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Carolyn Burns Bass

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Photographer. Writer. Designer. Consultant. Carolyn Burns Bass is a hybrid of creative expression. With notebook and camera in hand, she's wandered through the moors of Yorkshire, bicycled beside rice paddies in Japan, stalked kangaroos in Australia, and ridden elephants in Thailand.

Her nonfiction writing and/or photos have appeared in magazines and media such as Prevue, California Meetings + Events, Incentive, Greer’s OC, Examiner.com, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Contemporary Christian Music, CCM, Charisma, and her personal blog, Ovations.

In 2009 Carolyn founded the #litchat hashtag used in Twitter for literary discussion and established the companion blog, LitChat. In the four years since its inception, #litchat has hosted dozens of authors for online conversation about reading and writing. Follow @LitChat on Twitter.

Carolyn is currently at work on a novel, The Sword Swallower's Daughter, and has had short fiction published in a variety of online literary journals. Her short story, "Sketches Past and Present," was a finalist for the 2013 Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and is published in the anthology Best New Writing 2013. You can read more about Carolyn's fiction here.

For ten years Carolyn was the chapter administrator for Site Southern California (Site-SoCal). During this time she worked with teams of meeting planners and other travel and hospitality professionals to produce educational meetings, seminars and gala events. This work combines Carolyn's passion for travel, education and design with her love for people.

Carolyn studied communications and creative writing at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California and Japanese language studies through the University of Maryland extension in Iwakuni, Japan.