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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.

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Upcoming Events

Writing To Save Your Life Workshop

Wieboldt Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago


Veteran journalist and critically acclaimed author Michele Weldon will share specific tips and tools on how to jump start your writing, improve your storytelling across platforms, polish work you have completed or brainstorm ideas for new work.

The four-hour seminar includes dynamic instruction, interactive prompts and an opportunity to engage with the author as well as other writers. The workshop will address specifically prioritizing ideas; observation tools; writing description and action; story flow and organization; sentence and paragraph structure; time management; handling criticism and ways to share and publish your work. You will have time to write and share your work briefly.

“This workshop is about getting down to the business of making your work the best it can be in a supportive, creative space,” Weldon said.

Weldon’s recent memoir, Escape Points, won first place in memoir at The Great Midwestern Book Festival; was a finalist at Society of Midland Authors Annual Book Awards and Eric Hoffer Book Awards; and was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2015 by Booklist.

She taught journalism for 18 years on the undergraduate and graduate levels at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her work appears in outlets from New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, CNN, Slate, Narratively and Los Angeles Times to Medium, Thrive Global and Huffington Post. She has competed as a live storyteller with The Moth and more.

$199 includes the workshop plus a copy of her latest memoir, Escape Points.

Early bird and best friend discounts:
Register by 2/1 and receive the workshop plus book for $175.
Register with a friend and you will both receive the workshop plus book for $175 or a total of $350.
A light breakfast and snacks will be served. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. as we will start promptly at 9 a.m.

I look forward to writing with you!

Register at Brown paper Tickets:

Date: February 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 am
339 E. Chicago Avenue

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