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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

Journalism And Women Symposium Freelance Free For All Workshop

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke

Freelance Free for All: So you want to freelance, maybe part time, maybe full time? Maybe you just got laid off and you’re freaking out. Come hear several panels on how to pitch, where to pitch, how much to charge and navigating through freelance contracts. There will be three 45-minute panels (followed by Q&A) and a practice Pitchapalooza. We’ll have a mix of panelists to discuss the topic, including freelance writers, copy editors, videographers and more. The workshop is offered 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and includes a box lunch. Please bring a laptop, tablet or notebook for notes and pitches. Registration is $85.

Join me and several nationally acclaimed freelance journalists discussing the state of freelance writing, editing and more.

Join me and several nationally acclaimed freelance journalists discussing the state of freelance writing, editing and more.

Date: October 28, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm
110 Shenandoah Ave NW

Owning The Power of Your Story: A Writing Workshop

University Of California Irivine, Irvine

In this interactive workshop on the sanctity of authentic narrative, you will learn tools and strategies for telling your personal story, whether for publication as essay or memoir, or for your personal clarity. Award-winning author, journalist and emerita faculty in journalism at Northwestern University Michele Weldon will offer useful strategies for uncovering your own story. (Participants will need pen, paper, as we will have non-digital writing prompts.)


Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 12:30 pm
School of Education 3200 Education

Public Lecture: “She Is One of Us: Dispelling the Myths of Domestic Violence and Embracing Solutions”

University of California Irvine Beckman Center, Irvine

A survivor of domestic violence, author and journalist Michele Weldon will address the cultural myths that surround victims and perpetrators and what we can all do to not only shift awareness but to work towards eliminating violence against women, children and men. A reception and book signing immediately follows the lecture.

Intro to Katha Pollitt event

Michele Weldon is emerita faculty in journalism at the Medill School, Northwestern University, where she taught for 18 years.  She is director of the Northwestern Public Voices Fellowship through The OpEd Project, where she is a senior leader teaching programs and fellowships at Princeton, Stanford, Wellesley and Cambridge universities and foundations including Whiting and Ms. foundations.  She is editorial director of Take The Lead Women, a nonprofit with the mission to achieve gender parity by 2025.

Weldon is the award-winning author of four nonfiction books, including her latest, Escape Points: A Memoir that was named one of the best books of 2015 by Booklist of the American Library Association. The book earned an Eric Hoffer Book Award in memoir and was a finalist in the Society of Midland Authors book awards. Her earlier books include the best-selling, I Closed My Eyes, (1999);  Writing To Save Your Life (2001) and Everyman News (2008).  She has contributed chapters in seven other books and anthologies.

Her commentary appears in outlets such as New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Cosmopolitan,  Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Pacific Standard, Quartz, Slate, and more. She serves on the advisory boards of Life Matters Media, Between Friends, Global Girl Media and Sarah’s Inn.  Weldon is a former board member of Journalism and Women Symposium and is the mother of three grown sons.


Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
100 Academy Drive

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