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From the Archives: How Suzanne Kingsbury Uses Her Talents To Inspire a New Generation of Writers

Suzanne Kingsbury

For over 20 years, Suzanne Kingsbury, author and Founder of Gateless Writing, has been a tour de force in the literary and publishing industry. Her literary arts organization, Gateless Writing, is a mentoring program that gives her full autonomy to work with emerging writers, including women, people of color, and disenfranchised voices. Gateless writing offers writing retreats, one-on-one intensive training, and leadership training. Suzanne’s work, along with some of her writers, has been featured in Ms., O, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, the L.A. Times, and more.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: 

  • Suzanne Kingsbury talks about her background as a working writer and the origin of Gateless Writing
  • How Suzanne charges for her writing consultant services
  • What is at the heart of marketing at Gateless Writing?
  • Suzanne discusses the lack of support that creatives face
  • Finding creative inspiration
  • The importance of having a team
  • The best piece of advice Suzanne ever received

In this episode…

As a creative, feeling successful often comes from monetary rewards and publications on a grand scale. But what happens when that success unexpectedly comes to a halt? Do you retreat? Or do you continue to fight?

For Suzanne Kingsbury, a creative writer and published author, giving up was not an option. However, desperation played a huge factor in her entrepreneurial endeavor. So what was the driving force behind her current success, which has been thriving for over 18 years?

This week, we return to a popular episode of Access to Anyone, where host Michael Roderick sits down with Suzanne Kingsbury, author and the Founder of Gateless Writing, to discuss her literary arts organization. Suzanne talks about the origin of Gateless Writing, her methodology of teaching and charging for services, the lack of support creatives face, and more.

Golden Answer

If you could meet any living person, who would it be?

Suzanne Kingsbury would like to meet the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The Council of Thirteen gathers yearly to discuss big themes such as the history of indigenous people, the environment, internationalism, and human rights. Suzanne says if she could sit down with the Council of Thirteen, she would just zip her mouth and listen.

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