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