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Susan G. Weidener
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Lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania
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Even A "Boring Childhood" Yields Nuggets of Gold
I didn’t write much – if at all – about my childhood in my memoirs. My childhood seemed inconsequential and uneventful. No Kill a Mockingbird or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn childhood for me. No abuse or divorce, or civil rights’ quests . . . just rhub...
I didn’t write much – if at all – about my childhood in my memoirs. My childhood seemed inconsequential and uneventful. No Kill a Mockingbird or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn childhood for me. No abuse or divorce, or civil...
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Many thanks to Douglas R. Forsythe, executive board member of the Disabled American Veterans chapter here in Chester County, Pennsylvania for allowing me to speak this morning to the veterans about A Portrait of Love and Honor, a novel based on my late husband's memoir about his time at West Point during the Vietnam War.
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Silencing the 'Whispers' That Hobble Women's Writing
I spend quite a bit of time editing women's memoirs. For the last two months I've critiqued and revised many short stories for our upcoming anthology Life Unexpected . In some of the pieces I'm struck by the timidity and tentativeness. What do I hear 'whisp...
I spend quite a bit of time editing women's memoirs. For the last two months I've critiqued and revised many short stories for our upcoming anthology Life Unexpected. In some of the pieces I'm struck by the timidity and tenta...
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Mother Of an Addict Finds Her Voice
In this beautiful essay Kathy Pooler shares finding her voice as both a woman and mother as she confronts a deeply personal challenge - a son who is addicted to alcohol and drugs. Her journey will be chronicled in a new memoir she has been writing, tentativ...
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During yesterday's walk for cancer awareness and fight for a cure, tulips literally glowed in the sunlight.
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The candle burns brightly when women come together in the Women's Writing Circle and share their stories.
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Viewing Life Through the Lens of Fantasy Fiction
In the Women's Writing Circle we explore many writing styles and share our stories through a variety of genres. If there's one thing we have in common, it's how writing offers an exploration of those things that most capture our imaginations, our pain, our ...
In the Women's Writing Circle we explore many writing styles and share our stories through a variety of genres. If there's one thing we have in common, it's how writing offers an exploration of those things that most capture ...
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With Time Comes Understanding My Mother's Life
My mother used to say, “A woman president? What a terrible idea!” My mother felt men held more sway, their opinions carried more weight. I suspect, although can’t be certain, she would have applied the ‘b’ word to Hillary. “I prefer the company of men to wo...
My mother used to say, “A woman president? What a terrible idea!” My mother felt men held more sway, their opinions carried more weight. I suspect, although can’t be certain, she would have applied the ‘b’ word to Hillary. “I...
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Here's something I wrote when I first began blogging. With all the talk about playing the "woman's card," I'm with Hillary. Deal me in if it means greater awareness and opportunities for women of all ages, confronting and honoring our own resilience and bearing responsibilites alone - just like the great Bette Davis.
What did I like about the Southwest? That's what my sisters in the Story Circle Network wanted to know. What clues did it hold to who I was and where I was going? It was the sense of possibility that the West evokes with thos...
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My Dog Boosts My Writing and So Much More
Have you ever fallen in love with a dog? If so, no more needs be said. I know Lily is my best “girlfriend,” my walking buddy, my bedtime snuggle bunny. With that special cock of her head and soulful stare, Lily understands my moods . . .our routines mesh i...
Have you ever fallen in love with a dog? If so, no more needs be said. I know Lily is my best “girlfriend,” my walking buddy, my bedtime snuggle bunny. With that special cock of her head and soulful stare, Lily understands my...
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Writing As a Participatory Process Invites the Reader In
Writers like to think of themselves as loners. They often work in isolation, exploring a private and personal journey in the quiet of a favorite room with a view. Some even refer to themselves as “anti-social.” They jokingly admit they’re in their own head...
Writers like to think of themselves as loners. They often work in isolation, exploring a private and personal journey in the quiet of a favorite room with a view. Some even refer to themselves as “anti-social.” They jokingly ...
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Critique As A Positive - Not Painful - Experience
Writers and artists tend to have fragile egos. One poorly worded criticism can set the author back, erode her confidence, engender hurt or angry feelings. So the question becomes - how best to go about the task of critiquing another writer’s work, making it...
Writers and artists tend to have fragile egos. One poorly worded criticism can set the author back, erode her confidence, engender hurt or angry feelings. So the question becomes - how best to go about the task of critiquing ...
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Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Education
  • American University
    Literature and journalism
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Gender
Female
Other names
Susan Weidener Cavalieri
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Introduction
A former journalist with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Susan started the Women's Writing Circle. She has interviewed a host of interesting people from all walks of life, including Guy Lombardo, Bob Hope, Leonard Nimoy, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and Mary Pipher. She left journalism in 2007 and after attending a women’s writing retreat, wrote and published her memoir, Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again, about being widowed at a young age. Two years later, she wrote and published its sequel, Morning at Wellington Square, a woman’s search for passion and renewal in middle age. Her novel, A Portrait of Love and Honor, completes the trilogy inspired by and dedicated to her late husband, John M. Cavalieri, on whose memoir the novel is based. 

Susan earned a BA in Literature from American University and a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She offers editing services for writers aspiring to publish their manuscripts. She teaches writing workshops and is available for talks and lectures on writing life stories. Susan lives in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
Bragging rights
Have you faced great loss in your life? As a widow and single parent, I wrote about my journey of renewal in my memoirs.
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Author and editor
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journalism, creative writing, editing, copy editing, teaching
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    2009 - present
    Author of A Portrait of Love and Honor, a novel based on a true story, and two best selling memoirs: Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again and Morning at Wellington Square.
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Chester County, Pennsylvania
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