MWA Speakers Bureau

Midwest Writers Association members accept speaking engagements locally and across the country. We have a wide range of experienced writers and authors who are experts in a tremendous variety of topics available to speak anywhere in the country.

NOTE: Midwest Writers Association offers this bureau as a service to its members and to the community. Listing in this directory of speakers should not be considered an endorsement by the Midwest Writers Association. All speakers have provided Midwest Writers Association with references, and will provide them to any interested party upon request. Speakers’ fees are to be negotiated directly with the speaker.

We are adding speakers all the time, so please continue to check back frequently!

Member/Speaker: Cynthia Clampitt

About the speaker: Clampitt is a writer, world traveler, and food historian. She has visited 37 countries on 6 continents. An experienced and popular speaker, Clampitt was featured in the 2012 LACONI “Best of the Best” review of programs and speakers and, in 2013, was chosen for the Illinois Humanities Council “Road Scholars” program.

Topics/Program Titles: Waltzing Australia; Mongolia: The Farthest Horizon; Travel Savvy; Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum (history of rum)

Fee: Yes

Would like permission to sell books: Yes

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Member/Speaker: Barbara Barnett

About the speaker: Barnett is an author, entertainment/pop culture journalist and media strategist. Executive Editor of Blogcritics magazine, she covers television and pop culture. She’s interviewed numerous hollywood celebrities, writers and producers, and is the author of the definitive book on the television series House, M.D. She is about to launchGrannyCentric: For the 21st Century Woman of a “Certain Age.”

Barnett is also a professional Jewish educator and is a contributer to the book Spiritual Pregnancy (Llewellyn Worldwide, January 2014).

Topics/Program Titles: “The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture,” “From Oy to Icon: A Celebration of the Jewish Mother,” “The Synergy of Televison and Society: TV Medical Shows,” “Reflections of a Recidivist Fangirl: My Love Affair with Television Anti-Heroes,” “Being Jewish: A Journey of Time and Place,” “The Nine Month Sukkah: A Jewish Take on Pregnancy.”

Fee: Yes

Would like permission to sell books: Yes

To learn more:

Contact info:, 847-302-0895


Member/Speaker: Gerry Souter

About the speaker: Souter is a full time author, having had 52 books traditionally published since 1997. His subjects include American history, military history, fine arts, biography and essays. He is an experienced public speaker on a broad range of topics based on his world travels as a film maker, TV producer/director, international photojournalist and writer.

Topic(s)/Program Titles: Four Paths to Publishing, The Happiness and Horrors of Book Promotion

Fee: Yes

Would like permission to sell books: Yes

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Contact info: 847-398-3074 (cell), 847-398-1087 (office)


Member/Speaker: Cyndee Schaffer

About the speaker:  Schaffer has been a high school teacher and corporate trainer.  Then she turned her attention to writing a memoir with her 91 year old mother about her WWII experiences as a member of the Women’s Army Corps stationed in Europe.  “Mollie’s War” is the result of this endeavor.  Schaffer speaks to organizations about WACs providing a glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history.

Topic(s)/Program Titles: The Journey to Mollie’s War: From Inspiration to Publication

Fee: Yes

Would like permission to sell books: Yes

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Member/ speaker: Candace George Thompson

Topic: “The Gift of Story: Capturing and Preserving Family Memories”

Discover easy ways to capture family memories in this interactive workshop. Candace George Thompson, author of the award-winning family saga “Still Having Fun, a Portrait of the Military Marriage of Rex and Bettie George, 1941-2007,” shares family traditions and habits for documenting every-day life, such as special event letters and a memory jar. Leave with concrete ideas and resources for engaging your entire family.

Fee: yes

Permission to sell: yes:

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