Upcoming Events


This December, Crow Flight is flying into the world. Come celebrate with an author talk and book signing at the launch party. There will be yummy eats, fun giveaways and stories of overcoming failure that will warm your heart this holiday season.

When: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13

Where: Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

school visits

Susan loves speaking with students and libraries, and would be thrilled to appear at your school. Fill out the form below if you’re interested in booking Susan for an event.

Available presentations

  • From Science to Storytelling - Susan shares her adventures studying science (from training planaria and studying terns, to traveling deep in the ocean on a submarine for hydrothermal vent research), while explaining why she studied science even though she knew she wanted to be a writer, how science and writing are similar (it all comes down to stories), and how science fuels her writing today. She gives a peek into the science behind Crow Flight, touching on the incredible intelligence of ravens and crows, and the fascinating world of computer modeling.

  • 40 Rejections or Bust: A goal of failing - As a recovering perfectionist, Susan talks about the challenges of learning to write well. From writers’ groups with good but overwhelming input, to the steady stream of rejection letters that comes when querying agents, Susan shows how to work through failure and flip it on its head. She dives into the science of why embracing failure is key to success in any field - from writing and science, to business and sports - and shares her success story of becoming a published author, a goal she reached by making failure the goal.

  • The Nuts & Bolts of a Writer’s Life - Susan pulls back the curtain on a writer’s life and gives insight to what she does - and doesn’t do - every day. Not surprisingly, these tips and tricks can be helpful for any career - even that of a student! Includes: journaling out the junk, setting ‘low entry points,’ consistency that’s efficient, encouraging curiosity, trying out others’ techniques while finding (and trusting) your own path, collaging, sticker charts (!), finishing a messy first draft (after all, done is better than perfect), encouraging others, and realizing it is not a competition.


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