Speaking Information and School Visits

2013 Events

A Sampling of Past Events

  • 19th Annual SCBWI Carolinas Fall Conference - Charlotte, NC - Friday, September 23rd - September 25, 2011
  • Guest Workshop in the Writer's Retreat at The Institute of Children's Literature - online - July 13-15, 2011 - "The Business Side of Writing" (click here for the transcript)
  • One Year Adventure Novel Summer Student Workshop - Olathe, KS - Wednesday, June 29th - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - more details
  • Kansas Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference - Overland Park, KS - September 18, 2010
  • Guest Workshop in the Writer's Retreat at The Institute of Children's Literature - online - September 14-16, 2010 - "Turning Ideas Into Stories"
  • 39th Annual Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference - Los Angelos, CA - July 30-August 2, 2010


$75. per hour - $350. per day (minimum fee - $75.)

mileage and housing negotiable

Preferred Audiences

Writing Programs: 4th grade-High School

Writing Workshops: Adults

Writing Talks: Kindergarten through Adult

Storytelling: Kindergarten-Adult

Storytelling Workshops: 4th grade-Adult

Speaking Experience

Sue has taught workshops for:

  • 3 regions of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (Kansas, Missouri and Western Washington)
  • The Writer's Place (Kansas City, MO)
  • University of Washington extension program (Seattle, WA)
  • Write on the Sound (Edmonds, WA)
  • The Oregon Christian Writers Conference (Salem, OR)

and been a guest speaker at:

  • Northwest Christian College, and
  • Puget Sound Christian College in Washington state.

She has spoken to children at River Read (Park University) in Missouri; Northwest ESD 189 Young Author Conference in Washington; and in a variety of individual schools, ranging from Elementary through High School—both public and private.

Writing Programs for Children and Teens

Sue shares some published works, where ideas come from, and how books, stories and articles are marketed. She also does writing exercises with kids on “showing versus telling,” using specific nouns, adjectives that count, dialogue and more. (Trained in Six Writing Traits.)

Audience Age: 4th grade and up

Program length: 45 minutes to an hour

Equipment: An LCD projector, or an overhead projector, and screen. I'll bring my own computer.

If there is a specific writing related subject you would like her to discuss, just ask. Email: sue@susanuhlig.com

Writing Talks for Children and Teens

Sue can talk to small groups or all school assemblies on “Dreams Can Come True” about how she became a writer.

Storytelling for all ages

Storytelling Using emotion and expression, Sue Ford tells family stories, original stories, folk tales and tales from other lands. Some of the stories are “just for fun,” but others include a moral or a lesson “to be learned.” Props may be used for some stories, but mostly the audience gets the chance to use their imagination while they listen. Sue will find stories to fit your specific theme. In the past she has told stories to fit Medieval, Christmas, Christian, Pioneer and ancient Greek themes.

Storytelling Workshops

Sue also likes to help children and adults learn the magic of telling their own stories.

Audience Age: 4th grade and up

Program length: 1 hour and up

Writing Workshops for Adults

Mind Your C’s and Q’s

focuses on Query and Cover letters, inQuiry letters—including requests for guidelines and catalogs as well as manuscript status, plus a brief discussion on Contracts.

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Children

includes goals, planning, getting to work, how to “show don’t tell,” dialogue tips, rewriting and marketing.

Swift Fiction – the Short Story in Focus

discusses the elements of short story writing with a focus on the storyline, theme, and main character.

Writing for Children's Magazines

covers the ups and downs of Writing for Children’s Magazines, what sells, how to write for children’s magazines: including: study, research, and staying organized, how to sell to magazines, keeping track of submissions, magazine rights and what they mean, and more.

Program lengths: 1 to 2 hours, depending on audience need.

Equipment: An LCD projector, or an overhead projector, and screen. I'll bring my own computer.

If there is a specific writing related subject you would like her to discuss, just ask.

Contact Information

Email: sue@susanuhlig.com

Phone: 913-782-1353

Professional Critiques and Editing

I also do manuscript editing. I've critiqued hundreds of articles and short stories for the Institute of Children's Literature where I instruct on magazine writing. I have been a judge for numerous contests and have critiqued many picture book and novel manuscripts over my 20+ years as an author. My critiques include comments on the overall story (plot, structure, content, etc.), as well as line editing directly on the manuscript. The cost of services depends upon the amount of line editing required.

I prefer receiving manuscripts electronically as a word attachment, but will do critiques via snail mail. (Add $5.00 for postage and handling.)


I charge $40. per hour and will provide an estimate based on the word count of your manuscript. I can guarantee a maximum number of hours once I've had a look at the actual writing in the manuscript. If I haven't worked with you before, I require partial payment before commencing work. My invoices will show payments received and actual hours worked. I accept payment by check or via PayPal, but will charge a surcharge to cover the fee PayPal charges.

Email questions to sue@susanuhlig.com or call me at 913-530-8309 to discuss your project and my availability.


"Thank you for inspiring me to write better than I thought I could." - Jenn Bailey

"Sue is an excellent critique advisor for any stage in the writing process. Whether you are seeking advice on your first draft, specific plot problems, or line by line editing, Sue is able to do all these things extremely well. She is great at explaining the things that work in the manuscript and the things that aren’t working. I worked with her on a picture book draft that she suggested I make into a chapter book based on the voice and age of the character. When the manuscript was complete, she helped me with my query and final revisions. I just sent it out and I am already getting requests from agents!!" - Maggie Viles

"Your comments are thoughtful, honest and always gentle." - Bev Taylor

"Susan critiqued a book that I'd illustrated for a local children's book writer a while back. I found her critique to be very constructive and necessary. I was encouraged by her honesty and genuine insight and, as a result, was able to make improvements to the illustrations. The author was very pleased with the changes, and I was even inspired to write and illustrate my very first book." - Danielle Williams

"Thank you so much for...editing my essay. Could not have done it without your help!" - Randolph Cabral