In Person

I speak at public events on topics ranging from journalistic ethics to writing with humor. Past appearances include:

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  • Moderator, Arts & Lectures Inaugural Book Club, November 2014
  • Speaker, ProChoice Coalition's Great American Write In, August 2014
  • Moderator: Babes, Books & Booze, July 2014
  • Interviewer, CALM Celebrity Authors' Luncheon, March 2014
  • Host, Broads & Barrels book-signing, Feb. 2014
  • Featured speaker, Camarillo Democrats Club, June 2013
  • Panelist, Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 2013
  • Emcee, Annual Democratic Party of SB County Roosevelt-Hamer dinner, May 2013
  • Keynote speaker, UCSB Professional Women's Association Conference, May 2013
  • Featured speaker, Art Career Day Conference, Santa Barbara City College, April 2013
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Photo by R.S. Thurston
  • Guest speaker, Laguna Blanca School, February, 2012
  • Guest speaker, American Women in Communication Women of Achievement Awards luncheon, May 2012
  • Honoree, American Women in Communication Women of Achievement Awards luncheon, May 2011
  • Panelist, UCSB Reads discussion, SB Public Library, April 2011
  • Featured author, CALM Authors Luncheon, March 2011
  • Panelist with bestselling novelist Jane Heller and Shape Magazine columnist Jenna McCarthy at Planned Parenthood's Choice Affairs authors salon "Love, Laughs & Life as We See It", April 2010
  • Featured speaker, student body assembly, Laguna Blanca High School, February 2010
  • Featured speaker, Screenwriters Association of Santa Barbara, Borders, November 2009
  • Featured speaker, private luncheon, Domestic Violence Solutions, Santa Barbara Club, October 2009
  • Moderator, "Women's Mysteries" authors panel, Cafe Shell, October 2009
  • Panelist, New Authors panel, Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, September 2009
  • Panelist, Women's Literature, Ventura Book Festival, Crowne Plaza Hotel, July 2009
  • Featured speaker, Cupcakes for Cancer Luncheon, Coach House, Santa Ynez, May 2009
  • Moderator, "Best Kept Secrets" Book Tea and Authors Panel, Cafe Shell, May 2009
  • Guest author, Santa Barbara City College Creative Writing program, Fé Bland Forum, March 2009
  • Featured author with Lisa See ("Peony in Love") and David Lawrence ("Boy Eats World") for the annual Author Luncheon of the Brandeis University National Women's Committee, Ventura Chapter. March 2009
  • Guest speaker for the Ventura County Writers Club. Topic: Column Me Crazy: Why Column-Writing Is a Dream Gig. March 2009
  • Introduction of Anna Quindlen for UCSB Arts & Lectures, Feburary 2009
Starshine with Anna Quindlen
  • Guest speaker, Santa Barbara Humanist Society, 2008
  • Judge, Reel Loud Film Festival, UCSB, 2008
  • Celebrity guest, American Women in Communication, Santa Barbara chapter meeting, 2008
  • Book signing, Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival, 2007
  • Guest speaker, Santa Barbara Women's Health & Wellness Symposium, 2007
  • Guest speaker, Senior Summer School, 2007
  • Guest speaker, Santa Barbara Council for Self-Esteem, 2007
  • Author/speaker, Women's Literary Festival, 2007
  • Guest, "Creative Community" television series, Channel 21, 2007
  • Series host, "Santa Barbara Connection" television series, Channel 17, 2007-2008
  • Story reading, "Hocus Bogus," Borders Books, 2006


For speaking rates and availability, please contact me.

"Keep writing, talking, and sharing your observations as you are the bright spot for all your readers."


Dan V.


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