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Michelle Richmond - The Book Doctor. Paris, CA, FR

Michelle Richmond

Founder | The Book Doctor


Bestselling Author, Publisher, and Corporate Writing Retreat Leader



New York Times bestselling author and veteran writing teacher Michelle Richmond will bring her expertise in writing, publishing, and creativity to your corporate event or writers' group.

Corporations: Whether you’re seeking a great team building exercise or striving to streamline costs by helping your team members communicate more effectively, the Bay Area Book Doctor's Corporate Writing Seminars are a smart, cost-effective solution.

Writers' Groups: Get practical advice on writing, publishing, finding an agent, and more.

Michelle has published four books of fiction, including the international bestseller The Year of Fog. As the 2011 selection of Silicon Valley Reads, Michelle spoke with groups all over Silicon Valley, ranging in size from a dozen to four hundred. In addition to speaking at numerous writing conferences, she has led writing workshops at 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Gotham Writers' Workshop, the Northern California Writers Conference, and the Foothills Writers Conference. She has appeared on City Arts and Lectures, Talk of the Nation, KQED’s The Writer’s Block, and BBC News.

Michelle holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Miami, where she was a James Michener Fellow. She has served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary’s College of Moraga and Bowling Green State University, and currently holds the Sister Catharine Mary Cunningham Chair at Notre Dame de Namur University. She has taught in the Masters of Fine Arts programs in creative writing at the University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts.

Michelle is the author of four books of fiction, including the award-winning story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress and the international bestseller The Year of Fog. Her articles and essays have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies. She has written for Playboy, 7X7, The Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Lonely Planet, and many other publications. She currently blogs for the San Francisco Chronicle and is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.

Industry Expertise (2)


Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (2)

Writing Publishing Creativity


Accomplishments (6)

New York Times Bestselling Author (professional)

The Year of Fog spent six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold more than 750,000 copies in the US alone. The Marriage Pact was a Sunday Times Bestseller in the UK and was published in 30 languages. Her books have also been bestsellers in France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, and elsewhere.

2011 Selection of Silicon Valley Reads (professional)

The Year of Fog was the 2011 selection of Silicon Valley Reads, which brings together 15 cities to read one book. Michelle spoke to more than 30 audiences in two months, ranging in size from a dozen to more than 400.

Sister Catharine Mary Cunningham Chair, Notre Dame de Namur University (professional)

Hillsdale Award for Fiction (professional)

Recipient of the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers

Distinguished Visiting Writer, St. Mary's College of Moraga (professional)

Distinguished Visiting Writer, Bowling Green State University (professional)

Education (2)

University of Alabama: BA, English, Journalism 1992

University of Miami: MFA, Creative Writing 1998

James Michener Fellow

Affiliations (2)

  • Word of Mouth Bay Area
  • Authors Guild

Event Appearances (4)

From Somewhere Down South to South Beach: Straddling the Literary Divide

Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival  Carmel, California

Silicon Valley Reads 2011, In Conversation with San Jose Mercury Columnist Mike Cassidy

Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff  Heritage Theatre, Campbell, CA


Writing in a Cultural Context

Silicon Valley Reads  India Business and Professional Women, India Community Center, Milpitas, CA


City Arts & Lectures

In Conversation with Paul Auster  Herbst Theatre, San Francisco



  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance
  • Corporate Training


500 to 5000