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Storytelling and Community: Stories that Matter, Heal, and Inspire Social Change with Barbara Renaud Gonzalez (Co-sponsored with Raindrop Turkish House)


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Dates: Two Tuesdays, Jan. 16 and 23

(16th at SoL, 300 Bushnell Ave and

23rd at Raindrop, 4337 Vance Jackson Rd #203)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $25 on or before Jan. 9; $30 after

Enrollment: 12 min./20 max.

We all crave a good story. In the greatest stories, the storyteller heals and connects the listeners to the ground of being and to each other. The first evening is a review of writing techniques, a suggested memoir arc and other writing approaches, along with several writing exercises. The second evening expands writing from the individual effort to the collective enterprise, with a consideration of writing as an essential healing and connective tissue in the community. The organizing of such a “community book” will be reviewed, and a bibliography provided for writing exercises throughout both classes.

Barbara Renaud Gonzalez is a Texas-born writer, raised in the Texas Panhandle. Ms. Gonzalez has a B.A. in Social Work, and an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor/Community Practice. Her first novel, Golondrina, why did you leave me?, was the first Chicana novel to be published by the University of Texas Press, and a finalist in First Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her commentaries have aired on NPR and in the San Antonio Express-News. Ms. Gonzalez received the InterAmerican Press Association Prize in 2000 for columns “that inspire community debate.” She leads memoir workshops under the Writers in Communities programs for Gemini Ink, and has published three books.