Checking in with Wynne Brown

One-on-one consultations with the Library's Writer in Residence, opens a new window, Wynne Brown, are filling up fast! Register for your consultation now. Spots are full through February 17th, but you can register for the 22nd and beyond, opens a new window beginning Saturday, February 12.
In the meantime, enjoy this Q&A with Wynne!

What do you love most about the Library? 

I’m an insatiable—and embarrassingly non-discriminating—reader of stories. There’s almost nothing I relish more than falling into an absorbing novel, whether it’s dystopian literature, historical or literary fiction, or even a light-hearted “chick-lit” romantic romp. But I also love to read probing nonfiction whether it’s an engaging biography, or an exploration of environmental, feminist, or cultural issues, or maybe a path to how to be a more effective writer/cook/gardener/human being.

Why did you agree to take on this role? Why do you think the program is important?

I’m also insatiably curious. By accepting the honor of being chosen as PCPL’s Writer in Residence, I find myself asking, “What can I learn from this experience? How can I learn to be a more communicative teacher, a more careful listener, a more widely read reader, a more expressive writer—and a deeper thinker?”

To me, the Writer in Residence program is a vital extension of that miraculous literary access I mentioned earlier. It’s also an open doorway that invites more stories into a world where they can be read or heard or watched by more people.

Who is the audience for your consultations and programs?

I’d love to chat with anyone who has a story they want told. It might be a riveting and heartbreaking true family narrative, or a rollicking made-up fantasy, or gnaw-your-nails-to-the-knuckle thriller. Or maybe it’s a blend of genres? A work of autofiction that combines autobiography and fiction? Or a graphic novel? Or a poem whose words are woven into cloth...

Are you just beginning your project? or stuck in the middle? or wondering if it’s really finished?

Let’s talk!

In addition to one-on-one consultations, Wynne will host one presentation and two interactive workshops:

In this presentation, Brown will reveal all she encountered—from research challenges to writing triumphs—as she discovered the life and work of Sara Plummer Lemmon, a remarkable 1880s botanist and artist. Lemmon is the subject of Brown's book The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon's Life of Science and Art, which was selected as a Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick. 

Are you hoping to pitch a book to an agent or editor? In this interactive how-to workshop, author Brown will provide a step-by-step guide to developing a successful book proposal with tips, examples, and extra resources.

It’s been said that one problem with society isn’t a time deficit—it’s an attention deficit. In this interactive session Brown will provide resources and specific tips to help writers pay deeper attention to their writing goals and uncover strategies to complete projects more effectively.