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May 21 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:30 pm EDT

Meeting Location:
  • Hybrid
The Muse Writers Center
2200 Colonial Ave, Suite #3
Norfolk, VA 23517 United States

Melissa Page Book Launch and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading by longtime Muse member and friend Melissa Page Deutsch from her latest book, This SLP Life, published by ASHA Press. Following the reading there will be a Q&A; attendees will also be invited to participate in a sample coaching exercise from the book. This event will be held in person at The Muse and copies of the book will be available for purchase. See the Muse’s current Covid-19 policies.

For those who are not able to attend in person, you can register here to attend via Zoom.

“This is not a ‘self-improvement’ book. Grounded in the message that we’re already enough, each chapter shows us how to listen deeply to ourselves, to trust what we hear, and to turn that wisdom into action.”

— Kate Cox, MS, CCC-SLP

About the book:

This SLP Life: Powerful Self-Care Practices to Embrace Change is for anyone looking for the courage and tools to figure out how to step into their next chapter while being true to themselves. It is chock full of coaching exercises to address finding your values, listening to your whole body, determining your boundaries and making a plan that works for you. Melissa Page weaves together her skills as a life coach and her experience as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) as she explores the question of how to thrive in the midst of change across the professional lifespan. Though written with SLPs in mind, this book is a valuable tool for anyone facing a professional or personal transition, regardless of background.

The manuscript for this book was completed just as a global pandemic began to turn our lives upside-down. With all the change around us, you may find This SLP Life to be both timely and helpful. But, even when times are not so uncertain, this book was written specifically to help you discover your inner resources and to help you find new purpose and vision for your life.

About the author:

Melissa Page Deutsch (she/her), M.S., CCC-SLP, CPCC, ACC, is a credentialed personal development coach, licensed speech-language pathologist, and author of This SLP Life: Powerful Self-Care Practices to Embrace Change. Her work has been published in international journals and she has spoken nationally on creative and empowering ways to manage burnout, professional transitions, and the inner critic. Her innovative personal development workshops are praised for their creativity, practicality, and lasting impact on attendees. Her work as a speech-language pathologist has included clinical work with individuals and groups spanning ages and diagnoses in tertiary care hospitals, rehabilitation, private practice, and university clinics, as well as academic work as a clinical supervisor of graduate students and researcher. Melissa draws on her experience and expertise in communication and cognition, as well as superb listening skills, in her life’s work to appreciate and encourage the best in individuals and groups. She earned a B.A in French from Davidson College and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a long-time Muse student and supporter. Melissa has two adult children and lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband and two dogs. You can reach her at


About the publisher:

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. ASHA Press is their in-house publishing press.

Please note: This class or event is hybrid. Some attendees will be in-person and some will attend online. Currently, you do not have to show proof of vaccination to attend events or visit our center. Please read all our re-opening guidelines and important information before you visit, and be aware that there may be a limited number of seats available. If you are participating online (using Zoom or a similar live platform), students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.