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Are you looking for an insightful, original speaker who will keep your audience on the edge of their seats? Then you'll love best-selling author William Martin.... an ideal keynoter for sophisticated groups who have seen and heard it all." - Sam Horn, 17-time Emcee of the Maui Writers Conference and author of POP.

Speaking about President Lincoln while President Bush listens, Kennebunkport Library gala, 2017.
President Bush laughs at one of my jokes.
Meeting the president and first lady before the talk.

William Martin lectures on a wide range of topics:

Bound for Gold San Francisco and the Gold Country: the American Adventure.


Where do You Get Your Ideas? A tour of places an author finds inspiration and a few lessons for folks in any field looking to tap their sources of personal creativity.


George Washington and Leadership: A Life in Five Acts


Lincoln and Liberty, Too! The arc of Lincoln's presidency, traced through rare Civil War photographs.


Boston's Back Bay: A City Grows Before Us A photographic tour of nineteenth-century Boston.


Some of the venues and events at which he has spoken over the years:
The New England Library Association Convention, (1980, 1991); the Boston Globe Book and Author Luncheons and Book Festivals (1984, 1987,1999, 2003); the Wellesley College Authors On Stage Series (1984, 1991); the Cleveland Plain Dealer Book and Author Series (1987, 1996); the Orlando Sentinel Book Fair, (1991); the Boston Atheneum Lectures on Catholicism in Boston (1989); the Massachusetts Historical Society(1993, 1999, 2007); the U.S.S. Constitution Museum Series, Authors at Sea, (1996); dinner speaker at the United States Naval Institute Conference at Annapolis (1997); the New-York Historical Society (1999); the Philadelphia Atheneum (1999); the Mount Vernon Conference on George Washington (1999); the Friends of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College (2001); the Society of the Cincinnati of New Hampshire (2002); the Harvard Clubs of Boston (2004) and of Long Island (2005); the NEH leadership seminar at Boston University (2005); the American College of Trial Lawyers convention in Boston, (2009); the annual meeting of the Nebraska Trial Lawyers Association (2010); the Decatur Book Fair sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, (2012); the National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress (2013); the Kennebunkport Library Foundation Gala (2017)...


He has also taught writing at the Northeastern University London Writers Workshop (1984); the Maui/Hawaii Writers Retreat and Conference (2006-09); Suffolk University, Boston (2007); the Harvard School of Continuing Education (2007); the Writer's Digest Online University and the annual Writer's Digest Conference (2015).