What's the hurry?
For years, I wrote ad copy on deadline. Words in a Hurry is my long-standing LLC from the days I freelanced for companies needing "romance copy" for their croutons, or marketing blurbs for their bedroom sets. My fundamental approach to coaching and editing creative work draws from the days when I had to deep-dive into brand promises and pull the essence from the heap. You have a book to write, and I'm here to help, pledging to be punctual, attentive and committed.
What's the offer?
I've been a fiction and memoir editor and a creative writing teacher for nearly 25 years. In that time, I've worked with artists, short story writers, memoirists, novelists, and children's book authors. I understand the pantser/plotter dilemma, and have a unique approach to helping writers find their way in and through their projects. For more info and clarification on the difference between coaching and editing, pop over to the Services page.
What's the next step?
As a founding member of what the Oregonian has dubbed Portland’s “hottest writing group” (members include Chuck Palahniuk, Chelsea Cain, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and Cheryl Strayed), Suzy Vitello’s name has graced the acknowledgement pages of many a book. She's taught through Lit Reactor, Corporeal Writing, Literary Arts, Fishtrap, privately, and in team-teaching workshops.
She is the author of the upcoming speculative novel for adults, Faultland (Ooligan Press), The Empress Chronicles (Diversion Books), a contemporary/fantasy young adult novel, as well as Jr. Library Guild pick, The Moment Before. Her award-winning short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Mississippi Review, Plazm, Tarpaulin Sky, The Southampton Review and various anthologies and other literary journals. She has been a prize winner in The Atlantic Monthly Student Fiction Contest, and The Frank McCourt Memoir Prize, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship. She holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles.