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Here you will find a carefully curated collection of some of Michele Weldon’s ongoing work as a nonfiction author,  journalist, essayist, seminar leader and public speaker as well as select work from books, essays, keynotes, workshops, editorial consultation, opeds and more. You can purchase her books here. Contact: Twitter: @micheleweldon

Listen to June 2019 “Airtime” podcast on “Escape Points”

opplpicWatch video of presentation to NU Council of 100, November 2017.

See clips from her NU Summer Writers Workshop 2015.

Listen to her presentation and reading from Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, October 23, 2015

Watch a clip from Journalism & Women Symposium 2014 panel on online harassment with Mary C. Curtis and Susy Schultz.


“Not Laughing, Domestic Violence Is Not Joke,” The Hill, November 22, 2019

“I Go Swimming To Try To Forget,” NBC Think, October 6, 2019

“The Indelible Memory of Assault,” Pacific Standard, June 27. 2019

“Finding The Positive in Negative Space,” Pacific Standard, May 29, 2019

“The Heroine That Every Woman Over 50 Needs,” Considerable, March 15, 2019.

Read the three weekly columns at Take The Lead’s Movement Blog.

“The Growing Power of Women Over 60,” Considerable, March 19, 2019

Last Word Column Archive, West Suburban Living, March 2019

“Is That All There Is? Finding My Purpose,” Forbes, February 19, 2019

“Do These 5 Things To Be Happier As You Age,” Considerable, January 17, 2019

“Online Dating After 50,” Considerable, February 12, 2019


“Why Would Women Lie?” USA Today, November 16, 2018

“The Role Of Women’s Anger,” Pacific Standard Magazine, September 2018

“A For Effort, F for Execution: Grading The NYT OpEd,” The Hill, September 2018:

“Stop Telling Women They Are Too Old To Wear Something,” NBC News, August 2018

“Odd Woman Out: Favoritism in The Workplace,” Fairygodboss, June 2018

“Will Silver Hair Help or Hurt Your Career?” Ladders, May 2018

“Ready To Go Viral? Here’s How You Should Dress At Work,” Fairygodboss, May 2018

“The Most Effective Way To Combat Age Discrimination at Work,” Fairygodboss, April 2018

“Rob Porter Shows How Far We’ll Go To Silence Victims” Time Magazine, February 2018

“Find Your Voice: Women Tech Entrepreneurs Speak Out,” Huffington Post, January 2018

Take The Lead Women’s Movement Blog

Read all Michele Weldon’s Fairygodboss articles here

Archived West Suburban Living Monthly Columns 2018 here

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Get Real: Holiday Snapshots of Motherhood Not All They Seem, Los Angeles Review of Books, December 25, 2017.

Huffington Post Columns on Women in Business.

“How I Raised 3 Feminist Sons,” Fairygodboss, December 2017.

“Karaoke in The Kitchen,” Last Word Column, West Suburban Living, November/December 2017.

“Pay Attention,” Last Word Column, West Suburban Living, October 2017.

“Any Volunteers?” Last Word Column, West Suburban Living, September 2017.

msArchived Monthly Columns, West Suburban Living, 2017.

“Age Defying: More Older Women in The Workplace,” Medium, August 23, 2017.

Column in Medium, “I Never Apologized For My Father,” June 15, 2017.

Listen to her conversation with Amy Guth on WGN Radio on memoir writing, June 10, 2017.

Column in Fairygodboss: “Joke’s on You,” June 10, 2017.

Column in The Ladders, “Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Being Likeable At Work.” May 9, 2017.

Column in Garnet News, “Single Mothers Balancing Professional Lives,” March 21, 2017.

Column in Women’s E News, “10 Leadership Lessons from Beauty & The Beast,” March 23, 2017.

Writers Resist in Chicago, January 2017.

Read her latest weekly columns on Take The Lead’s Movement Blog.

Michele Weldon headshots by Elizabeth McQuern August 2017 - 12016:

Archived collection of  weekly Take The Lead columns, February 2, 2016 through present

Column on Thrive Global, “Why Are We Surprised by News Of Domestic Violence?”, December 9, 2016

Column in Motto/,” Sexism Isn’t A Women’s Issue,” October 10, 2016

Column on Medium, “‘No One Looks Like Me’: Why We Need More Women of Color in Leadership,” September 30, 2016

Column in Huffington Post, “Reframe The Convo: From Having It All to Valuing Care,” September 29, 2016

Join me and several nationally acclaimed freelance journalists discussing the state of freelance writing, editing and more. Column in Washington Post,“Why Are American Mothers Rarely Portrayed as Competent?” May 17, 2016

Column in Huffington Post, “My 5 Best Mother’s Day Gifts and Why,” May 2, 2016

Column in Medium, “Truth Wins: Takedown of Hastert Proves He Can’t Escape Sexual Assault of Minors,” April 27, 2016

Column in USA Today, “Catholic Families Need More From Pope Francis,” April 10, 2016

Column in Pacific Standard Magazine,” How Raising Sons Shapes a Different Kind of Love,” March 28, 2016

Column in, “How Does A Single Mom Raise A Good Man?” January 5, 2016


Column for Books By Women, “Lessons Learned From Writing a Memoir or Two,” November 17, 2015.

Column in, “Parenting While Single,” October 29, 2015

Column in Medium, “Stand Ins Wanted for 3 Playful Boys,” October 7, 2015

Column in Huffington Post, “7 Things Wrestling Taught My Sons That I Could Not,” September 8, 2015

Quartz, “Yes, Women can have it all, so why can’t Hollywood show working moms with happy families?” August 21, 2015

Excerpt from Escape Points, August 31, 2015,  “A Wrestling Mom Tussles With Cauliflower Ear,” Narratively.

Excerpt from Escape Points, August 31, @015, “The Challenges of Dating as A Single Mid-Life Mom,” Next Avenue, PBS.

Starred Review, Booklist, August 27, 2015.

My column in Cosmopolitan, August 17, 2015, Roller Derby.

My column in Cosmopolitan, July 14, 2015, “13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Had Sons.”

Column in Medium, “Fathers: Lost and Found,”  June 15, 2015

Column in, “Stop Saying Moms Can’t Be Ambitious”,  June 11, 2015

Oped in Chicago Tribune, “Why The Hastert Allegations Are About More Than 1 Man,” June 7, 2015

Kirkus Reviews on  Escape Points: A Memoir ; Book Launch September 1, 2015

escapepointsfinalcoverColumn in Chicago Tribune,”In Praise of Those Who Stay,” May 6, 2015.

Keynote, Indiana University Northwest, Gender, Justice and The Media Conference, March 12, 2015.

Honoree, Bubble Ball, Between Friends, March 7, 2015.


Column in Medium, “Is It What It is? A Crisis Year for Discerning The Truth,” December 30, 2014.

Column co-authored with Deborah Douglas in Pacific Standard Magazine, “Two Executions and The Unity of Mourning,” August 22, 2014

Essay on graduation in Medium June 27, 2014.

Mentioned in Soraya Chemaly’s column.

Read Pacific Standard Magazine on Fatherless Doom, 6/12/2014.

Read  Talking Points Memo on Jill Abramson’s firing 5/23/2014.

Read “Good Mothers Die” in Medium May 8, 2014.

Read “Your Brain on Story” in Pacific Standard 4/24/2014.
Michele Weldon was co-director of TEDXNorthwesternU 2014 April 12 in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum. Click for the 9 talks plus her intro.

Watch Medill Talks (February 27, 2014) that Weldon directed and also delivered, “Your Brain On Story.”

Read about Tiger Moms in The Guardian on January 9, 2014.


Weldon on breast cancer awareness and the prevention trap In October 2013.

Discussion on WBEZ on “A call for different voices.” September 2013.

Weldon published a piece on age and gender perceptions Sept. 4, 2013 in Quartz  with Diana Nyad as the news hook.

Her oped, “Doctors and teachers deserve more confidentiality than journalists?” ran in the August 21, 2013

Clearing the dark cloud of mistrust among journalists” was Weldon’s oped in AlJazeera English August 15, 2013.

Read her oped for CNN 7.9.2013:  “For working moms, it’s about ‘and,’ not ‘or.’”

Read her Huffington Post Father’s Day piece.  Also in HuffPo, a journalist’s thank you note.


Read her CNN  piece June 18, 2013 on Nigella Lawson and domestic abuse.

Read Father’s Day piece in New York Times.

Read about take your parents to work, or stay at home for elder care day.

Read her piece in Slate on women who are hot messes, April 5, 2013.

Read her oped in the Christian Science Monitor, ”Fallout from Olympic Wrestling Takedown,” on February 25, 2013, was reprinted in dozens of newspapers and prompted a guest spot on Wisconsin Public Radio.


Read oped on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and women in media in Al Jazeera on 2/25/2013.

Michele Weldon’s piece in Al Jazeera on January 9, 2013 on the Steubenville, Ohio rape was the lead oped.

Read about Adam Lanza’s mother in womensnews  in December 2012.

Read about the gender gap in Al Jazeera October 24, 2012.

Authors walk the walk. in Huffington Post October 2013. 

Read all her Huffington Post columns here.

Read Father’s Day opinion piece in Chicago Tribune, 6.11.2011

Listen to a discussion on WBEZ-Fm’s 848 regarding media bias:
Interview with Weldon about first person narrative journalism in Imagination Publishing:

Read a blog about her work as a journalist and author.

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  • Escape Points: A Memoir

    “I don’t know how Michele Weldon made wrestling, breast cancer, and single parenting tie together so naturally, so beautifully, but in fact each is a perfect metaphor for this book’s message of soulful triumph.” —Elizabeth Berg, bestselling author of The Dream Lover From the September 2015 Starred Review for Booklist: “Journalist and single mother Weldon {Continue Reading}

  • Just Me and My Three Sons Audible Book

    Listen to an excerpt from the Shebooks e-book, “Just Me and My Three Sons.”

  • Just Me And My Three Sons

    In this fresh and honest follow up to her best-selling memoir, I Closed My Eyes, Weldon writes about raising her three sons in the absence of a ghost father. Facing new health and emotional challenges with the help of her family and friends, she struggles to keep focus on raising her teenage sons to be good men in the aftermath of parental abandonment.

  • I Closed My Eyes

    Publisher’s Weekly called the 1999 creative nonfiction memoir “a gripping personal story,” while Booklist wrote, “Michele Weldon is an intelligent, self-confident talented journalist… Weldon’s memoir is written better than most and carries a strong message.”

  • Writing to Save Your Life

    Reaching the No. 5 spot on in June 2002, this classic guide to personal narrative continues to sell briskly and earn kudos from bloggers around the world.

  • Everyman News

    The winner of the 2009 National Federation of Press Women Award for best nonfiction book, this groundbreaking work uncovers the growth of narrative and anecdotal writing in American newspapers in the first part of the 21st century.

  • Wrestling Mom

    Candidly and honestly, this site looks at the joys and difficulties of raising three athletic sons, while striving in a career and recovering from cancer.

  • Chapters

    As a contributor to several books and anthologies, Weldon has written essays about the future of journalism as well as personal explorations, all of it nonfiction work.  

  • Editorial Consultation

    Whether adding her wry commentary as a magazine columnist, contributing essays, profiles and trend stories for newspapers and websites, or researching academic works, Weldon is a prolific nonfiction storyteller.

  • Multimedia

    This is my Moth Storytelling Debut taped in Chicgao in March 2011 with the theme of “Animals.” My piece is called, “I Lied About the Reindeer.”