Susan Perloff

I teach adults to write better nonfiction. And that’s the truth. Putting precise words after other powerful words, stringing them into sentences and paragraphs. Wrestling words to the ground.

Yes, I write. I have been writing nonfiction since contributing to my high-school newspaper. In my second year at University of Pennsylvania, the university allowed women to join the previously all-male Daily Pennsylvanian. I was one of the first nine women to join and the only one to stay through graduation.

A writing career was born. A full-time, self-employed freelance writer and editor since 1983, I write websites, e-newsletters, annual reports, training manuals, corporate histories, family memoirs and more. Mostly I write for people who can’t easily articulate what they think or are in too big of a hurry to write right. Or write bright. Often they have created state-of-the-art technological or medical material that non-techies need to understand and hire me to explain.

My byline has appeared 150 times in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in 100 other periodicals. I have won four national writing awards. From my home office, with corner windows and an up-close view of City Hall and two Philadelphia murals, I write.

But writing is lonely. I am an extrovert in an introvert’s profession. So I teach writing. Since you cannot teach what you do not practice, I am forever practicing writing.

I love to write. I live to write. I am your friend who WRITES and teaches writing in Pennsylvania.