The Essay Generator *FULL*

Course tutor: Susanna Forrest
When: to be determined
Date: June 23, 2023
Where: Online
Number of sessions: 6
Maximum participants: 5
Cost: €250 (incl. VAT)

The Essay Generator

Has your nonfiction project lost momentum? Are you doubting your own writing judgment? Do you want to get something finished for once? Show up and sit down (virtually) with a small, focused workshopping group overseen by The Reader teacher, editor and author, Susanna Forrest. Susanna will draw on twenty years’ experience to provide guidance and feedback on your work at every session and help you build a writing mode that fits into your life. Working together in a group of five, we can

  • generate thoughtful writing that deepens organically;
  • create impetus rather than chasing word counts;
  • find the stories underneath the stories; and
  • enhance your self-editing skills.

The six sessions will be flexibly arranged with adequate writing time, so get in touch with Susanna (via to sign up and arrange an initial meeting.

Workshop groups will be limited to five participants to ensure close, personal attention, and more than one group will be established if there is demand.

Email us at to sign up!

SUSANNA FORREST  is the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction titles that incorporate history, travel, memoir and reportage. Her latest, The Age of the Horse, was described as “superb” (Economist) and “a fascinating, lucid and sometimes elegantly literary book” (Sydney Morning Herald).⁠

She has written for LitHub, NPR Food, The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Guardian, and has been a featured writer on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service’s The Why Factor, and ⁠was a writer-in-residence at Gladstone’s Library.

Susanna is currently working on Amazons of Paris, a book based on a series of biographical essays about nineteenth-century circus stars first published on the Paris Review Daily blog.


After doing two courses with Susanna, I can say that she single-handedly inspired me to keep writing. She has a keen eye for what works and  what needs tweaking, a knack for finding the right words to motivate you, was always fair and considerate to everyone in the room but still managed to give hugely important criticism, did not talk for the sake of it but only when it mattered — in short, she is an absolutely fantastic and gifted teacher!”

Lucy Jones

Susanna’s CNF group was my introduction to “writing the real.” I wanted to experiment with my writing voice, deepen craft skills and form writerly friendships. One happy customer here. Plus, I am very proud of the piece I wrote with Susanna’s expert feedback.

Clementine Burley

I did Susanna Forrest’s Creative Non-Fiction parts one and two, and it’s honestly not an exaggeration to say it was life-changing. She led us through discussions that made me interrogate my own work in new ways, and taught me how to continue learning from the writing I admire. The energy in those sessions has carried through and our group are still meeting to share work and talk ideas many months after the end of course. I think we’re all very grateful to Susanna for bringing us together!

Ruby Russell

I took Susanna Forrest’s advanced nonfiction class and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. She provides an excellent structure and class environment in which to explore, ideate, and of course get down to work. The readings and other materials she provides are exceptional and never excessive, and her feedback is always astute, on point and encouraging. I started the course with a very rough draft and ended it with something ready for submission. I would highly recommend the course, and Susanna as an instructor.

Maree Hamilton



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