Author Wendy Brown-Baez
TEATRO PARAGUAS News:
Join Wendy Brown-Baez for a reading from her newly released novel Catch a Dream, which takes place in Israel in 1988.
Oct. 20 at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, Brown-Baez will discuss the process of changing her book from a memoir to a novel and answer questions about her experiences of living in Israel for three years. The novel, however, is a love story: with the land and its people and with a particular Israeli man, a charming enigma, dangerous but irresistible.
A woman’s healing journey begins in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil. In Israel, the first Intifada has just begun. Palestinian frustration for a homeland erupts in strikes, demonstrations and suicide bombings. Lily Ambrosia and Rainbow Dove arrive in Haifa with their children on a pilgrimage to sow seeds of peace. Lily falls in love with the land itself, with its people, and with Levi. Her son rebels against the lifestyle she has chosen and war with Syria looms on the horizon. Will she be able to stay? What does she have to give up and what will she be able to keep?
“Because the authenticity of the character arises from Wendy Baez’s own emotional complexity, her supposedly fictional novel took me on one of the most authentic searches for self I have ever read.” — Jerry Waxlar, author of Memoir Revolution: Write Your Story, Change the World
In Our Own Voices Writing Intensive
In Our Own Voices Writing Intensive with Wendy Brown-Baez 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe. Cost is $100. Register at email@example.com (612.437.3355) or at door.
Using simple writing exercises that tap into our intuition, we will generate material that brings to the surface the story we are compelled to tell.
Intuitive writing gives us a key to unlock our own unique and authentic voice. We will create beauty and clarity on the page through the power of our innate wisdom.
What makes stories come alive on the page? How can we inhabit our characters and “show” rather than “tell”? How can we use the ordinary as a setting for extraordinary events and move the story along by the character’s inner conflicts? Whether you are interested in personal writing or fiction, this workshop will give you tips to make your work sing.
In the morning, we’ll generate material and explore ways to unlock our inner voice. In the afternoon, we’ll discuss the elements of craft with a focus on character development and the use of tension to move the story along.
Wendy Brown-Báez is the creator of Writing Circles for Healing writing workshops. Her essay Why We Write: The Wounded and Enduring appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine and Pilgrimage won the National Women Book Association 2016 contest. Wendy is the author of the novel Catch a Dream, poetry books Ceremonies of the Spirit and transparencies of light and has published poetry and prose in numerous literary journals, such as Borderlands, The Litchfield Review, Lavandería, Mizna, Water~Stone Review, and Peregrine anthologies such as The Chrysalis Reader, Wising Up Press, and The Heart of All That Is and in on-line journals such as Interfaithing, The Feminine Collective, Talking Writing and Duende.
Wendy was awarded McKnight and MN State Arts Board grants to teach writing in non-profits. She teaches creative writing and memoir in community spaces such as schools, libraries, cafes, prisons, healing centers, churches, women’s retreats, yoga studios and arts organizations. www.wendybrownbaez.com
Bring your favorite notebook or blank book. Bring something to keep hydrated and a bag lunch if you desire, we have an hour for lunch if you wish to eat at a local cafe.