Susannah Marriott


Susannah has been teaching people how to write online since 2008, when she helped develop the world’s first fully online masters degree in writing, at Falmouth University. She has devised, written and taught MA, MFA, BA and PGCHE writing courses, specialising in non-fiction, editing and professional practice, and she has supervised MA final projects and writing-industry research.

Her prize-winning writing students have been published by Ebury, Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Icon Books, Square Peg, the History Press and John Blake Publishing.

She co-founded The Professional Writing Academy to bring top quality, professionally focused online writing education to everyone, whatever their background, whichever time of day or night they wish to study, and wherever they live in the world.

Prior to teaching, Susannah worked for many years in the publishing industry, commissioning books, building lists and developing new authors. She has edited more than 60 titles for authors including BKS Iyengar, Mary Quant, Sheila Kitzinger, Penelope Leach, Elizabeth Luard and Anna Pavord, and she is author of 25 books translated into 17 languages.


“Since working with John Yorke I can’t stop looking for the mechanics of story in books, films and on TV.

I find myself winding to the middle of a show to find the mid-point. Try it – it’s thrilling to be able to pinpoint exactly what makes a story work, and very annoying for partners and children!”


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