Kathleen Melin, Author and Educator


I offer presentations and seminars in three areas: writing, publishing, and home-based learning. Seminars are specific to topic and group, and from one hour to full weekend experiences. I’ve presented at libraries, schools, books clubs, statewide conferences, and festivals for large intergenerational gatherings to small homogeneous focused groups.


  • Book talks
  • Experiential Writing and Craft seminars


  • Information on the industry
  • Avenues to publishing

Home-based learning — inspiration, information, and support in seminars such as the following:

  • Writing Development: Joyful and Inspired
  • How Kids Make Their Own Curriculums
  • Kids and Nature:  For health, creativity, and the future of the planet
  • On Being Our Own Education Experts


Author Appearance (internet), University of Maryland, Graduate Program in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, April 10, 2018.

“Nanowrimo:  A Novel Writing Seminar,” Osceola Public Library, Osceola, WI, November 16, 2015

“Publish Your Book!” Saint Croix Falls Public Library, Saint Croix Falls, WI, September 14, 2015

“Kids and Nature:  An essential connection for health, creativity, and the future of the planet,” Polk County Energy Fair, Saint Croix Falls, WI, August 21, 2010

Valley Reading Group, Presentation, Saint Croix Falls, WI August 2009

“What was that like?” A Conversation and Presentation at the Centuria Library, Centuria, WI, January 13, 2009

Book Group Presentation:  By Heart:  A mother’s story of children and learning at home. Chicks on Bikes and Chick with Books, Two Harbors, MN, November 2009.

“How we learned,” Conversation and Presentation at Luck Library, Luck, WI, November 14, 2009.

Autumn Fest, Saint Croix Falls, WI, September 26, 2009.

“Kids and Nature:  For health, creativity, and the future of the planet,” Soupstock, Turtle Lake, WI, September 19, 2009.

“Keeping Kids Connected With Nature,” Northwestern Wisconsin Sustainable Living Fair, Ladysmith, WI, July 25, 2009.

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers, Keynote speaker, Richmond, VA, May 22-24, 2009.

“On Being Our Own Education Experts,” Luck Library, Luck, WI, May 2009.

“How Kids Make Their Own Curriculums” Osceola Public Library, Osceola, WI, April 2009

Author-Exhibitor-Speaker, Northern Core, Duluth, MN, March 13, 2009

The Northwest Children’s Book Conference, Hayward, WI, October 3, 2008.

Midwest Booksellers Association Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 27–27, 2008


Kathleen presented at the St. Croix Falls Public Library on a panel with three local writers for a Publish Your Book program last fall.  She spoke in depth about the publishing industry and process, from the big national to the small personal. Kathleen’s professional approach was welcoming and included many opportunities for participants to “pick her brain” regarding topics of specific interest.  She’s a valuable resource for anyone considering taking the next steps in writing and publishing.  

Sarah Adams, Librarian, Saint Croix Falls,

I approached Kathleen Melin because I needed a published author to speak at my library for National Novel Writing Month. She was recommend to me by a colleague and I was very happy with the choice. I found the experience pleasant. Kathleen is kind, easy going and drew a large crowd. Her presentation and workshop was educational and fun for those who participated. I would certainly recommend Kathleen to those who need a knowledgeable presenter in the writing and publishing field.

Rebekah Palmer, Librarian, Osceola Public Library