"Overcoming the Challenges of Multiple, Main Characters in Memoir"
with Alice Parker
Getting a larger book published — as in over 500 pages — is difficult enough on its own, but add in multiple main characters, and most publishers don't want to deal with it. Alice will provide tips on how she overcame both of these challenges to get her memoir published, her way.
Originally from Chicago, Alice Parker has degrees in psychology, marketing and ESL-bilingual–bi-cultural studies in graduate school. She’s traveled to 36 countries and 40 states – lived in six and wrote for an international business-travel magazine, as well several in-flight magazines. A corporate business trainer in Japan for seven years, then 8 years in San Francisco as HR Mgmt. with 200 to 1000 employees. She lives passionately about her poems and empowering memoir Choices, Changes & Friends: 1970s After Divorce - 4 friends got their divorces together in the turbulent 1970s, humor helped them deal with it all to grow and change into new, independent women. Though wild and crazy in their early years - ‘alcohol, sex, drugs and rock & roll’ - they were also pioneers in helping others to changes their lives. The Memoir has 45 pages of poems setting up the chapters and sections, and she won her 1st poetry contests back in the mid-1970s.
As a Life Coach, she used her Self-Help book - Move Past Your Past - A Process for Freeing Your Life, to do numerous workshops as well radio/TV interviews. In Dallas since June, 2013, continuing over 10 years teaching memoir writing classes and editing to help her students publish. She joined the Poetry Society of Texas, where she won first place in state several times in the annual poetry contests and several anthologies. She is President of Mockingbird Poetry Society chapter in McKinney. Her books are available on her website, along with her blogs and poems.
What makes her Memoir unique, is not only because it intertwines the lives of the four women, but also the use of poetry to bring more emotion to their true experiences for change. Alice is concentrating now on getting the Memoir made into a streaming-TV Series.
The Writers Guild of Texas presents Guest Speaker / Program meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Basement Program room of the Richardson Public Library. Visitors are welcome to attend.