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"Suzy is a true professional. When critiquing my YA novel, she offered clear and constructive ideas to amp up the tension, keep pace, tighten the structure, and tie themes together to add richness. I revised my novel based on Suzy's feedback and was thrilled to receive two manuscript requests from agents!"
~ Natasha De Silva (editorial client, YA)
"Suzy’s toolbox is filled with years of experience with writers of all styles and genres. She knows when to use the kid gloves and when to take out the boxing gloves. In a short time she helped me take a mere transcription of a forty year old trauma and mold it into a piece of art. The story was accepted the day I sent it out and published ten days later by a prestigious online magazine. Her feedback doesn’t just improve your story, it teaches you how to be a better writer."
~ John Bovio (book coach client, linked stories/adult fiction)
"When you study writing with Suzy Vitello you’re studying with Tom Spanbauer and Gordon Lish and Chelsea Cain. Suzy is one of the rare writers who recognize and collect skills from a wide range of master storytellers. She’s become a one-woman MFA program. Better yet, she’s Suzy Vitello, a compassionate teacher who sees that, whether or not they’re published, writers are human beings, and she treats them with patience and respect." --Chuck Palahniuk
"Suzy has read and commented on every chapter of every thriller I've ever published. She is a treasure. So smart. And such a terrific communicator. If there's something you like about one of my characters, you can bet it's because of Suzy. There are a handful of people I'd trust with a work-in-progress. She is one of them."
~ Chelsea Cain, bestselling author of the HEARTSICK series and many awesome comic books.
"I am so grateful for Suzy’s expert eyes on my manuscript. She is compassionate and professional in her approach, and she provided insights that I had not before considered in my work. She has pushed me to grow to be a better writer, encouraging me to apply for an Oregon Fellowship which I ultimately won. I would highly recommend her to every writer I know."
~ Natalie Hirt, 2019 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship winner, women’s fiction
"Suzy Vitello is reliably pragmatic. Her balanced feedback focuses on mechanical details as well as thematic arcs. And she always knows how to strengthen both."
~ Dan Frazier (workshop student, short fiction)
"I've worked with Suzy on two books and several essays, (and I’m reluctant to tell you how good, helpful and supportive she is for fear she’ll never be available again). Laser-focused, fast, and so capable, Suzy Vitello makes good writing better and isn’t afraid to tell you what’s not working. I love her.❤️"
~ Sheila Hamilton, author of All the Things We Never Knew (editorial client, fiction & memoir)
"Each story I bring to workshop benefits from Suzy Vitello's years of dedication to the craft, evidenced by her well-rounded reviews that touch on everything from sentence beats to narrative weight. Perhaps most important for a work in progress, the questions that she raises and strengths that she highlights provide a clear path for revision. Her keen insights lead to aha moments. I highly recommend Suzy's editorial services."
~ Tricia Callahan (workshop student)