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Partial List of Past Events UCLA Classes Carolyn's Calendar
About the Author and Speaker Endorsements of Carolyn's Events Other Classes and Seminars

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Why Hire a Professional Speaker General Speaking and Performing Resume
Recommendations from Program Directors Praise from Attendees at Carolyn's Engagements


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Coming Events and Appearances
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Partial List of Past Events
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Publicity & Appearances

Carolyn has appeared on hundreds of TV programs, radio stations--
both national and local--expos, book fairs, panels and more. Here is a partial list:

Featured Readings

Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Griffith Park, LA; The Great Salt Lake Book Festival, SLC, UT; Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA, Frugal Frigate, Redlands, CA, Penelope's Book Café Gallery, LaCanada-Flintridge, CA, Inland Empire Bookfest, San Bernardino, CA. The Desert Woman Newspaper Annual Book Lovers Luncheon, Palm Desert and return visits, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club Reading for Literacy Day, Palm Springs and Cathedral City, CA; .Three Faces of Tolerance. presented by The Glendale Coalition for Human Equality and The Friends of the Glendale Library;

Print Media

Glendale News-Press (LA Times Affiliate): Front Page, color picture, theme tolerance. March 16, 2001. Community Forum, March 19, Featured article with picture. Subject: Letters-to the editor response. LA Daily News: January 29, 2001. With picture. Subject: Quasi Memoir, never too late to follow a dream; Pasadena Star News & Associated Papers: Arts and Entertainment, Sunday Dec. 2, .Author revisits The Place. The Desert Woman. MAGAZINES: Nevada Woman, monthly magazine, Interview by Jon Bastian with picture. May 2001. UCLA Writers Quarterly, several issues, Ventura County Star, Interview by Lisa Osborne, May 2008;. Ventura County Star, Interview by Lisa Osborne, May 2008; both the Frugal Editor ; "Life's Little Banquets" (full page and cover), The Pasadena Weekly,


Author Carolyn Howard- Johnson and Debra Eckerling of Write On! Online, at Amy Ferris's event for her memoir Marrying George Clooney. Read the Write On! Author Q&A with Amy Ferris ("Marrying George Clooney") here:



Go to others' readings, workshops, and signings. The networking possibilities are endless!

 Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site. 


 June 26, 2008; and  the Frugal Book Promoter, The Robesonian (North Carolina), front page article by p.m. terrell, and many more.


Coffee Break. WLTZ-NBC, interviewed by Kathy Anderson; Tape Available. .Gateways,. Glendale Cable, Interviewed by Ann Ransford, tape Available. Nationally syndicated .Connie Martinson Talks Books;. .Edna Talks,. Local Cable. Interviewed by Peter Kulevich, CBS2 Nightly News, Palm Springs, CA. TV .Gateways,. Glendale Channel 15, ˝ hour interview, 2004": National Armenian TV, poetry reading. Also national commercial TV ads for Time Life CDs, Lenscrafters, Apple Computers, Disney Cruises (Japan).


Joe Mazza Show. Syndicated 430 stations, 1 hour interview, return invitation to discuss my cookbook. .Jane Prince-Jones Show,. KFZO, Lubbock, TX and several return engagements. .The Don Russell Show,. WSTC/WNLK, Norwalk, CT. .Book Crazy,. KCTK960, Phoenix, AZ, Debbie Neckle Reviewer. KDSL Talk Radio, Salt Lake City, UT., Lyle Morris, interviewer, tapes Available. .Chuck Baker Show,. hottalk1460, Colorado Springs, CO. .The John Taylor and Jay Bailey Early Morning Show,. WORC1310, Worcester, MA. .The Nick D and Garry Lee Show., WGN, Chicago, IL. .The Jim Robey Show,. WCBC, Cumberland, MD. .The Evie Ybarra Show,. KVTA Ventura, Ca. three appearances. The Demitri Vassilaras Show, WWVA, West VA. .Prime Time Drive,. hosted by Steve Bowers, News-Talk 101.5 FM, Jackson, TN. .Talk with John Quintaine,. WJCW 910AM, Jonesborough, TN. Lee Mirabal Show, WSRadio. .News/Talk. with Harrell Carter, WNWs, 101.5 FM, Jackson, TN, and more. The Maxine Thompson Show, streamed on, VoiceofAmerica, archived at "Lubbock in the AM," KFYO, multiple appearances, Business Dialogue, with Barry Allen, KFNX 1100; Beyond Words with Fran Halpern at NPR affiliated NPR affiliate, 88.3 in Ventura County & 102.3 in Santa Barbara County.

More than 100 online streaming shows.


Library Journal, Midwest Review, The Book Reporter, USA Book News, Foreword, Sormag, The Jamaican Review. Web: Sime-,,,, and at least 100 other review sites. Interviews: Nevada Woman,, National Assoc. of Women Writers; reviewed by Donna McCrohan Rosenthall for the Ridgecrest News Review, Jan. 2008; and hundreds of others, online and in print. .


UCLA Extension’s Writers. Program Instructor from 2004 to present; Awarded UCLA Extension’s Instructor Development Program certificate March, 2005; founder/facilitator of Glendale Library Critique Group. Workshops, Panels at bookstores like Vroman’s in Pasadena; Audioclass Series for Double Dragon Press. Amazon to Your Advantage Audios for Authors’ Coalition, Pen USA Fellows speaker, Antioch University, two years. Guest Lecturer for UCLA Instructors Eve Caram, Pam Kelly. UCLA Career Day panelist, two years.

 Presenter Trade Shows , Expos, Book Fairs, Libraries

 Featured author/signing, SPAN booth;; Featured Speaker, Great Salt Lake Book Fair; and San Bernardino Book Fair; LA Times/UCLA Book Festival; Panel Moderator at Call to Arts Expo, 2004, Pasadena Convention Center; Panelist at UCLA's Fall Book Faire.. Small Publishers of North America College (SPAN), Atlanta, GA; Romance Writers of America, Orange County Chapter, 2001, San Diego Chapter, 2007; Authors and Arts Series, Glendale City Public Library; The Monrovia City Library Speaker Series, American Women in Business, and numerous book discussion groups. Book Publicists of Southern California, 2006, 2008; American Board of Hypnotists Conference, Nevada’s Writer’s Conference, Dayton University’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Conference (two separate conferences) , San Diego State University’s Writers’ Conference, West Hollywood Book Fair, 2005, 2007, Duarte Book Fair, Diamond Bar Book Fair, American Board of Hypnotists, Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference, Vroman’s Bookstore (Panel); Publishers and Writers of San Diego; Pen & Paper Symposium, Dayton, OH; Southern Book Fair, Nashville, TN, California Writers Club, Sierra Branch, Ridgecrest, CA;, Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Conference, 2010. Founder Roman Retreat with Eve Caram; Book 'Em, North Carolina, three panels.

Retail Seminar Presenter

The California Gift Show; The LA Mart; California Marketing Center; National Stationery Show, 2010, 2011.


Book Expo America back of hall, 2001, Chicago, Ill, June, Biblio booth, BEA, 2007, USA Book News booth, BEA, 2008. Waldenbooks: Los Angeles (Macy's Plaza), CA; Burbank, CA.; Thousand Oaks, CA; Brea, CA; Downey, CA; Lakewood, CA; Montebello, CA; Palmdale, CA.; Orange, CA; Baldwin Hills, CA; Provo, UT; Murray, UT; Columbus, GA; Norcross, GA; Atlanta, GA: Duluth, GA; San Bernardino, CA; Palm Desert, CA; Moreno Valley, CA; Brentano's: Sherman Oaks, CA; Atlanta, GA; Glendale Community College Bookstore and more.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson speaking to the Book Publicists of Southern California in 2008. Subject? Making a book fair booth sizzle.

What People Are Saying
Carolyn's Events

From two conference reports by Tim Bete,
Director of the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.
No attributions are available because comments were made anonymously.

From the 2006 Conference Report

"AMAZING! The most informative session of the convention."

"Carolyn is enthusiastic and knowledgeable and seems very open to the people in her workshop both during the class and after"

"Great presentation! The information was clear and well-presented. I came away from her class with a solid understanding of how to market myself as a writer, how to build a media kit and how to build on the information as resources grow."

"Ms. Howard-Johnson is an exceptional teacher with superior organizational skills who presents tons of information in a easily digestible way and in a short time."

"I learned more from this single session than I have learned any other workshop in my lifetime."

"The woman really knows her stuff!"

"This was by far the best session I attended. Jam packed with incredible information..."

From the 2008 Conference Report

"Best session of the weekend. Very helpful with constructive suggestions."

"I will take every class Carolyn has. She has such a practical eye and really understands the need of writers."

"Very beautiful and gracious lady that was EXTREMELY helpful! This workshop was another one that offered solid, concrete help...

"Carolyn gave hands-on specific information and advice that I can put to use in taking the next step in my writing career."

More from program directors.

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Carolyn Loved Being a UCLA Instructor

Writers and Authors!

If you'd like me to come speak at a writer's conference in your area
to share topics I taught
at UCLA,please let your program director know!

Carolyn was an instructor for the Writers' Program since for nearly a decade where she regularly received exemplary student ratings. She has also presented at many writing conferences sponsored by US universities and served as guest speaker for university instructors like Eve Caram, a UCLA award-winning instructor and author of Goodbye Corpus Christi.  She  is proud of the Certificate of Completion she earned from UCLA's Instructor Development Program (2005) where both the master teachers and fellow instructors were outstanding!

"I come away with inspiration and knowledge I never expected to glean
(not to mention the extensive handout information)."
~ Michael J. Wallach, student and author, UCLA Weekend Promotion Seminar

Carolyn often is asked to be a guest speaker for other instructors


Carolyn with UCLA Master Instructor Pam Kelly at her UCLA Extension class on speaking, May, 2008. She has also served as a guest for Eve LaSalle Caram who teaches for UCLA, Cal State University at Northridge and Los Angeles Community College and is winner of UCLA Writers' Program Best Instructor of the Year award.

Letter with Evaluations from Pam's Class

Greetings Carolyn!
I just received the evals from my UCLA course.. .  .19 had something to say about the guest lecturers [you and two others] - all in praise.  
great addition to the class
appreciated feedback
added to my satisfaction
knowledgeable, engaging
excellent and informative
gave outside perspective and brings real-life element to class
very good speakers and real life experiences great
excellent, expertise
added a different and valuable dimension
Thank you so much for adding so much to this wonderful group of speakers!
Pam Gilbreath Kelly
"Communicate Powerfully; Powerfully Create the Future!"
Pamela Kelly, UCLA Extension Master Teacher, Success Tracs Coach
and Author of Award-Winning "Speak with Passion, Speak with Power!"
Look for Courses - Sign up for Tip of the Month -  Pamela Kelly Communications. Call 562-599-1462.

Other Classes and Seminars

Sometimes Carolyn appears at events from afar.
With thanks to others who recommend her work.

From Pen USA's 2007 Fellowship Program's Seminar
on Promotion at Antioch University.

"Carolyn takes the shame out of shameless self-promotion. 
Her Do-It-Yourself approach to marketing quelled my technophobia
and reassured me that I can and must be my own publicist."
~ Alisha Westerman,  
2007 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow

About The Author/Speaker

As a college freshman, Carolyn Howard-Johnson was the youngest person ever hired as a staff writer for the Salt Lake Tribune--"A Great Pulitzer Prize Winning Newspaper"-- where she wrote features for the society page and a column under the name of Debra Paige. She gave her first speech as a professional (representing the Salt Lake Tribune) at the age of eighteen to a high school assembly in Magna, Utah. Very scary, indeed. 

In high school she gave readings and participated in retold story events statewide.  One of Carolyn's many majors before settling on English Literature was teaching. For short stints she taught in Pittsfield, MA, and Glendale, CA at both the junior high and grade school levels. She was an instructor for UCLA Extension's world-renowned Writers' Program and speaks at seminars at writers' conferences and book fairs nationally, at retail and book tradeshows, and for writers clubs and other organizations including Toastmasters' groups.  

Carolyn has also appeared on more than 300 radio and TV shows to promote her novel, book of creative nonfiction, poetry chapbook and her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers. She has appeared in commercial TV ads like Time-Life's CD infomercial and a print ad for Apple's laptop.  She has also appeared in national and international TV spots for Disney Cruises (Japan), Lenscrafters, Marlboro, Blue Shield, and others.

Carolyn was honored as Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award by California Legislature members, Carol Liu, Dario Frommer and Jack Scott. She is the recipient her community's Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance,  her community's Diamond Award for the Arts, and was named to Pasadena Weekly's list of "San Gabriel Valley Women Who Make Life Happen." Learn about her many other awards.

 The author/speaker edits a newsletter, "Sharing with Writers."

Carolyn's Industry-Focused
Media Kits

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Links for media kits:

Resume focused on Carolyn's acting and modeling at LA Casting for photographers, casting directors, producers and others. (Agent Tag Models, 323-602-0344

Media kit including Carolyn's presentation skills for writers' conference, book fair program directors, and tradeshow planners.

Media Kit focused on Carolyn's writing for editors, producers, agents and Webmasters.

Media Kit focused on Carolyn's Poetry and Literary Works.

Media kit focused on Carolyn's retail industry experience as a writer, a speaker, and founder and owner of her own small chain of retail stores.

Click here to know more about Carolyn's Events, Appearances and Teaching.

Click here for a selection of Carolyn's  Published Works.

Click here for story ideas for the media.

Click here for Carolyn's first person essay, "Beating Time at Its Own Game."

Buy Links for Carolyn's Books

Great Fiction
HARKENING at Amazon in their new and used feature.
Both of these books are out of print. They are available only on Amazon's New and Used feature for about $1.

Great Poetry
Purchase TRACINGS (Finishing Line Press) at Amazon.
IMPERFECT ECHOES: Writing Truth and Justice with Capital Letters,
lie and oppression with Small

Give the gift of poetry with a chapbook from Magdalena Ball's
My Celebration Series

CHERISHED PULSE: Unconventional Love Poetry
IMAGINING THE FUTURE: Ruminations on Fathers and Other Masculine Apparitions
SHE WORE EMERALD THEN: Reflections on Motherhood
BLOOMING RED: Christmas Poetry for the Rational
DEEPER INTO THE POND: Celebration of Femininity
SUBLIME PLANET: Celebrating Earth and the Universe

HowToDoItFrugally Series for Writers
Second Edition

Survive and Thrive Series of HowToDoItFrugally Books for Retailers

Most of Carolyn's books are also available for the Kindle reader.
Did you know that with the Free app, Kindle can be adapted to any reader--even your PC!

"Careers that are not fed die as readily as
any living organism given no sustenance." 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Studio photography by Uriah Carr
3 Dimensional Book Cover Images by iFOGO
Logo by Lloyd King

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"I have been a professional writer 40 years, and am also a tenured full professor of journalism. Carolyn's Sharing with Writers newsletter is  most useful for me--and for my students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another 100% out there called promotion. Carolyn shows numerous ways to get the message to the mass media."
~Walter Brasch, author and educator

Find Carolyn on the Web

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As You Browse...

You will find at least one promotion, writing, reading or tech tip on every page on this site. Sometimes you'll find, two or three! Happy browsing and collecting!


"You are what I describe as an energy-giver. So many people today are energy-drainers."
~ Dorothea Helms, Dayton University workshop attendee

"I enjoyed enjoy listening to your valuable information and meeting you [on Saturday.] I am so glad I pushed myself out the door that morning…
Janice Mueller, attendee given by Publishers and Writers, San Diego

"I caught you at the Erma conference in 2006 and love your work... I constantly learn from you. "
~ Jennifer Brown, Facebook friend and Dayton University's Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.

Video Clips

Find TV/Video Clip with BestSeller TV Host Rey Ybarra  Here:

A Selection of Carolyn's Past Speaking Engagements

National Stationery Show May 17-20, 2009 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY Consider this a business essential.

Presenter 2009, 2010

Presenter, 2008, 09, 10, 11

Panel moderator, 2007

National Span College
presenter 2002

Fellows presenter, 2007, 08

Co-sponsor and presenter,
2007, 08, 09, 10, 11

University of Dayton Erma Bombeck Writers' Conference, 2006, 2008

Sisters in Crime,
Pasadena, 2009

On the Los Angeles Valley College Campus 2012, Rancho Library 2013,
Valley College Spring 2014

Wisconsin Regional Writers Association
Presenter, Keynote 2010

Book 'Em, NC,
Three Panels 2013

Presenter, 2013

Seminar Speaker, 2014

Keynote, 2013; 2014

Secrets of Great
Dialogue, 2015

Digging Up Memories and Bringing the Dead Back to Life

Frugal Book Promotion.
Judith Briles' Extravaganza,
Denver, CO, 2016

Learn more about Carolyn's conferences.

Trailer for Retail Books

Authors Broadcast for reasonably priced and thoroughly professional video book trailers.

Carolyn's Awards

Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More

The New Book Review
Named to
Master's in Online Universities'

101 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers

Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
Sharing with Writers blog.


Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008) and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter (2011).


Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor

New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor

Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award

Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.

A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010


Gold Medal Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010. MWSA also gave a nod to She Wore Emerald Then, a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.

The Frugal Editor Named #! on Top Ten Editing Books list.

Finalist New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book Promoter; Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor;
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor

The Oxford Award
the alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of service to her community and who, through the years, devotes her talents to improve the quality of life around her.

The Frugal Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for the Los Angeles Book Festival 2012 awards.

Glendale City Seal
Winner Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts
Glendale California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Glendale Library,

And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry. See the awards page on this site.

Published Works Almanac

Carolyn's Awards

Other Interests



Carolyn's Poetry

Imperfect Echoes
Celebration Series

Carolyn's Literary Works

This is the Place
Published Shorter Works

Carolyn's How to Do it Frugally Series

For Writers
For Retailers


One of the best entertainment values around are free readings -- from open mics for poetry readings to readings from novels at bookstores. One of my favorites was a reading by Carolyn See at Vroman's. The entertainment was delightful and the free food  scrumptious! I've read from my work there a couple times and the crowd is always full of people you'd like to know.

 Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site. 

Carolyn's Calendar

Please click on my Google Calendar button to learn more about my upcoming UCLA Extension Writers' Program classes, my writers' conference and book fair appearances, and more.


Better Marketing with Permalinks

As a courtesy to your reader and to extend the life of your marketing efforts, use permalinks when you promote your reviews. Here's an article on using them in my free New Book Review blog.

 Find tips on writing, promotion or tech on every page of this Web site.