Keynotes, Conferences, Workshops, and Manuscript Critiques

Keynotes? Conferences? Library and bookstore events?
Sure! Michelle speaks to both children and adults about the writing process, Dottie Kamenshek and the AAGPBL, Emma “Grandma” Gatewood who was the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail, raising rural readers, and about her 1894 schoolhouse restoration project. Fees vary depending upon location and type of group. See a list of Michelle’s previous speaking engagements at the bottom of this page. Contact Michelle directly to schedule.

I hear Michelle teaches workshops for other writers. 

Absolutely. From “what I wish someone had told me ten years ago” to “let’s take a look at this manuscript,” Michelle enjoys supporting other writers.

Writing Workshops


Upcoming Workshops/Meetings:

*FULL* March 16-18, 2018: Picture Book Revision Retreat  A weekend retreat at a Victorian Inn in Berne, Indiana. For all levels, revise a manuscript from rough draft to polished in a small group setting with help from Michelle Houts.  For more information, 2018 PB Retreat.

Is Michelle for hire for manuscript critiques?   Currently, Michelle is only critiquing for those who attend her workshops (included in the workshop fee is one critique) and for those in the two writing groups to which she belongs. For more information about where to find readers and critique partners, visit


Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Barnes and Noble, Rockford, IL
Bremen Public Library, Bremen, IN
The Book Stall, Winetka, IL
Michigan Farm Bureau, Lansing MI
The Bookshelf, Madeira, OH
Dekalb Co. Farm Bureau, Illinois
St. Jacob Brotherhood Father/Son Banquet
Sidney Applefest, Sidney, OH
Art Affair, Urbana, OH
Central Ohio Writing Awards, Dublin, OH
East Elementary Write Now Kick Off
Ohio International 4-H, Columbus, Ohio
Trinity Lutheran School, Marysville, Ohio
The Ohioana Book Festival, Columbus, Ohio
Wright State University, Lake Campus
Bridge Builders Sunday School
Kentucky Library Association/KSMA Conference
MAZZA Summer Institute, Writer’s Strand
Wright State University, Lake Campus
Books by the Banks Book Festival, Cincinnati
Ohio Educational Library Media Association
The Blue Marble Children’s Book Store – Fort Thomas KY
The Irving Club, Wapakoneta, OH
Claire’s Day Book Festival, Maumee, OH
After School Book Club, Fort Recovery, OH
Back to School with Books, Wright State University
Leota Braun Charitable Trust Foundation Annual Gala
Wood County Public Library, Bowling Green, OH
Truman State University Children’s Book Festival, Missouri
Barnes and Noble, Polaris, Columbus Ohio
Northern Kentucky University BookFest, keynote address
Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting -Chicago
Mercer County Genealogical Society

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