Stephanie Susnjara is an experienced freelance writer/editor who is well versed in many media platforms such as digital and branded content (articles, slideshows, quizzes, blogs). She specializes in health and wellness, business, entertainment and more. Ms. Susnjara writes for Slate Custom Publishing, New York University’s College of Dentistry and blogs for an array of small businesses in the beauty, cosmetic medical, real estate and vitamin manufacturing sectors. From 2009-2014, Ms. Susnjara worked extensively for The Dr. Oz Show, serving as a frequent web content writer (articles, quizzes, slide shows) and also writing hundreds of on-air vignettes titled, “One Minute To Better Health With Dr. Oz” and “Dr. Oz’s House Calls.”
In the capacity of book editorial consultant, Ms. Susnjara has worked on The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between A Little Craziness And A Lot of Success (Simon & Schuster/2005), Searching for Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography (St. Martin’s/2008) both by John D. Gartner; The Latina’s Guide to Health by Jane Delgado, PhD. (Newmarket/2010). From 2013-present, she has ghostwritten on several book projects whose various subjects have centered on health and wellness, business, spirituality, personal trauma and the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi.
She has a strong background in feature film and TV development. From 1990-1997, Ms. Susnjara served as a feature film and television development executive. She held posts in Los Angeles as story editor for Paul Maslansky Productions/Warner Bros. (Police Academy movies, The Russia House, Cop and a Half); director of development for the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tom Schulman’s production company (Dead Poet’s Society, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Medicine Man, Indecent Proposal) at Touchstone/Walt Disney Pictures; and story analyst for various companies including actor/director/producer Tony Bill’s and producer Helen Bartlett’s Barnstorm Entertainment (The Sting, Untamed Heart, A Home or Their Own) and MGM/United Artists.
In 1993, Ms. Susnjara relocated to New York City, where she worked as Vice President of Development for Joseph Feury Productions, developing directing projects for Lee Grant, the Academy Award-winning actress (In the Heat of the Night, Shampoo) and documentary filmmaker (HBO’s Down and Out in America, Women on Trial, etc., Lifetime’s Intimate Portraits, and the breast cancer TV documentary Say It! Fight It! Cure It!).
Since then Stephanie has worked on researching and shaping several narrative documentary projects including a comedy series for STARZ Network. She recently worked as chief research consultant on The Bullish Farmer, a documentary about anti-GMO activist John Ubaldo, produced by Ken Marsolais Productions, and is currently working on a documentary proposal about a rock photographer.
Ms. Susnjara enjoys writing personal essays and memoir. Her literary essays and book reviews have appeared in the following literary journals and anthologies: Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers; Brain, Child’s Greatest Hits; Brevity; Creative Nonfiction; Italian Americana; MotherVerse; and The Yorktown Anthology of New Writers (Gotham Press).
In a teaching capacity, Ms. Susnjara is an instructor for Writopia Lab, a nonprofit organization that provides young writers with an authentic writing workshop experience. She has also taught narrative nonfiction and mentored writers through the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, and, conducted script analysis seminars at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts to graduate and undergraduate film and dramatic writing students.
Ms. Susnjara holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Colorado (1986), a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College (2000), and a certificate in Food Journalism from the French Culinary Institute (2007). She lives in Katonah, New York, with her two children.