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Michele Weldon is available for speaking engagements, keynotes, panels, coaching  and workshops. Her interactive workshops will give you the tools you need to begin a memoir, write publishable essays or nonfiction books. Workshops are held throughout the country through special arrangement for groups of 10-50. She is also available to speak on a number of topics from media and journalism to gender, diversity, fairness, women’s issues, the humanities and popular culture. Customized keynote addresses or workshops from one to three hours are also an option. Click here to see a list of Michele’s past keynote addresses.

Click here to contact All American Speakers Bureau to book an engagement.

Click here to watch excerpt from NU Summer Writers Conference 2015.

Upcoming Events

CIC Music Education Conference

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Evanston

“Loud and Clear: Making Your Ideas Heard In The Media and Beyond” will be a look at how and why academics and researchers need to enter into the public conversation about critical issues in music and education.

Date: October 8, 2015
Time: 12:00 am
711 Elgin Road

Book Signing, Escape Points, Women & Children First

Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago

I will read from my latest book and talk about the process of writing a second memoir. cwip_5677

Date: September 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
5233 N. Clark Street

Book Discussion of Escape Points with Coach Powell

The Oak Park Public Library, Oak Park, Illinois

IMG_2116Join the Huskies Wrestling Family in celebrating the launch of “Escape Points: A Memoir,” a book that celebrates the wider definition of family and the influence of Coach Mike Powell on the lives of my sons. Coach Powell will be on hand to talk about his role in helping so many young men become their better selves.

Date: September 20, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
834 Lake Street.,
Oak Park, Illinois

Book Signing at The Book Stall, Winnetka, Ill.

The Book Stall, Winnetka

Read the latest review from Kirkus Reviews. escapepointsfinalcover

Date: September 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
811 Elm Street

Author Interview and Book Launch Party at Bookends & Beginnings

Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston

Please come and celebrate with friends, family and colleagues at one of the country’s greatest independent book stores. Following a highly interactive interview with the author, we toast the author’s latest memoir with food and spirits. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 5:45 pm
1712 Sherman Avenue

Book Signing at Boswell Book Co., Milwaukee

Boswell Book Co., Milwaukee

Please join the author for an evening of conversation, reading and discussion about her latest memoir, Escape Points. Intro to Katha Pollitt event

Date: September 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
2559 N. Downer Ave.

Book Reading and Signing at Anderson’s

Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville

Hear from the author talking about her latest memoir, Escape Points, on its release date. Be among the first to hear about challenges of writing the book and also listen to her read excerpts and answer questions. Michele Weldon. September 2014. [Photo by Karen Kring]

Date: September 1, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
123 W. Jefferson Avenue

Leadership Illinois Panel

American Hospital Association, Room 400, Chicago

Join me and fellow journalists for a panel on our role in media and leadership, “A Return on Passion.”nuq215

Date: September 15, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
155 N. Wacker Drive

Journalism & Women Symposium Books & Browse

Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

The Annual Books and Browse events celebrating the latest works of author members will kickoff the first day of mentoring camp. Michele Weldon will be signings copies of her latest book, Escape Points: A Memoir.


Date: October 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 pm
2 Fairway Drive

Book Signing at Prairie Lights

Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City

Join Michele Weldon at Iowa City’s independent bookstore since 1978 for a signing of her latest book, Escape Points: A Memoir.


Date: October 23, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
15 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City

Keynote, Stand Tall With Sarah’s Inn Fundraiser

Wire, Berwyn

Join us to celebrate and support the work of Sarah’s Inn, a nonprofit with the mission to improve the lives of those affected by domestic violence and to break the cycle of violence for future generations.


Date: October 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
6815 W. Roosevelt Rd.

St.Giles Women’s Council Keynote on Domestic Violence

Oak Park Public Library, O


Please join us for a keynote by Michele Weldon, “She Is One Of Us,” plus discussion and book signing by the author.

Date: October 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
834 Lake Street.,

Between Friends Breakfast

Sunset Ridge Country Club, Northfield

Join us for a conversation with Author Michele Weldon, Advisory Council member for Between Friends,
to discuss designing a life after domestic violence and working to create a culture that is violence-free.

Light breakfast
and mimosas will be served. Weldon will share excerpts from her latest book, “Escape Points: A Memoir,” available for sale.

Michele Weldon. September 2014. [Photo by Karen Kring]

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 9:00 am
2100 Sunset Ridge Rd.

Miami Book Fair International 2015 Presentation

The Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College, Miami

Author Michele Weldon will present, “The Selflessness of Memoir: Beyond Memory and Into Meaning,” at the 32nd annual 2015 Miami Book Fair International.


Date: November 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
300 NE Second Avenue

Savannah Book Festival Presentation

Savannah Book Festival, Savannah

Joining more than 40 authors of all genres, Weldon will present her insights and offerings on the writing of memoir and personal journalism in a 40-minute talk, followed by Q & A.


Date: February 13, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm
One Diamond Causeway

Speech & Lecture Topics

Writing, Media & Journalism

  • A Memoir Is More Than Writing Memories
  • Undercovered Issues in Media Today
  • Social Media Musts: How Twitter and Facebook are Critical Journalistic Tools
  • The Gender Gap in Media Voices
  • Achieving Excellence in Writing and Multimedia Reporting
  • The Architecture of Story
  • The Thread of Narrative in Publishing from Blogs to Books in a Storytelling Culture
  • How Your Media Brand Can Excel
  • Training Executives to Deal with Media
  • How to Interview for Media Content
  • Creating a Portfolio Career as a Writer
  • Why That Now: Multimedia Choices for Content Production
  • You News: The Role of the Individual in Today’s Media
  • Disruptive Change in 21st Century Media and What it Means To You
  • Chasing Audiences to Tell Your Story
  • Writing For Food: Diversifying Your Talents as a Writer
  • The Latest 20 Trends in Media Today

Women’s Issues

  • She is One Of Us: The Pervasiveness of Domestic Violence
  • The Young & The Fearless: Addressing & Preventing Domestic Violence Among Teens
  • Mythbusters: Everything You Need to Know about Domestic Violence Facts
  • The Courage to Tell: How Telling Your Story Empowers Others
  • A World of Good Men: How Mentoring Can Help Stop Domestic Violence
  • The Life After: What Comes Next After Domestic Violence
  • Truth Is An Ally: Living Authentically
  • I Love the Way You Lie: How Popular Culture Distorts Relationships
  • Raising Children Alone: Finding Support in Community and Power in Yourself