Sue signing copies of "The Pat Boone Fan Club" at the University of Nebraska Press booth at the AWP conference in Seattle, March, 2014.

Here I am at Marshall University's "Stand for Women" conference.

This is my wonderful (2010) memoir workshop at the Vermont College of Fine Arts' Postgraduate Writers' Conference -- from left: Melissa, Sue, Karen, Robbie, Dawn, Rachel, and, in front, Yvette.

Sue's and Robert Vivian's (center, front row) creative nonfiction workshop at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Winter, 2010. The students were great! And thanks to Suzanne Farrell for the photo.

Sue with workshop group at the Bear River Writers' Conference, held at Walloon Lake, Michigan.

Sue, in yellow t-shirt, on the quad of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, with some of the students.

With poet Marc Sheehan (author of Greatest Hits) during a question and answer period after a reading at Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, sponsored by the Peninsula Writers.

EVENTS: Readings and Workshops

Sue will be presenting on two panels at the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs in Tampa, March 8-10. One panel is "Tearing Down Societal & Family Myths in Creative Writing" and the other is "Memoir as an Agent of Social Change."

To invite Sue to give a reading, a presentation, conduct a workshop -- or write a guest blog -- please e-mail her at SueWilliamSilverman(at) Thank you!



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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