is the author of three memoirs. The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew is part of the "American Lives Series" with the University of Nebraska Press. Because I Remember Terror, Father, I Remember You won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award Series in Creative Nonfiction. Her memoir, Love Sick: One Woman's Journey through Sexual Addiction, was also made into a Lifetime TV Original Movie. Her craft book is Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir, and her poetry collection is Hieroglyphics in Neon.


As a professional speaker and writer, Sue has appeared on many nationally syndicated radio and TV programs including The View, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN; a John Stossel Special on ABC-TV; CNN-Headline News; the Montel Williams Show; the Ricki Lake Show; and the Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. She was also featured in an episode of "The Secret Lives of Women" on WE-TV.

Sue teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


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As a professional speaker, I address such topics as incest and child abuse, domestic violence, spirituality, recovery, family dynamics, and sexual addiction. I also conduct creative nonfiction writing workshops and focus on the importance of women's voices. Here are some responses to my presentations:

"I am staggered by Sue's capacity to see beauty and goodness despite what had happened to her. She is an extraordinarily articulate, sensitive, and engaging speaker. I've seen few readers field difficult questions with as much grace. She inspires me." ~~Alison Swan, Shaman Drum Bookshop

"Ms. Silverman held her audience enthralled by her evocative speech and by her sensitive answers to questions. One of the most difficult tasks in a reading of such a memoir is to project the feeling of an abused and terrorized child to an audience. Ms. Silverman achieves her goal with skill and warmth." ~~Brendan F. Gilbane, Dean, CGS, Boston Univ.

"Unlike many other writers Ms. Silverman is a polished, effective, and captivating speaker. To say that the atmosphere during the reading was 'electric' is not, by any means, an understatement. I would not hesitate to engage her for a public reading, lecture, or panel. Among contemporary women writers and speakers, she is exemplary." ~~Dr. Kathleen Blumreich, Professor of English, Grand Valley State Univ.

"Sue bridges that gap between the clinical perspective and the deeper existential reality of the human experience of childhood sexual abuse. She communicates with clarity and insight and brings her audience to a deeper understanding of sexual abuse. I highly recommend her message to other clinicians." ~~Dr. Wayne B. Kinzie, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology

"Compelling. Heart-wrenching. Shocking. Illuminating. Poignant. Motivating. Articulate. Courageous." ~~Children's Assessment Center Fundraiser

"Sue's presentation was excellent. The teachers were very positive in their evaluation of the session. They not only found her to be an excellent presenter, but very helpful in content." ~~Cheryl Blair, Kent Intermediate School District

"Sue's presentation in our 'From Denial to Dialogue: The Jewish Community Confronts Domestic Violence' conference was a wonderful gift to the Atlanta community, Jewish and non-Jewish. The powerful and passionate manner in which she spoke touched so many people. While she provided us with a picture of how a community's lack of response to domestic violence can destroy the community, she also left us with hope for what changes can take place in a community." ~~Wendy Lipshutz, Jewish Family & Career Services

"Sue Silverman is not only a gifted writer, she's a captivating speaker. She has a gentle way of commanding attention. She also listens carefully to questions from the audience and responds with sensitivity and intelligence. She is serious about her subject matter yet she is also funny at times, and always positive. She succeeds in being 'uplifting' and 'inspiring' about a problem most people cannot conceive of in those terms. She is an extraordinary woman." ~~Dr. William Sechrist, SUNY, Cortland

"I was extremely impressed with Sue's candor, her friendliness, and knowledge. Her audience loved her and her presentation." ~~Dr. Sunny Andrews, Director, School of Social Work, Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha

"Of all the authors I have heard read, Sue Silverman is by far my very favorite. Her voice is soothing and calm, and her words are exceedingly beautiful. Our event was extremely successful and very well received by the audience who were comfortable enough with Silverman to ask some pretty tough questions after the reading--all of which she answered with sensitivity and candor." Paula Wilkerson, Schuler Books

"Sue Silverman's talk and reading made for an electrifying evening for students who are English majors concerned with the artistic shaping of a well as to psychology, sociology, and social work students concerned with the shaping of a human heart." Rod Kessler, Professor of English, Salem State College

"Reading her book, you wonder how she has survived. Meeting her and hearing her speak, you begin to understand: Sue Silverman is an extraordinary person who is saved by her creativity and her inviolable belief in humanity." ~~Anna Monardo, Professor, The Writers Workshop, Univ. of Nebraska, Omaha


The book describes my search for authentic self-identity – a search complicated by my conflicted feelings toward Judaism and my various efforts to “pass” as Christian. At the heart of this journey are three separate encounters with 1960s pop-music icon, turned Christian activist, Pat Boone, who plays a pivotal role in my desire to belong to the dominant culture.
"A deeply personal story of a woman's addiction to and recovery from the high of dangerous encounters. This utterly candid account is the only memoir by a woman to examine sexual addiction. It is a powerful, often lyrical book with strong resonance for other addictions, whether to food, drugs, alcohol, or work--for anyone whose only satisfaction is now." (Click on title, above, to read excerpt.)
Winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Creative Nonfiction
"A harrowing memoir of the mute language of incest and the powerful words of survival."(Click on title, above, to read excerpt.)
This is a guidebook about how to craft compelling art out of personal experience. "Fearless Confessions" is for beginning and experienced writers alike, who want to write their own life stories. Please click title to see the Table of Contents.
Please click on title to read selected poems. "Silverman's collection is a bracing debut--rangy, restless, giddy with lush particulars." ~~ David Wojahn
This short article, first published in "The Writer's Chronicle," is included in the Appendix of Sue's book, "Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir."
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