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 Scheduled For Fall

DeKalb Library  Sept 17

Winfield Library Sept 23

Eisenhower Library Sept 29

Westmont Library Oct 4

Bartlett Library Oct 9

Oak Park Library Oct 11

Deerfield Library Oct 18

Indian trails library Oct 23

Elk Grove Village  Oct 27

Lincolnwood Library Nov 1

Forest Park Library Nov 4

Aurora Library November 6

Aurora Library south branch November 8

Elgin Public Library November 12

Lisle Library November 15

Burbank Library November 18




“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