Helen has been a prolific writer for the past decade, working in journalism, fiction and screenwriting. She has extensive small business experience as a co-founder of a local newspaper, The Bywater Marigny Current and the production company The Hatchery Media. She also gained extensive sales and marketing experience as a top-producing realtor for several years in historic New Orleans neighborhoods.
Helen got her BA in psychology from the University of Dallas, then moved to Boston, where she worked as a journalist for The MetroWest Daily News and The Jamaica Plain Gazette for a year before once again being tempted by the South. She moved to New Orleans and co-founded a local paper, The Bywater Marigny Current, which she ran for several years before turning it over to her partner so Helen could concentrate on her fiction writing.
She’s written or co-written many of The Hatchery Media’s projects including the feature Flood Streets, which was based on a series of short stories she wrote after the storm. She also wrote the shorts Brook & Bern and Big Bucks in the Tickling Business.
Her film experience includes a NOVAC-sponsored production accounting class, production managing for some shorts, and sound and visual editing experience on the industry standard video editing software Final Cut Pro.
Her fiction has appeared in such magazines as Janushead, and All Things Girl. She’s been a finalist for Scriptapalooza and for the William Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and she’s served as a fellow winning the Eureka! Short Stories Award. She’s also received several grants to pursue writing including a Cultural Economy Grant to study novel writing at the Algonkian Writer’s Conference in San Francisco.
Inspired by writers like Bukowski, Raymond Carver, and Jonathan Ames, Helen has written many short stories and is at work on a novel.
LA Cultural Economy Grant to study novel writing at the Algonkian Writer’s Conference in San Francisco in 2008
2007 Eureka! Short Stories Award
Poets & Writers Grant Recipient to organize and fund readings in New Orleans
Dallas Society for Psychoanalytic Studies research award in 2001
Sydney M. Jourard Student Research Award – Presented undergraduate research at the American Psychological Association’s national meeting in 2000.
University of Dallas Rome Writing Award in 1998
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