Sue MacLeod – Author

In Person

I’d be happy to visit your school, library or other venue to read from my first young adult novel, Namesake, or to read poems, talk about the writing process, or lead writing workshops in either fiction or poetry.

As a poet, I’ve done presentations in nine provinces and led workshops and classes at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, the Community of Writers (Tatamagouche), the Art Gallery of Ontario, various elementary and junior high schools, and Dalhousie University (credit course).

I’ve always enjoyed working with teens as a poet—and I look forward to meeting many more teens as a young adult novelist.

Comments and Testimonials

“Her strong evaluations and comments I’ve heard from students attest to Sue’s warmth as a workshop leader … [and] critically, Sue challenged her students to grow as both writers and readers. She provided students with an intelligent but accessible dialogue … and gave balanced attention to individual writers and the class as a whole.”

—Dr. Daryll Whetter, former Coordinator, Creative Writing Program, Dalhousie University


“The comments from your participants are so glowing you would blush.”

—Jane Buss, former Executive Director, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia


“There are so many things that I have gained and that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for this amazing experience.”

—Workshop participant


“Thanks for everything, everything. You have taught me so much about this craft, and about my heart in this craft …”


Suggested Presentations

  •  Namesake. A reading from my novel in which a contemporary girl moves back and forth between her own world and that of Lady Jane Grey, the tragic nine-days queen of Tudor England. Followed by Q&A.
  • Time travel: true or false? What might it really be like to talk to someone from the past—the communication gaps and the search for common ground.
  • She says, he says. Do writers hear voices or make them up? Make your dialogue sound natural—but not boringly natural—and pull its weight in your story.
  • Down to the details. When small is mighty: How to choose and use details to help make a story enjoyable—and believable.
  • The list poem and the letter poem. Read some contemporary poems in these two engaging and approachable forms—and write your own.
  • Your choice of topic. I’ll design a talk or workshop to whatever subject fits the curriculum or the interests of participants or students.

Availability and Fees

I live in Montreal, and will gladly travel anywhere if costs are covered. Please email me through my contact page about fees and availability.