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

  • 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
  • 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
Starshine with Anna Quindlen
  • 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
  • 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.

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"I appreciate you, for using your talent to teach as well as for humor and the laughter I enjoy while reading your stories. You are a local treasure."


Betty H.



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