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Director of Foundation Relations Self-Publishes First Book


By Laila Rashid, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
April 14, 2015

As director of foundation relations at UCR, Helen Magid seeks private foundation support for faculty research and UCR programs. Both an undergraduate and graduate student of the UC system, she received her bachelors in theatre arts at UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. In October, she self-published her first book, Remodeling Eve, a contemporary fiction novel about a woman who came of age at the foot of rock concert stages and devises a very unconventional way to help her seventeen year old daughter, who is stuck in the childhood world of make-believe, move toward adulthood. “Grant writing has really helped me hone my skills in precision work,” she said. “Oddly enough, fiction writing has facilitated grant writing, since you are telling a story, setting up a problem, and moving characters toward the solution.”

Magid, a mother of three herself, spent six years writing the book and one year editing before it got published. Dr. Georgia Warnke, associate dean of social sciences for CHASS and director of the Center for Ideas and Society, stated, “Helen Magid is a terrific grant writer and, as it turns out, an astonishing novelist. Remodeling Eve is wonderfully written; its plot is unexpected and its ending is just right.” Previously, Magid worked with a nonprofit organization, Los Angeles Education Partnership, which aimed to improve K-12 graduation rates at the most underserved schools in downtown LA.  She has also worked as an adjunct faculty teaching screenwriting for National University and written curriculum for UCLA’s undergraduate program. When commenting on her decision to self-publish, she stated, “the publishing industry has changed so much, and the biggest factor in the decision was the desire to get the story into the hands of my readers in as direct a line as possible.”

Due to requests from readers, Magid is considering writing a sequel or another book unrelated to Remodeling Eve. For more information or to purchase the book, please visit http://www.amazon.com/Remodeling-Eve-Helen-Kantor-ebook/dp/B00OEER3O4.


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