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Sue Hertz is the author of the recently released Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling (Sage/​CQ Press) and Caught in the Crossfire: A Year on Abortionís Front Line (Prentice Hall). Her work has appeared in regional and national publications, including Boston Magazine, the Boston Globe Magazine, Redbook, Parenting, House Beautiful, New England Monthly, and Walking. Her first years as a professional writer were spent penning features for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Hartford Courant, and The Herald in Everett, WA.

An associate professor at the University of New Hampshire, Hertz has led the double life of teacher-writer since 1985, bringing a working writer's experience to the classroom. She has served a variety of administrative posts, including director of the UNH undergraduate journalism program and director of the UNH MFA in Writing Program. She was the primary architect behind the creation of the MFA program, which attracts students from across the country and around the world. She has taught travel writing at Cambridge University in England and also in London.

She lives with her husband and two sons in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Selected Works

Yankee Magazine
Travel essay published in the anthology "Around the World."
How does one survive biking in Cambridge, the legendary English city of narrow, winding streets, congested traffic, bellowing drivers, and cows? Lots of cows.
Caught between caring for their parents and their own families, members of the sandwich generation struggle to cope with the many challenges of parenting a parent.
Can you be fit and fat? Contrary to common belief, yes you can.
Writer Sue Hertz explores a lifelong ambition Ė learning to sing on key. Can she? Will she?
With the help of an antiques dealer, nutritionist, and a medieval scholar, Carol Shea-Porter, who had never held public office, beat the Republican incumbent to represent her New Hampshire district in the U.S. Congress.
Remember the warmth, the closeness, the dailiness of the family meal? Neither do we. A Boston Magazine essay exploring the reasons behind the disappearing family dinner and the repercussions.
Hockey great Bobby Orr may have knees like no other, but that doesn't mean the rest of us haven't abused the joint beyond its intention.
Boston Globe Magazine cover story on the gentrification of this seaport city on the coast of New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Historical Society's regal home, one of the state's most renowned structures, celebrates its 100th birthday. The path to the creation of Concord's architectural gem was anything but smooth.
Book
Write Choices blasts through the boundaries between different forms of narrative nonfiction, focusing on the choices all writers of all forms make at every juncture, from choosing an idea, to collecting content, to creating a structure, to revising.
A powerful narrative illustrating the impact of abortion politics on women and health care workers.