Remembering Liz

A runaway fifteen year-old girl is found dead from a heroin
overdose. Forty years later, her best childhood friend,
haunted from unresolved guilt and grief, uncovers a secret,
which sheds light on her friend’s tragic short life.

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Writer Biography - Joan Elizabeth Beilstein

Contributor and Blogger
1994 - Present
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s Publications and Social Media Venues.

Chief Editor and Contributor 2010-2011
Four book series “Meditations and Reflections on Transition and Discernment”

Contributor Morehouse Publishing 2009
Lifting Women’s Voices: Prayers to Change the World
Poem - “Soul Soil” - later put to music by artist Ana Hernandez.

The Virginia Theological Seminary Press 2007
Doctor of Ministry Project Thesis
“Sowing the Seeds: Developing Future Leadership during the Interim Time.”

Contributor Morehouse Publishing 2000
Women’s Uncommon Prayers
Prayer and Poem Submissions
“Dancing with Grief” and “A Prayer for Lesbian Clergy”

The General Theological Seminary Press 1993
Recipient - The Church and Society Award
Master’s Thesis – “The Message of Job in the Age of AIDS.”

Poetry Classes
Johns Hopkins University
2012 - 2013

Doctor of Ministry
The Virginia Theological Seminary Awarded 2007

Certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy
The Center for Pastoral Counseling in VA
Awarded 1998

Masters in Divinity
The General Theological Seminary Awarded 1993

Bachelor of Arts
The University of Maryland, College Park, MD Awarded 1983

Effectively and successfully communicates meaningful, relevant, and powerful messages via the spoken word, written word, and social media. Enjoys and is gifted at using a variety of genres: sermons, reflections, poems, blogs, and is looking to expand her repertoire by including screenplays which will inspire transformative change through stories, images, and sounds that will move the human heart.

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Writer Statement

To bring to the screen stories with relevance and broad audience appeal that feature strong female leads, who overcome adversity and tragedy, only to find healing, love, and new beginnings.