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Bring Jennifer De Leon to Your College

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Jennifer De Leon is the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Framingham State University, and a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at Bay Path University, she has published prose in over a dozen literary journals and is a GrubStreet instructor and board member. Her essay collection, White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing, is the recipient of the Juniper Prize and will be published by UMass Press in Spring 2021. To learn more, you can read her extended bio here!

Available for…

  • Readings and Author Q&A
  • Teacher and administration professional development
  • Professional development at your company
  • General speaking engagements including keynotes, small group facilitation and large group facilitation
  • Conference sessions and panels
  • Classroom workshops (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)
  • Editorial feedback (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)

Speaking Menu

You can download Jennifer’s full speaking menu here! Jennifer’s speaking plans are flexible and she tailors each presentation to the specific school, university, or company.

Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? As a seasoned educator, Jennifer always happy to tailor her presentations and workshops based on curriculum needs, various class and audience sizes, and time restrictions. Contact her below and she’ll work with you to create the best experience possible!


Are you able to sign copies of of your books after the event? Happily! I love to follow in-person events with book signings. I do recommend ordering books from your local independent bookstore (or online) in advance, as warehouses tend to be slow in distributing books during these pandemic times.

How do you handle book signings for virtual events? If you order books through my local bookstore, Word on the Street, please specify in the checkout comments that you would like the book signed and to whom. Thank you for your support!

Do you allow recordings of your virtual presentations? I do, but only for internal sharing/use. Thank you in advance for respecting my work and time.

Our school/campus/company has a unique theme/topic/etc. Are you able to tailor a specific talk? Absolutely! Let’s discuss.

What is your speaking fee? My base rate for colleges is $2,000. If this doesn’t fit your budget, in particular if you represent a college or program isn’t often able to host authors, please still be in touch to see if we can work something out.

Do you offer other keynotes, workshops, seminars? All of the above! For a more extensive portfolio, please email me at or we can schedule a phone call.

I’d like to recommend you as a speaker elsewhere. How can I do so? Thank you so much! Truly. The best way to email me is via the form below or directly at


Book Jennifer Today!

  • Jenn DeLeon provided an engaging and inspirational workshop for Boston Latin Academy juniors entitled, JUMPSTART YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY. Given that the restrictions of the typical five-paragraph essay have silenced our students’ voices, creative, memoir-like writing has become a challenge. In our case, students struggle to find a topic that is compelling and relevant. In addition, knowing how to engage the admissions committee with just the right ingredients can make essay-writing problematic and cumbersome. From the start, Jenn captivated our students with her own writing. She provided handouts and a multi-media presentation that invited students to think about their own experiences, including the small but significant sensory details that make their stories unique. Jenn interacted with students individually, in small groups and in the large (150+ student audience) to stimulate their memories and awaken their imaginations. By the end of the three-hour session, each student departed with a draft that can be revised over the summer and in the fall. Moreover, students were invited to read their essays in open-mike style; and to our surprise, a number of students proudly came to the front to read their very private stories before their classmates. We plan to make this an annual event for our juniors. In the words of one student, "The workshop was awesome! Jenn was so amazing! We never write like that…and now we know that we can!"
    Esta MontanoEd. D., Director of Instruction, Boston Latin Academy Boston Public Schools
  • I know Jennifer’s point about not letting a narrative, large or small, be the final story, if it isn’t the way you want that story to end, resonated with all of us who heard her at Labouré. I think that point was particularly resonant for the many students who were in attendance and who are in our College’s high-stakes, professional programs. When Jennifer told us about how her first piece for Ms. Magazine came about only after much difficulty and great persistence, I am sure our students were nodding their heads in agreement as they pondered meeting thresholds in their professional programs, even while the pressures in their lives raised those thresholds higher and higher.
    Al DeCiccioVice President for Academic Affairs Labouré College
  • Thank you so much for that wonderful presentation today. I have heard many positive comments about it already. The prompts you used were perfect and they will work not only for the piece they are currently working on but for the next one which is “teacher lore." I appreciate your generosity in working with us. My schedule is still uncertain for the fall, but if I am teaching comp, I will use your book. Our theme (first year seminar/comp) is social class, and I think the book will work really well.
    Meg PetersenDirector, National Writing Project in New Hampshire