Thank you for presenting, Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson on June 20, 2017. This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to learn the little known story of Mrs. Wilson’s extraordinary story.

Of the sixty-eight people in attendance for this program, forty-three people completed an evaluation. Attendees were asked the question “Did this presentation meet your expectations?” and asked to rate it on a scale of 0-10. An average score according to their responses was 9.8. When attendees were asked the question “How effective was the speaker?” an average score according to their responses was 9.8. When attendees were asked the question “Would you recommend this program to a friend?”, all respondents but one indicated that they would recommend this program to a friend.

Marci Buerger Mt Prospect Library
Some of the comments included:

Outstanding! Insightful, energetic presentation
Fast paced!
Fascinating topic! Presenter engaged audience well
Absolutely great-Fun and informative
Making history come alive! Way to go! Super!
Knowledgeable and insightful
Interesting topic-Great presentation
Engaging style-Appropriate humor-Good flow in presentation
Learned a great deal-Very enjoyable!
Very informative and entertaining
Very good
This was great! Never knew about her!
Excited to hear of the unspoken roles of women
Very in-depth and enjoyable presentation
Very interesting-Great interaction with the crowd
Thought provoking-Very comprehensive and interesting-Great speaker
Very interesting-Never knew anything about Edith Wilson

SELLING YOUR WRITING TO THE MOVIES! (NEW PROGRAM)William Hazelgrove has sold three novels to the movies with his latest Real Santa going to the Producers of Modern Family. In this free wheeling seminar on selling your book to the movies he will cover what studios are looking for in high concept movies and the process of getting the right people to look at your work.

GETTING PUBLISHED IN THE DIGITAL AGEPublishing has changed and publishing has never before been more exciting and more confusing. Should you go traditional? Should you go right to Kindle? How do you get the attention of editors who are overwhelmed with submissions? How hard is it to publish a Kindle book on Amazon? What are the economics of publishing today? Is it more profitable to publish directly to Kindle or go traditional? How long should you wait? Bestselling Novelist William Hazelgrove answers these questions in more in his seminar on Digital Publishing

Ok. You have have just published your Kindle book…now what? How do you sell against the millions of other books out there? How can you draw attention to yourself? Bestselling Novelist William Hazelgrove gives a seminar on the latest tactics in selling ebooks. He covers social media, subscription services, and face to face selling to boostores. His techniques are proven and give the new author a fighting chance to make his or her book stand out among the rest.

You just cant finish the darn thing. Many writers begin novels but never see the finish line. Sixty percent of all novels are never finished. Why? Bestselling Novelist William Hazelgrove gives you the tools to get the job done in his Novel Seminar. Rewriting, plotting, characters, editing are covered in this lively seminar where William Hazelgrove uses his experience and wisdom to get you to the finish line.

      Presentation Menu For Libraries

Selling Your Writing in the Age of Social Media


There’s really only one way to sell your writing today: on the Internet. Best-selling novelist, William Hazelgrove has used the power of social media to secure media and build sales for his five novels. Hazelgrove will show what it takes to get started and how to put – and keep – your name in front of readers.

Finding the Novel Inside of You.


We all have a novel inside of us. It’s that story burning to be told. Hazelgrove tells the secrets and method to get started on that idea and keep at it through the first draft and subsequent revisions. He also covers the “ins-and-outs” of getting published, sharing stories of paperback auctions, movie options and his first big contract.


For Young Adults & Teens


Reading Well to Write Well


Hazelgrove takes students on a reading and writing journey they won’t soon forget. He stresses the connections between books and writing and shows how a quality book helps produce quality writing. He interacts with the audience, incorporating writing exercises and feedback. He also shares his journey as a novelist.


Did You Ever Think of Writing a Memoir?

Did you ever think about writing about your own life? Your  own life could be a great story. Novelist William Hazelgrove has written a memoir along with seven published novels and can take you from the first draft to rewriting. Learn the technique of Memoir Writing with a professional who has been published with major publishers and knows what it takes to produce a memoir that will sell. Research, plotting, technique, dialog and getting published are covered in this exciting presentation.

 Libraries Presented

DeKalb Library  S

Winfield Library

Eisenhower Library S

Westmont Library

Bartlett Library

Oak Park Library

Deerfield Library

Indian trails library

Elk Grove Village 

Lincolnwood Library

Forest Park Library

Aurora Library

Aurora Library south branch

Elgin Public Library

Lisle Library

Burbank Library




“William did a great job helping aspiring writers not only learn more about their craft, but also the realities of what it takes to be a writer in today’s market. Well done.”
Kay Palacek Deerfield Public Library

William Hazelgrove has a way of talking with prospective writers in a way that makes them feel like they are getting advice from a friend. His open way of leading the discussion had patrons asking questions and talking about their own struggles. The advice Mr. Hazelgrove gave to each of us in attendance is sure to be very helpful in our future writing endeavors.

Hannah Berry
Young Adult Librarian
Aurora Public Library

Mr. Hazelgrove tells it like it is with humor and inspiration. Every writer – from the newbies to those with numerous publications – can learn something from his Selling Your Writing in the Age of Social Media presentation.                                                                      Susan Gibberman  Shaumburg Township Library

“William Hazelgrove’s presentation on writing a memoir was well-received – he offered helpful writing tips and insider information on becoming a published author.”
Gail Graziani Westmont Library

“Thanks for a great workshop! Your audience was highly enthusiastic about the benefits.”
Debbie Prieser Oak Park Library


“Mr. Hazelgrove’s presentation reinforced a lot of what we teach about in our reading and writing classes.” – Ali Tannenbaum


“I liked that Bill talked about how he kept a journal of advice based on rejection letters he had received, and that he became a better writer because of that.  It showed the students that writing is a journey and no one is good at first and that you get better along the way.” – Lynn Bruno


“I liked that the students were able to see a manuscript and all of the editing that goes into great writing.” -Beth Ewoldt Hadley Jr. High


“Mr. Hazelgrove’s presentation was engaging, motivating, interactive, informative and humorous.  I loved it!” -Brett Cooper Hadley Jr. High


“Bill really drove home the point to our students that writing the first draft is not the meat of writing.  Rewriting is.”- Denise Capenigro Hadley Jr. High


“Bill’s presentation really connected to our students interest level and skill level.  They knew exactly what he was referring to and they could relate to it personally.  It was truly on the mark!” – Patty Jurczak Hadley Jr. High


“Author William Hazelgrove truly inspired and motivated our Creative Writing classes with his presentation at our school this spring”.

Maggie Bellinger
Bartlett HS, Bartlett, IL


Thank you so much for visiting us here at the Morton East Library Media Center! The students enjoyed your presentation. The opportunity to meet a professional author is truly something that they appreciate. I know that you captivated and inspired many of them to pursue their own writing.

                                                                                                                                                                   Patrick Glazik Library Media Specialist/Morton East HS


“I would highly recommend this program. We had wonderful turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves. “

Linda Schehl, Helen Plum Library Head of Adult Services


“In all the years I’ve been moderating, your presentation stands out from all the rest…filled with inspiration, helpful hints and good advice that I have never before heard by any of our writers.

 – Caryl Mobley, Programming

Arlington Heights Public Library

Thanks again for joining us for Writers Week. I don’t know if you realize this but you have a pretty strong state presence. You seemed very confident up there. And this is what the students said too. Your session was one of the highlights of the week.”

Tony Romano

William Fremd High School


“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for agreeing to share your life with us. I’m certain that each student listened intently to your talk about the ups and downs of the writing business. Further, I believe you inspired a good number of them to consider a career in writing. Don’t be surprised if we call upon you in the future!”

Elaine Glenn

Librarian Oak Park and River Forest High School

Hi Bill,

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful presentation you did at our Library a couple of weeks ago. It was well received and you provided a wonderful lecture.



Adult Programming Coordinator
Deerfield Public Library
920 N. Waukegan Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015
847.945.3311-main number



Past and Present Library Programs

DeKalb Library

Winfield Library

Westmont Library

Eisenhower Library

Bartlett Library

Aurora Library

Indian Trails Library

Inside Writing and Reading  Helen Plum Library

Inside Writing and Reading Schaumburg Library

Oak Park Public Library

Addison Public Library

Aurora Public Library

Elgin Public Library




Scheduled Libraries

Oct 14 Barnes and Noble Geneva 1PM Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Oct 17 University Club Luncheon for release of Al Capone
Oct 17 Cigar Society 7 PM Al Capone
Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Oct 21 Barnes and Noble crystal lake 1-4
Oct 22 Barnes and Noble Naperville 1-4
Oct 23 Chuck Wilder Radio Interview
Oct 26 Elk Grove Library Al Capone and 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Oct 28 Barnes and Noble Geneva 10 AM Al Capone
Oct 28 Barnes and Noble 5 PM Dundee Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Nov 4 Barnes and Noble Dundee 1 PM
Nov 6 Algonguin Library 7 PM Teddy Roosevelt out West
Nov 11 Barnes and Noble Oakbrook 1 PM
Nov 15 Highland Park Library Madam President Morning 10 AM
Nov 18 Barnes and Noble vernon hills al capone and the 1933 worlds fair 1 pm
Dec 2nd The Book Store 1 PM Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair ‘
Dec 4 Lagrange Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Dec 7 Burbank Library 7 pm Al Capone
jan 9 Wooddale Library 7 Pm Al capone
Jan 13 Aurora Library 2 30 PM Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds
Jan 17 Crystal lake library book club 9 30 am
Jan 18 Riverside Library 7 PM Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Jan 21 Michigan City Library capone
Jan 23 Cigar Society 5 30 PM Teddy Roosevelt
Jan 25 Book Club Cheney Mansion 1030 AM Oak Park
Jan 25 Lombard Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Jan 30 Crystal Lake Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds fair 7 PM
Feb 1 Mchenry Library Forging a President How the Wild West Created Teddy Roosevelt
Feb 8 Crystal Lake Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Feb 12 Forest Park Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Feb 14 Deerfield Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Feb 15 Evergreen Park Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Feb 22 Oak Park Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7PM
Feb 24 Chicago Historical Museum Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Feb 20 Prospect Heights Library Al Capone 7 PM
Winfield Library Spring date to be determined Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
Clarendon Hills Library Spring 2018 Al Capone Date to be determined
Brookfield Library Spring 2018 date to be determined
March 8 Oak Lawn Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
March 20 Warrenville Library Inside Reading and Writing 7Pm
March 21 Cafe Presentation Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair
March 22n Algonquin Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7PM
May 14 Eisenhower Library Finishing your novel 7 PM
May 25 River Forest Library Forging a President 7PM
June 5th Bloomingdale library Al Capone and 33 Worlds Fair 7 PM
July 18 Rolling Meadows Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair 7 PM
Morton Grove Public Library Al Capone and the 1933 Worlds Fair Date to be set
Palos Hills Library Date to be set in spring
Woodridge Library Date to be determined 2018