P.O. Box 928, Petaluma, CA 94953
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A good editor gives you at least two extra eyes—one in the center of your forehead that stays focused on your literary vision; one in the back of your head for tracking details and keeping your bases covered.
In my former career as a high school English teacher and in my current work as a writer’s group facilitator, workshop presenter, editor, and small press publisher, I’ve been helping writers improve their vision for more than 20 years. I enjoy every type of editing project, but specialize in facilitating you and your fiction, essays, and memoir.
Editing & Coaching
For inquiry or quotes, please see contact info above
The Flat Rate Edit
For short pieces (3,000 words or less), I offer a flat rate edit. $75.00 includes margin notes and an in-depth written analysis, with emphasis on practical suggestions. In these "essay intensives," I am often able to help writers identify and break through patterns that have been limiting the scope of their work. Hard copy or email submissions okay, but please query first.
- Patricia Harrelson, essayist, Community College instructor, Jamestown, CA:
"We who keep scribbling are blessed by the likes of you who scribble on our work."
- Judith Ryan Hendricks, author of Bread Alone (Morrow, 2001), Isabel's Daughter (June 2003) and Baker's Apprentice (2005). www.judihendricks.com:
"Susan, thanks for showing me why God created editors."
- Rebecca Lawton, author of Reading Water: Lessons from the River (Capitol Books, 2002). www.becca.lawton.net:
An accomplished writer in her own right, Susan is a superlative editor as well: incisive, sensitive, tactful, and respectful of the author's unique voice. Her light, sure touch only improved my work. The literary conversation we had while revising my essay "Faith in the Dry Season" not only led to a deeper understanding of the piece but to a Pushcart Prize nomination. Beg, borrow, barter--do anything you can to raise the funds to work with her. You'll be glad you did!"
- Alla Crone, author of East Lies the Sun , Winds over Manchuria , North of the Moon , Legacy of Amber , Rodina and Maxim. www.allacrone.com:
"After writing for years and publishing six books, I have never had such in-depth help as I did from Susan Bono. My only regret is that I didn't meet her earlier! Her critique was detailed, meticulous, not only in regard to the theme and structure of my current book, but also the grammar and lazy writing. For that I am eternally grateful. In short, she didn't let me get away with anything, and yet her comments were tactful and kind. My next manuscript is going to her as soon as I finish my first draft."
Classes and Events
Literary conferences, fairs, meetings, and courses
9th Annual Point Reyes Writing Retreat
June 7-9, 2013
This weekend writing retreat—at the remote Life Boat Station on the tip of Point Reyes—has an easy pace and community feel. Facilitated by Patti Trimble and Susan Bono, it is open to anyone who enjoys writing about (or in) nature. All levels welcome. Accommodations included at the historic Lifeboat Station.
Point Reyes Field Institute.
Your Muse/Your Time : August 23-27th, 2013
A late summer Camp Session open to writers, artists, crafters, and others looking to spend a few days on the farm creating and exploring! With school starting so early, this is the time we’re reserving for adults only. Susan Bono coordinates the writing program. Our massage therapists will be available. Contact us for more information, or to sign up.
Emandal: A Farm on a River since 1908.
No events or classes are currently scheduled. Please check back soon!
Highlights of 2012
Travel and write in Turkey with Susan Bono, Yesim Cimcoz and Sheila Bender of Writing it Real! Our carefully planned, affordable trip is a great way to step into new ways of seeing and writing!
May 11-15, 2012 in Istanbul with an optional trip to Ephesus May 16-18.
Read more about highlights of the trip:
Yesim's Writing Istanbul Website
Contact Susan for Information or questions.
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