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  • Eileen is available to read from The Heroines or other work in person or via Skype.  She has read in many venues:  at bookstores, libraries, schools, alone or with other authors.  Open to also organizing readings for theme-centered events (such as writing process, motherhood, teaching, publishing).

Book Groups

  • Readers of The HeroinesEileen is available to discuss The Heroines in person (Chicago area) or via Skype.  She’s worked with individual book groups and libraries.  Handouts available, including discussion questions, dramatis personae (list of all the heroines in the book), and supplementary texts ("Deirdre of the Sorrows" story). 
  • "I got to sit in a room and listen to a published author speak about her work and her process, and hear her read from her latest novel-in-progress. Inspiration tingled through my veins. People asked questions. Some prattled on more than others. There was tea. There was wine. There, to my right, was a woman with her own ISBN number. My hero. Or, should I say, my heroine."  --Heidi Lading 
  • "Eileen made this evening our best book group ever!  Not only fun, but I learned so much about writing and the the creative process.  I'd never picked the brain of an author before.  Really, really good!"--Lenora Pizzello

School Visits

  • Eileen will lead a discussion of The Heroines, providing discussion questions and supplementary reading material. Click below for detailed lesson plan.
  • She's also available to run a creative writing workshop for your class, in prose or poetry, for elementary, middle, and high school students. 
  • She runs a killer workshop on grammar that will amuse and engage your students. 
  • Details at the Society of Children's Books Authors and Illustrators Speaker's Directory

Adult Workshops

  • Eileen has visited independent writing groups and provided feedback to participants on works-in-progress.
  • Eileen offers one-day workshops on different aspects of writing, including a course called “Dynamic Dialogue.” This can be done in person or via Skype.
  •  “In my writing group, Eileen has been a moderator. She has critiqued my work and provided me with new insights into it so I can tackle revisions and/or tweaks. It is always apparent that she has given the work conscientious consideration.”

--Ellen Beals, Publisher, Weighed Words LLC (academic)


  • Eileen has acted as a contest judge for undergraduates and graduates at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and for the Graham School at the University of Chicago. 


Click here to inquire about booking an event with Eileen.