Write real.  Advertising can be a lot of things. Can live a lot of places. But whatever or wherever your advertising is, it has to start with a truth. Truth creates tension and spurs emotion. Emotion spurs action.

I am a tactical storyteller with a  talent for turning pivotal truths into brand advantages. WalshWorks is not just the name of my website. It’s my brand promise:  Words and ideas that work hard for your brand.

This website is divided into two sections: WalshWorks, my advertising portfolio. And WalshWords, a gallery of poetry, flash fiction, creative essays and more.


Walsh Works


Some clients I’ve worked with.  Use the WalshWorks dropdown menu above to see samples.


Walsh Words


It’s hard to imagine…

of the 171,476 words in current use in the English language,

the 47,156 obsolete words

and the 9,500 derivative words,

I will find the right ones.

Challenge accepted.

Welcome to the “Fine Arts” portion of my website. But realize: The same sort of mind that writes poetry, short fiction, screen plays and novels is uniquely suited to producing branded content, disruptive advertising, conceptual narratives and experiential storytelling that goes well beyond the ordinary.


(C)  2018 by Susan Walsh. All rights reserved on all content in this section. But feel free to send my link to friends and colleagues.


The first thing to know about me: It’s not about me. 

I don’t have to stand out. But my work has to be outstanding, so that my clients do.The other thing to know: I love the advertising business. What other profession allows you to learn so many random things?

For instance, did you know:

  • Dental implants were first done over 5000 years ago with tooth roots constructed from seashells.
  • Owens Corning products protect against temperatures from -450º to 1200º Fahrenheit.
  • Torque measures power. Acceleration measures speed.
  • The red wax that seals every bottle of Makers Mark Bourbon was the owner’s wife’s idea; she first heated it in a deep fryer.
  • Certain potatoes are engineered to include jellyfish DNA.

You never know when a random fact will trigger something no one has thought of before.



A piece of Sudden Fiction (under 750 words):   WALTER Opening for Bone Bayou Band Hallahan’s $25 dollars for center table tickets. June 29   We leapt onto the stage. All of us were there except Walter, star of the band and lead bass guitarist. Other than that and the fact I felt like puking, …

I Didn’t Know

A “list” poem, written a few years ago.   Green walls not green-shoot new-life green, rotting-flesh dying-toad green Hospital green,   I sit, eyes darting walls ceiling floor   bed brain dying, husband lying there, knowing pain   is the last to go names—mine, our daughter’s, his own— and streets and who’s president and how old are …