Carol O'Hara

Carol O'Hara
member for over 26 years

Member Since: Jan 1992

Carol O’Hara founded Cat*Tale Press in 1990 as a vehicle for publishing her books. She has been writing more than 40 years and is a private writing instructor as well as a writing class instructor for college adult education programs. She has edited and consulted on writing-related subjects for clients throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom and has published four personal experience books – two on writing (one a regional best-seller), a book of animal antics, and a cookbook. She has spoken at Reader's Digest conferences in several locales throughout the United States and presented programs on writing and self-publishing to colleges, universities, and associations within America's boundaries. Carol has also directed or co-directed writing conferences for colleges, universities, and associations, including two aboard cruise liners.

Carol, a Tucson, Arizona native, who has won awards for her writing and editing, has written numerous articles for newspapers and periodicals including The Arizona Daily Star and the Sacramento (CA) Bee, Arizona Highways, International Travel News, Nevada Magazine, Open World, Steinway and Sons, and Writer’s Digest. Her degrees include: Associate in Arts in liberal arts and in journalism; BA English (Creative Writing Option) from San Francisco State University, and graduate study in English, business and education from California State University, Sacramento. Her on-going education includes attendance at writing classes and retreats to keep her writing, editing and publishing skills current. She is presently seeking editing clients.

Carol has been a member of International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association for 25 years. She is a past board officer, has written for Global Writes (now FWT), the official magazine of the Association, and for five years she wrote a professional development column for "Press Pass", the Association's monthly newsletter. Her present role is Regional Membership Coordinator for the northern California area, and she is also is involved in judging the annual entries for the "Excellence in Journalism" awards. Carol is a thirty-five-year member of California Writers’ Club, directing two of their most successful conferences, and a member of Society of Southwestern Authors in Arizona. speaking on several occasions at their annual conferences. Carol has lived in Japan, spent time in all regions of the 50 United States, and visited more than 38 countries in her travels. She and her family make their home in northern California, from where she continues to write travel and general interest articles, and is researching and writing three books– one a chronology of her many years of cruise travel, which includes a brief history of each of the ships she sailed aboard, and two historical memoirs of her family’s military history spanning more than four wars. She also leads a writing group in her home area. Carol's professional passions are writing and teaching. Her ever-present goal is to help those who write-- and those who want to write -- achieve success through the power of the written word. 

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Write Around the World

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