Reading: #169: When an Economic Upheaval Forces You to Reinvent Your Career (Susan Schoenberger)

#169: When an Economic Upheaval Forces You to Reinvent Your Career (Susan Schoenberger)

May 27 2022

Susan Schoenberger always knew she wanted to be a writer. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in English, she launched her journalism career in newspapers. But when the market crashed in 2008, the publishing industry faltered, and Schoenberger’s career of over 30 years came to a standstill. As she applied for new work (more than 50 applications over the next 2 years), Schoenberger never gave up on her writing. Listen in to her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, to learn how a personal trauma informed her stunning new novel.


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Susan Shoenberger serves as Director of Communications for Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, a graduate school with an interfaith dialogue focus. Her first novel, A Watershed Year was published in 2011. She is also the author of The Virtues of Oxygen, published in July 2014 and The Liability of Love, published in July 2021.


Key Links:
Susan’s novel The Liability of Love on Amazon
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Time Stamps


[00:3:02.00] Becoming a writer and working in journalism


[00:5:18.00] Struggling to work freelance and landing current job


[00:14:30.00] First book and burying stories


[00:16:06.00] Revision and reproduction


[00:19:12:00] Sexual violence and #MeToo


[00:22:02.00] The importance of telling your story


[00:29:15.00] Secret skills she learned throughout her writing life that you can use


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