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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.

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).