Pre-Valentine's "Love Boat" cruise

Meet Our MASTERS:

Jeraldine Saunders writes "Omarr's Astrological Forecast," a column with a daily readership in the millions. The column, originally created by astrologer Sydney Omarr, is syndicated by Tribune Media Services to hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States and internationally.


The original "Love Boat" cruise director, Saunders is known worldwide for her books, lectures and civic activities. She has published 11 books and has appeared on more than 850 other TV and radio talk shows worldwide. She serves as national spokesperson for the Hypoglycemia Foundation of America and is affiliated with the American Federation of Astrologers; Poets, Essayists, and Novelists; Film Welfare League; Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Academy of Television Arts & Science; and the International College of Applied Nutrition. 



Saunders lectures worldwide on astrology, graphology, numerology, palmistry and face-reading. After a career as a couturier model, Saunders took a job lecturing on astrology, motivation and the four seasons color concept on cruise ships before becoming the industry's first female cruise director. She turned this decade-long experience into a book, then later parlayed that into a television series, "The Love Boat.Saunders lectures worldwide on astrology, graphology, numerology, palmistry and face-reading. After a career as a couturier model, Saunders took a job lecturing on astrology, motivation and the four seasons color concept on cruise ships before becoming the industry's first female cruise director. She turned this decade-long experience into a book, then later parlayed that into a television series, "The Love Boat. 

Ms. Saunders, who is a renowned astrologist, numerologist and palmistry will have one on one private sessions (pre-sign up necessary)

 

Carolyn Howard-Johnson will be workshopping and lecturing on our first-ever cruise for writers. Her first novel, This is the Place, won eight awards and her book of creative nonfiction, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered, won three. Her fiction, nonfiction and poems have appeared in national magazines, anthologies and review journals. A chapbook of poetry, Tracings, was named to the Compulsive Reader's Ten Best Reads list and was given the Military Writers' Society of America's Silver Award of Excellence. She speaks on Utah’s culture, tolerance and book promotion and editing and has appeared on TV and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She is an instructor for UCLA Extension’s world-renown Writers’ Program and her how-to book, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher Won’t was named USA Book News’ “Best Professional Book 2004." and the Irwin Award. Her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success also won a nod from USA Book News and won Readers' Views Literary Award. Her marketing campaign for that book won the marketing award from New Generation Indie Book Awards.

Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, the Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award and her community's Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of 14 women of "San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen."

The author loves to travel and has studied at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal with her wherever she goes. Her website is: http://carolynhoward-johnson.com and www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

Here are some topics she'd like to talk about, but she is open to others. Just let her know.

Secrets to Better Poetry

The Art of Writing Dialogue

You're In Charge! The Quick Course to Publishing Choices

Your Life, Your Journal: Maybe Your Book, Too!

Blogging Your Way to a Book

She will have private consultations--everything from writing your book to getting it published. (pre-sign up necessary)

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.

 

Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt as reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/

 

Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.

 

Topics she covers include:

•  Creating a "sense of place"

•  Putting yourself in your memoir

•  Different ways to structure a travel essay

•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make

•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay

•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews

•  The importance of blogging

•  How to market your work

•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique

•  Finding the right critique group

•  Submitting your work to literary contests

•  Searching for a literary agent

•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time

(More can be tailored to your needs during one-on-one)

 

 

 Catherine Yesayan grew up in Tehran, Iran.  Since her young age she had a vivid and active mind for bringing innovative ideas.  But the Islamic Revolution and the changes that occurred in her life made her a stay-at-home-mom in American society. With a passion for teaching, through PTA, she started a parent education program at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Glendale, where her children attended. In 1990, in the same school, she created an Armenian club, so that Armenian children could learn about their own heritage, culture, and current events.

In 2002, she created another club where youngsters could learn about the ecosystem and how to keep our planet clean.  The City of Glendale's Neighborhood Services Department adopted the club under the name of Junior Ambassadors, and for the last 9 years it has been an active youth program for the middle schools in Glendale. The program has won accolades from the national organization of Keep America Beautiful.  In 2000, another brainchild of Catherine was realized: Shades of Culture, a women's club was formed to unite women of all ethnic backgrounds and to break down the existing cultural barriers.  At monthly meetings members learn about the history and ethnic heritage of different cultures.

At the present Catherine is writing her memoir about growing up in Iran under the Shah and coming to America and facing day to day challenges in raising a family. Recently Catherine Yesayan became a columnist at Asbarez, an Armenian newspaper.  She also blogs and posts her personal essays on "Beyond the Blue Domes" http://beyondthebluedomes.blogspot.com/ 

Her next project is to publish an anthology under the name Shades of Culture, and she is soliciting submissions of travel narratives for the book. She is also the director of this fun WRITERS' RETREAT.

 

Please check your gift bag for the complimentary multi award-winning The Frugal Editor.  Great reading for a cruise like this.Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!
 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!

 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National


and much more that can be tailored to your needs! 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs! 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!
 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!
 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!


 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to Na

 

 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!
 
Kelly Hayes-Raitt was press credentialed by the Jordanian government as she entered Iraq in July 2003, three months after the US-led invasion.  She reported live from Baghdad, Fallouja, Hilla and Basra via satellite phone to National Public Radio, KNBC-TV and other news outlets.  Additionally, she wrote a series of columns for the Santa Monica Daily Press.  Random House published two of those columns in a widely distributed mainstream anthology (Female Nomad & Friends:  Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World, June 2010) and one essay was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing, June 2011.
 
Since 2007, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has reported while held at gunpoint at a checkpoint in the West Bank, from a Palestinian refugee camp a week after the Lebanese Army destroyed it, and from the No Man’s Land between the Syrian and Iraqi borders where Iraqi-Palestinians languish in a snake- and scorpion-infested camp.  As an independent citizen-journalist, Ms. Hayes-Raitt has been able to slip into places where mainstream reporters are barred. She’s conducted more than 500 radio and television interviews, including CBS "This Morning,” PBS “News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and CNN “Financial News” and "Moneyline" with Lou Dobbs.  She's addressed more than 400 audiences in 4 countries, including a group of Congresswomen in the basement of the US Capitol.  For more information about her work, please visit www.PeacePATHFoundation.org/about-violating-sanctions/
 
Ms. Hayes-Raitt is the author of several award-winning articles, including first-prize literary awards for four of her chapters of her forthcoming journalistic memoir about her work with refugees.  A recipient of five writing fellowships, she has been invited to live in writing colonies as far-flung as Bialystok, Poland, and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  She is a popular college lecturer and accomplished public speaker and divides her time between Los Angeles, CA, and Ajijic, Mexico.  She blogs at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org.
 
Topics she covers include:
 
•  Creating a "sense of place"
•  Putting yourself in your memoir without overshadowing the people you write about & other memoir mishaps
•  Different ways to structure a travel essay
•  Biggest writing mistakes travel writers make
•  Developing tension and conflict in a non-fiction essay
•  Do's and don'ts in conducting interviews
•  The importance of blogging
•  How to market your work
•  Critiquing other's work and preparing your own work for critique
•  Finding the right critique group
•  Submitting your work to literary contests
•  Searching for a literary agent
•  Creating a lifestyle that allows you to write full-time
...and much more that can be tailored to your needs!