Bud GardnerBud Gardner, MA

Bud Gardner is the first to acknowledge that his greatest achievements are found in the enormous success of those he has taught, coached and mentored, in the lives he has inspired to be their best. An award winning teacher and coach, his students at American River College sold over 10, 000 articles and stories and over 200 books, earning themselves over $10,000,000 and reaching 600 million readers worldwide. Bud began his own writing career in fourteen straight sales, and then adapted his success principles to one of the most productive writing programs in America. A nationally recognized motivational speaker, Bud has been described as one who “gives the gift of inspiration that changes doubt into achievement.”

Educator, Coach and Advisor

Faculty member of Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento, California (1960-1997); taught writing skill courses (1977-1997) and director of the “Writing for Publication” program at American River College; first Assistant Dean of Students at Consumnes River College, (1970-1997); athletic coach with eight collegiate championships, American River College (1960-1970).

Writing advisor for the National Speakers’ Association national speech writing conference; co-captain of Maui Writers Retreat Non-fiction School in Hawaii for three years, conducts seminars at Maui’s Writers Conference; director of American River College's Annual Sell What You Write Workshop (1977 to 1990); consultant for the Sacramento Public Library writing conference; communications consultant for a variety of businesses and associations.

Speaker and Author

Numerous presentations and motivational keynotes to business, government agencies, educational institutions, and professional associations; topics include: “Get Published to Build Your Writing Career,” “Write to the Top of Your Corporation,” “Persuasive Business Writing Skills,” “Write with Power within the Hour,” and “Creative Teaching: Four Walls with Tomorrow Inside;” Write to Publish the Million Dollar Way, (Cat*Tale Press, 1990), Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, co-author (Health Communications, 1999); co-founded Prairie Angel Press publishing company.


Harmonica player; founded with 60 men and women the Sun City Harmonicoots (COOTS), which plays regularly locally and nationally; recruited the Society for the Advancement and Preservation of Harmonicas (SPAH) to hold their annual conference for 2009 in Sacramento; teaches health benefits of harmonica playing.


  • American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award, 1992 - first award recipient for exemplary devotion to helping writers succeed
  • Letter of Commendation for outstanding teaching from Governor of California - 1989
  • Certificate of Appreciation from California State Superintendent of Instruction - 1989
  • California Legislature Resolution for outstanding teaching skills and exemplary record of accomplishments in education - 1989
  • Fort Hay Kansas State University Alumni Achievement Award - 1989
  • Jack London Award from California Writers’ Club - 1983
  • Teacher of the Year - 1980
  • Sacramento Hall of Fame - 1963

Education and Professional Affiliations

  • B.S., Physical Education, Fort Hays Kansas State University, Hays, KS
  • M.A., Education, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
  • Administrative Credential, California State University, Sacramento, CA
  • National Speakers’ Association
  • National & California Writers’ Clubs

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