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, the life and art of Charley Harper, rural living, raising 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.  She periodically holds the following workshops:

Writing Children’s Books: Where Do I Begin – one day workshop

Picture Book Revision Retreats – Weekend intensive revision

Upcoming Workshops/Meetings:

There are no workshops currently scheduled. Check back here or email Michelle to be put on a list to be notified when a new workshop is planned.

Is Michelle for hire for manuscript critiques?

Currently, Michelle is only critiquing for those who attend her workshops (often 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