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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.

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
Location:
711 Elgin Road
Evanston

Northwestern Summer Writers Conference Workshop

Wieboldt Hall, Northwestern University, Chicago

TeachingSprinkling in the Magic: Making Your Writing Publishable and Memorable

Learn different, specific techniques to polish your nonfiction writing, whether you are writing personal essays, opeds, memoir, longform narrative, books or other nonfiction works. Apply  the skills of great public speaking, reporting and storytelling to your work and enhance your writing skills to improve your rate of publishing success. From interactive experiments in description and dialogue to observation practices, in this workshop you will learn applicable methods that will improve your writing from an author of four books, award-winning journalist, essayist and live storyteller. Make your nonfiction writing shine with the tools gathered from fiction, oratory and performance.


Date: July 31, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Location:
339 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago

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
Location:
5233 N. Clark Street
Chicago

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
Location:
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
Location:
811 Elm Street
Winnetka

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
Location:
1712 Sherman Avenue
Evanston

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
Location:
2559 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee

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