Romance Writers of America: Orange County Chapter: OCC/RWA

• Taught a research workshop for authors. • Organized and hosted three separate all day workshops. Recounting life in medieval times, featuring historical re-enactors and historians. Recounting life in the Wild West, featuring historical re-enactors and historians. A new-age panel of clairvoyants, healers, spiritualists, and mediums. • Wrote monthly research column for chapter newsletter.

Northeast State Community University, Blountville, TN

• “Pirates and Pop Culture.” the school’s public series with the community. • “Pirate Flags and Their Meaning”. • “Pirate fantasy vs. reality: How much has Robert Lewis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island effect our perception of pirates?” • “Pirate weapons used on land and sea.” • “Believe it or not! Pirate ships were the first true democracy”. • Q & A session with the History and Theater department students on any piratical question. • A half hour interview on pirate history filmed at the school’s television studio.

Huntington Gardens and Library, San Marino CA

Huntington Explorers Day Camp: • Taught a daily three-week children’s summer program with a piratical theme, culminating in an actual treasure hunt among the orange grove on the grounds.

Torrance Library, Torrance, CA

• “Female Pirates: Not just a man’s game”.

The Discovery Cube OC formerly Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, CA

• As Gunner Gail recounted a child’s life and duties upon sailing ships, pirate, merchant, or navy with the use of artifacts.

Big Orange Book Festival, Chapman University, Orange, CA

• “Love is in the Air: Romance” Panel. • “Nonfiction: Writer Fact” Panel.

Huntington Gardens and Library, San Marino CA

Kids Pirate Sleep Over: • Created their original pirate name • Painted their personal pirate flags • Actual treasure hunt among the statues

LosCon Science Fiction Convention, Los Angeles CA

• Panel member discussing the business side of writing. • Panel member discussing the pros and cons of including historical figures in your story.

The Learning Tree, Chatsworth, CA

• “Pirates: Real Life on the Rolling Sea.” included artifacts. • A six-week workshop on character development and characterization for writers. • “The social, political, and economic ramifications of pirates throughout history”. • “Yes, secondary characters are crucial to your story”.

Cope Middle School, Redlands CA

As Gunner Gail recounted the history of children sailing on pirate, navy and merchant ships and why.

Huntington Gardens and Library, San Marino CA

Members Only Gallery Opening: • Demonstrated how feathers were fashioned and sharpened into writing quills. • Demonstrated how ink was made in the Middle Ages. • Taught Huntington members to write with feather quill.

Rotary Club, Arcadia, CA

“Pirates: Truth or Fiction?”

Barnes and Noble Bookstores: Woodlands Hills and Redlands, CA

• Children’s story time Pirate Day as Gunner Gail.