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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.

Click here to sign up for Writing To Save Your Life Workshop 10/17/2015 in Chicago.

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

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 Main Branch, Oak Park


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
Oak Park

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 22, 2015
Time: 2:00 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

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, polish work you have completed or brainstorm ideas for new work.



The three-hour seminar includes dynamic instruction, interactive prompts and an opportunity to engage with the author as well as other writers. You may also submit up to 10 pages of a manuscript for a full critique returned to you via email within 30 days. 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.

“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 accolades from Kirkus, Booklist and other media. She taught journalism for 18 years on the undergraduate and graduate levels at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her work appears in scores of outlets from New York Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, CNN, Slate, Narratively and Los Angeles Times to, Medium and Huffington Post. She has also competed as a live storyteller with The Moth and more.

$199 includes the workshop plus full, written  critique of up to 10 pages of a manuscript returned within 30 days.

$150 covers the workshop only without the manuscript critique.

Early bird and best friend discounts: Register by 10/1 and receive the  workshop plus critique for $175 or the workshop alone for $135. Register with a friend and you will both receive the workshop plus critique for $175 or a  total of $350. If you and your friend do the workshop alone, it is $135 each or both for $270.

A light breakfast and snacks will be served.Please arrive at Room 504 in Wieboldt Hall, Northwestern University by 9:45 a.m. as we will start promptly at 10 a.m.

I look forward to writing with you! Click here to register.

Date: October 17, 2015
Time: 10:00 am
339 E. Chicago Avenue

Book Reading and Signing at Brookfield Public Library

Brookfield Public Library, Brookfield

Join me on Monday, November 16 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of Escape Points: A Memoir.

Books will be available for sale and signing from Anderson’s Bookshop in LaGrange.anderson3

Date: November 16, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
3609 Grand Blvd.

Expressing Motherhood Live Storytelling

Ruth Page Theater, Chicago

Please join me and nine other local parents in our tribute to parenting and live storytelling at The Ruth Page Theater in Chicago.

I will be telling the story, “Dating Mommy.”

Tickets available here. Choose either Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.. or Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Moth Storytelling by Michele Weldon

Date: November 6, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
1016 N. Dearborn Ave.

Between Friends Breakfast and Book Signing

North Shore Country Club, Glenview

Join author Michele Weldon discussing her latest book, Escape Points: A Memoir, at a benefit breakfast for Between Friends, a non-profit domestic violence services agency in Chicago. Weldon is also on the board of advisors for Between Friends. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
1340 Glenview Rd.

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