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Friday, 4 June 2010

Dallas Woodburn

I hate well-deserving people, with their struggles and their thankfulness of the world that they think they should be “giving something back”. It makes me more grumpy than usual, and today... well... it you haven’t heard of Dallas Woodburn already then stick around because this young lady is the type of person that goes into making Sir Bob Geldolph and the late Princess Diana penny-pinching misers.

Against all odds, Dallas survived a premature birth and even before the fifth grade she published her first book: There's a Huge Pimple on My Nose. Before long she was an author of two collections of short stories, a forthcoming novel, and more than 80 articles in publications including Family Circle, Writer's Digest, The Writer, the Los Angeles Times and eight Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
"If you simply want to enjoy some remarkable writing, it would be hard to find a book more satisfying than Dallas Woodburn's." - Los Angeles Times
3 a.m., has also received high praise. Laurie Stolarz, author of the Blue is for Nightmares series, said: "Woodburn is a very gifted writer whose work celebrates the beauty and humor of everyday life."

In 2001 Dallas created Write On! For Literacy, a nonprofit foundation to encourage kids and teens to discover confidence, joy, a means of self-expression and connection with others through reading and writing. She holds writing contests, teach writing camps, and created a website www.writeonbooks.org that features book reviews, author interviews, and more.

“In the past eight years, my Holiday Book Drive has collected and distributed 11,117 new books to underprivileged children for Christmas. My latest project is starting a publishing company, Write On! Books, that publishes anthologies of stories, poems and essays written by students in middle school and high school. The first anthology is due for release this summer. Titled Dancing With The Pen, it features work by more than sixty young writers from all across the U.S. and even abroad: Canada, Singapore, and New Zealand. For my volunteer work I have been honored with a Congressional Award Gold Medal, a Jackie Kennedy Onassis/Jefferson Award, and most recently a "Best of You" award from Glamour Magazine.”

Not just a pretty face (but we know that already) Dallas graduated last year with a B.A. in Creative Writing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. And this August, she is entering the M.F.A. program in Fiction Writing at Purdue University.

“I have learned so much through writing -- things like following your passion, believing in yourself, dealing with rejection, and the importance of perseverance and hope. I have also learned the importance of breaking up big dreams into smaller steps you can take today.”

Dallas has experience in doing many interviews for newspapers, radio, and television, including The Early Show on CBS and the PBS book talk show Between the Lines. She also frequently talks to schools and community groups about her writing and Write On! For Literacy.

If you want to book her, better get in touch before she’s “discovered”.

Contact Dallas Woodburn:-- Dreams are too important to "put off" till tomorrow!
400 Roosevelt Ct.
Ventura, CA 93003 phone: 805-889-5570 (PST)

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