Judy Alexander

1504 E. Santa Clara Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705
phone: (714) 972-8884, email: judy@judyalexander.com, websites: www.judyalexander.com
, www.literarychristian.com

Most Recent Work

Desert Medicine —novel to be published by Kregel Publications October 2007. Received glowing review from published writer Jo-Ann Mapson; an excerpt was published in the spring 2002 The Pacific Review and spring 2001 Concho River Review and was a top entry in a Festival of Faith & Writing contest at Calvin College. (www.calvin.edu/worship/em/)

In Desert Medicine, a newly divorced young mother discovers the true meaning of family through her contact with an eccentric older woman who tells of her own struggles to form a family, beginning as an abused girl living with her maiden aunt who runs a home hospital in the desert border town of Calexico, California in the late 1930s.

A Stable Woman— novel-in-progress, explores the relationship between a free-spirited California teacher and her confused teenage son as they escape her prison-bound husband to establish a new life with relatives in rural Nebraska.

Completed Writing Projects

Breaking Men and Loving Horses — novel, 1997.
Short Stories, 1991-1997

  • Pretty Pink Oleanders
  • Solterona
  • Zoo Life
  • Esther’s Funeral
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Memo Book Rules
  • Quick Decline
  • Harry’s Request
  • Canyons
  • Old Habits
  • All Her Husbands
  • Games

Formal Education

MBA, 1984, University of California at Irvine. Phi Beta Kappa, graduated Summa Cum Laude with BA in social ecology, 1981.

Foreign Exchange Student, Finland, 1977-1978.

Fiction Writing Education

SDSU Writers' Conference, January 2007, 2005, and 2002.
Festival of Faith & Writing, Grand Rapids, MI, April 2006, April 2004, April 2002, March 2000, and April 1998.
Screenwriting I: Intro to the Art of Visual Storytelling, Mark Troy, Learning Tree, fall 2003.
Robert McKee's Story Seminar, Loyola Marymount, October 2002.
Advanced Novel Writing, Barbara DeMarco Barrett, UCI Extension, spring 2001.
Advanced Fiction Workshop, Jo-Ann Mapson, California State University, Fullerton, spring 2000.
Popular Fiction Workshop by Jo-Ann Mapson at the University of California at Irvine, winter and spring 1997.
Member of a six-person monthly fiction critique group from 1993 to 1997.
Fiction writing class by Roger Angle, fall and winter 1996.
Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, August 1995.
Fiction writing class by Jo-Ann Mapson at Orange Coast Community College, fall 1994.
Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference, June 1991.
Fiction writing class by Mark Higgins at Rancho Santiago Community College, fall 1990.
Chapman College Writers’ Conference, October 1990.

Publishing Credits

The Community Linc (www.communityinc.com), Scribbling Towards Forgiveness (essay, 01-25-04), Creative Roadblocks (essay, 11-10-03) 
Pacific Review: Are You My Mama? (novel excerpt), spring 2002
Pleiades Magazine: Sour Fruit (novel excerpt), December 2001
Concho River Review: Home Sickness (novel excerpt), May 2001
Calvin College/Emmaus Road Contest: Winter Bermuda (novel excerpt), February 2001

Work Experience

ACC Capital Holdings (Ameriquest) – Content Management Writer II
November 2005 to present
Content writing, photography and editing for a bi-monthly newsmagazine, e-newsletter and employee Intranet. Marketing plan creation to publicize the launch of an improved Intranet. Web design and maintenance of an OpenCms-based Intranet using HTML and Dreamweaver. Management of an online employee Q&A board.

Concordia University, Irvine, CA
Fall 2005, 2006
Adjunct instructor for Studies in Public Relations (Com 422), 16-week course, 35 students. Guide students in producing a PR portfolio of writing samples (press release, crisis-management letter, fact sheet, public service announcement) and major team projects (press kit and PR campaign) for real-life clients.

Judith Alexander & Associates – Corporate Communications/Web Design
1986 – 2006
Web content, electronic and print newsletters, brochures, feature articles, photography, speech writing, and news release copy for hi-tech and industrial corporate clients, most recently for Fair Isaac and Powerwave Technologies. Web site and ecommerce design for a custom wood furniture manufacturer (www.woodworkcreations.com) and special interest community (www.literarychristian.com). Bylined articles published in Rehab Management, Home Health Care Dealer, Orange County Business Journal, and Los Angeles Business Journal. Ghostwritten articles published in Security Management, Bottomline, and Roads & Bridges. Clients have included corporations such as Fair Isaac, Powerwave Technologies, Woodwork Creations, Furon, Newport Corporation, AST, Parker, FileNet Corporation, Huck, Odetics, Tokos, Toshiba, The All American Gourmet Company, Cimco, Dean Worldwide, Martin Paddock & Boyle Accounting, and Micro D, as well as the advertising/PR firms of Lee Oliver, David, James & Roberts, Priscomm, Graphix, and Hilary Kaye.

Gateway – Web Content Writer
November 2004 – May 2005
Content writing and editing for both the consumer and professional segment pages of the Gateway web site (www.gateway.com), as well as e-newsletters.

Fluor Corporation – Marketing Communications Specialist, Information Technology Department
July 1998 – May 2004
Project management for all communications in the IT department:

  • Prepare annual marketing communications plan.
  • Pitch articles to corporate communications.
  • Design and maintain IT Intranet site using Dreamweaver, HTML, Flash, Photoshop, and JavaScript.
  • Prepare monthly 8-page newsletter for IT employees. Generate article ideas, conduct interviews, write and edit, take digital photos and manipulate images using Photoshop, do layout using PageMaker, and convert the file to PDF and send as attachment in a broadcast email.
  • Member of a change management/communications team. Design, write, and release a twice-a-month electronic newsletter based on guest speakers' presentations.
  • Head an event planning team for an annual fun event designed to increase employee involvement with other teams within the shared services group. Event planning includes choosing a theme, arranging for a full lunch, soliciting teams to sponsor booths, designing and posting posters, soliciting local businesses and vendors for raffle prize donations, releasing email announcements, and requesting management involvement in food service, booth and dessert judging, and raffle prize announcing.

American Datacom -- Marketing Coordinator
December 1987 - July 1988
New product research and introduction, public relations, and feature article writing for a telecommunications/credit retrieval terminal manufacturer with both domestic and international sales.

Oijala's Oven — Owner of Wholesale Finnish-Style Bread Bakery, 1982 - 1986

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