A Panel of Writers from "She Writes Press":
Women's Stories: Wisdom, Creativity, and Resilience
With Carolyn Lee Arnold, Francine Falk-Allen, & Rachel Michelberg
Moderated by Brooke Warner
For centuries, the only stories that got told were men’s stories. Women’s stories were written out of history, and even in more modern times, deemed less important, domestic, or pedestrian. In the past three decades, the explosion of women’s stories through the vehicle of memoir and personal essay have transformed the literary landscape, and pushed women’s stories to the forefront of our national consciousness.
In this panel, three memoirists will speak about the value of personal story to heal, transform, support, and inspire. They’ll speak about wisdom, creativity, and resilience in the writing process, and why their stories emerged in the memoir form. This will be a panel that speaks to what drives us to create, what barriers we face when we do so, and what we learn in the process about ourselves and the world around us. The authors— Francine Falk-Allen, Rachel Michelberg, and Carolyn Lee Arnold—are all published on She Writes Press, a Bay Area independent publisher of women writers, moderated by their publisher, Brooke Warner.
Brooke Warner (moderator) is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Write On, Sisters!, Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, and three books on memoir. Brooke is a TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster (of Write-minded with co-host Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo), and the former Executive Editor of Seal Press. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly.
Carolyn Lee Arnold drew upon her thirty years as a social science researcher and ten years as a relationship workshop assistant to create the dating project in Fifty First Dates after Fifty. Fifty First Dates after Fifty is her first book, and excerpts have been published in Persimmon Tree, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, and the Human Awareness Institute’s Enlighten Journal. An excerpt from her second memoir, about her lesbian-feminist years, has been published in Noyo River Review. Still a feminist, she lives in the Bay Area with her partner, one of her fifty dates. For more information, including dating resources, visit carolynleearnold.com.
A former art major with a BA in managerial accounting who ran her own business for thirty-three years, Francine Falk-Allen has always craved creative outlets. This has taken the form of singing and recording with various groups, painting, and writing songs and poetry. Falk-Allen facilitates Polio Survivors of Marin County and Just Write Marin County (a Meetup writing group), and is a volunteer member of the San Rafael City ADA Accessibility Committee. Her first book, Not a Poster Child: Living Well with a Disability: A Memoir has been included on several national outlet’s lists of best books of 2018, including Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, and PopSugar. Her most recent book is No Spring Chicken: Stories from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability. She loves the outdoors, gardening, pool exercise, her sweet, peculiar old cat, and spending time with her husband and good friends. She lives in San Rafael, California.
Rachel Michelberg earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University, and has performed leading roles in musicals and opera from Carmen to My Fair Lady, as well as the part of the Mother Abbess (three times!) in The Sound of Music. When Rachel isn’t working with one of her thirty voice and piano students, she loves gardening, hiking, and making her own bone broth. Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver is her first book. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA.