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I often speak to writers, teachers, librarians and the community at large. I share my Writer’s Journey and the stories behind my stories, reader-writer connections and my working knowledge of the Children's Book World.

Speaking program

Upcoming speaking engagements:

    To Be Announced

I recently presented at:

    Northwestern University Summer Writers Conference
  • Northwestern Summer Writers Conference, Chicago, Illinois
  • Off Campus Writers Workshop, Winnetka, Illinois
  • Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day 2015, Palatine, Illinois
  • The 2015 Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago, Illinois
  • SCBWI Europolitan Conference, Amsterdam, 2015
  • Prairie Writers Day 2014 badge
  • Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest 2015, Chicago, Illinois
  • Illinois School Library Media Association Conference
  • Prairie Writer’s and Illustrator’s Day 2014
  • Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest 2014, Chicago, Illinois
  • Anderson�s Bookshop, Naperville, Illinois
  • ISLMA 2014 badge
  • LaGrange-Naperville SCBWI-Illinois Network, Lisle, Illinois
  • The District #87 Young Authors Conference, Berkeley Illinois
  • The District #68 Young Authors Conference, Woodridge, Illinois
  • Lincoln Park Nursery School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Colorado Council International Reading Association
  • Printers Row Lit Fest 2012, Chicago, Illinois
  • IRA (International Reading Association Conference), McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
  • MD/DE/WVA SCBWI The Bishop Claggett Center in Buckeystown, MD
  • 2011 Mill Creek Literacy Institute Teacher Workshop
  • Printers Row Lit Fest - Make Your Mark 2011
  • Arkansas Reading Association
  • SCBWI IndianaHeartland badge
  • South Suburban (Illinois) Reading Council
  • Barnes & Noble, Dundee, IL
  • Barnes & Noble, Old Orchard, Skokie, IL
  • Starved Rock Reading Council�s Young Authors Conference
  • The St. Xavier College Harvest Literacy Festival
  • Northeastern University Alumni Educator Event
  • SCBWI-Illinois’ Prairie Writer’s Day
  • SCBWI-NevadaCCIRA badge
  • The 38th Summer SCBWI Conference, Los Angeles
  • The 2009 Annual Association of Jewish Libraries Conference
  • The 2009 Printers Row
  • The Chicago Humanities Festival
  • The Illinois School Library Media Association Conference
  • The Society of Midland Authors
  • The Seward Academy, Chicago: Creating Young Writers Workshop
  • SCBWI Carolinas
  • SCBWI-Northern CaliforniaAJL badge
  • Hug-A-Book Foundation Chicago, IL
  • Northwestern University, Arts and Crafts Conference Chicago, IL
  • SCBWI - Austin Austin, Texas
  • Scholastic Book Fairs Workshop UIC Chicago, IL
  • ABLE Kids’ Lit Conference Northeastern University
  • Advanced Reading Development Demonstration Project Chicago, IL
  • Judson University, Elgin, IL
  • The International Reading Association, Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, Featured Author
  • The Illinois Reading Council, Annual Conference
    Springfield, IL, Featured AuthorMagic of Springfield
  • The Missouri Reading Council, Annual Conference, Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Featured Author
  • The Illinois Young Authors Conference, Normal, IL Featured Author
  • The Illinois Book Fair, Springfield, IL, Featured Author/Workshop presenter
  • DePaul University, School of Education, Chicago, IL
  • University of Illinois, Circle Campus, School of Education, Chicago, IL
  • Off Campus Writers Workshop, Winnetka, IL
  • Chicago Women in Publishing, Chicago, IL
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne School, Chicago, IL, Teacher In-service
  • The Midwest Literary Festival, Aurora, IL
  • SCBWI Nevada
  • SCBWI, Los Angeles Annual Conference
  • SCBWI-Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAAWP Conference
  • SCBWI New York Metro
  • SCBWI-Arizona
  • SCBWI-Houston
  • The Terra Museum, Chicago, IL
  • The Public Library Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WAYoung Authors Conference
  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
  • Chicago Public Schools: Principal For A Day
  • Gregory Middle School, Naperville
ALA annual conference




AJL Conference



I have also been a Guest Speaker at:

  • Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
  • The International Reading Association, Annual Conference
    Orlando, FL
  • Northern Illinois University's Children's Literature Conference,
    DeKalb, IL
  • Butler University Children's Literature Conference,
    Indianapolis, IN
  • The Illinois Library Association, Annual Conference,
    Chicago, IL
  • The Illinois Public Library Association, Annual Conference,
    Chicago, IL
  • The Association of Jewish Libraries, Annual Conference,
    Toronto, Canada
  • Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Columbia College, Chicago, IL
  • National-Louis University, Chicago, IL
  • SCBWI-Florida
  • SCBWI-France
  • SCBWI-Illinois
  • SCBWI-Iowa
  • SCBWI-Michigan
  • National Writers Union, Chicago, IL
  • The Harold Washington Public Library, Chicago, IL
  • The Sulzer Library, Chicago, IL
  • The Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst, IL
  • The Evergreen Park Public Library, Evergreen Park, IL
  • The Hinsdale Public Library, Hinsdale, IL
  • The Mokena Public Library, Mokena, IL
  • The Mt. Prospect Public Library, Mt. Prospect, IL
  • The Plainfield Public Library Plainfield, IL
  • The Prairie Trails Public Library, Prairie Trails, IL
  • The Wilmette Public Library, Wilmette, IL
  • The Mt. Prospect Public Library, Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Temple Beth Or, Deerfield, IL
  • The Union League, Chicago, IL
  • The Friday Club, Chicago, IL
  • The Women's Resource Fair, Evanston, IL,

Regional Advisor


Midwest Literary Festival

ALA Conference 2009

Sydney Taylor Book Award

Thinking about booking me for your next conference or workshop?

“I've heard Esther speak in the past but I was overwhelmed by her ability to speak to such diverse interests and age groups at our recent Library program for both young writers and the public. She has such a wonderful personality and such knowledge and - above all - generosity. All ages benefitted from her kind, caring advice and mentoring. Thanks to Esther for a job superbly done!”

Debbie Colodny
Cook Memorial Public Library District
Libertyville, IL 60048

“The movies have Julia Roberts and the recording industry has Barbara Striesand.  Children's books have Esther Hershenhorn — a sweetheart all our own.  If you have the opportunity to hear her speak, seize it.  Her sincerity and devotion to children, teachers, and librarians is unparalleled.  Esther not only knows her craft, she knows how to help others understand and care about it, too.  The children's book community is better lit because Esther's star is shining within.”

Steven L. Layne, Ed.D.
National Literacy Consultant & Author
President, Illinois Reading Council

“Esther's warm, enthusiastic presentations to our members were well-received with rave reviews on our conference evaluations. Many said they felt more knowledgeable and inspired after her talks. Her handouts were packed with helpful information. Esther's nurturing personality and sense of humor are great assets for any writing event.”

Connie Heckert
Regional Advisor, SCBWI-Iowa

“I can whole-heartedly recommend Esther Hershenhorn as a presenter.  She has done several wonderful programs here at the Wilmette Library, generally about writing children's books.  Besides being inspirational and sincerely involved with both her subject matter and her audience, she is also thoroughly professional in all her business dealings.  She never shows a shred of ego and always encourages the success of others.  Her ultimate 'bottom line' is helping develop children's love of reading.”

Lauralyn Persson
Head of Youth Services
Wilmette Public Library
Wilmette, IL

"When Esther speaks about writing, the audience listens.  Her generosity offers insight into both the practical and magical aspects of craft and she leaves all audience members confident about Possibility.  Her personal journey of tenacity serves as an exemplary model for beginning and experienced writers alike.  That Esther is also entertaining and warm becomes the wonderful bonus all attendees can't help but enjoy.  Esther is the rare combination of a writer who truly knows how to teach, and a teacher who truly knows how to write." 

Kerry Leaf
President, Off-Campus Writers
Winnetka, IL

For a description of my fees and travel expenses, contact me at: esthersh@aol.com.

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