Conference Photographer

Cynthia Ballard Borris is the award-winning author of No More Bobs, a quirky misadventure, and a former NSNC Board Member. A freelance humor columnist and photographer, she resides in Northern California. Her work is best described as “Humor…a trickle of truth with creative enhancement like a Wonderbra.”

In 1961 Cynthia crayoned her first novelette, The Pumpkinhead Family, complete with illustrations. The first edition, stapled at the seam and dog-eared at the corners is a collector’s item and should you find it, please call Cynthia and she’ll collect the item.

A frequent Chicken Soup for the Soul, Not Your Mother’s Books, Cup of Comfort and magazine contributor, she started her career as a teen columnist for the Hayward Daily Review Newspaper. Cynthia is a regular volunteer for the San Francisco Writing Conference, Writing for Change Conference, and Hopalong and Second Chance Animal Rescue. With a strong belief that to volunteer is a gift, she has fostered over 300 kittens and paw prints lace her manuscript.

An avid supporter of writers, Cynthia moderated an online study group, Creative Energy Unlimited, for nine years. A SF Litquake enthusiast and inspirational speaker, she is working on her next novel To Serve Duck. Quack, quack…

Her constant companion is her Nikon DSLR camera. Like her words to paper, she focuses, counts to three and shoots to tell the story. Keep it simple.

In 2007, she joined the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She quickly realized it doesn’t matter if you write for the New York Times, Washington Post or on one-ply toilet tissue to report a moment, we’re all family. Embraced with the warmth of like-minds and welcome smiles, she’s home.

For updates on Cynthia’s appearances, works in progress, photos, mishaps and happy endings, curiosity is always appreciated at: or

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