The Writing Barn

The Writing Barn is book lover’s haven. Situated on 7.5 wooded acres in Austin, Texas, The Writing Barn is surrounded by mature trees, home to birds and deer. It’s a peaceful out-of-town environment without ever leaving Austin.

With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books, free wi-fi, and no television, The Writing Barn is the perfect spot for an overnight writing retreat, to host a writing class, or throw a book launch party.


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The Writing Barn Presents

Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG and More with Kathi Appelt, Shana Burg, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Bethany Hegedus

August 10, 2014 – August 16, 2014

Do you write middle grade-fiction? Heavy hitting YA? Or coming-of- age chapter books? The esteemed faculty (two Newbery honor authors! two National Book award finalists! Bluebonnet list! Bank Streets Best Book of the year lists!) at The Writing Barn’s Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG, and More has done it all! Spend August 10-August 16, …

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The Elements of Memoir: Turning Experience into Story

March 26, 2014 – May 07, 2014

Classes held March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7 History and autobiography rely on the facts of a life, while memoir seeks out the stories and the snippets of stories that reveal essential inner truths about how came to be who we are. This seven-week class combines an exploration of the fundamentals of …

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Austin Statesman Article on Grandfather Gandhi

This past Friday, the Austin American-Statesman published an article featuring The Writing Barn’s owner and creative director, Bethany Hegedus. The article discussed her new children’s book, Grandfather Gandhi, inspired by events told by Gandhi’s own grandson, Arun Gandhi. The book is out now. You can purchase it at Book People. It is a great read for …

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Rejecting Rejection with Shellie Faught

In this week’s Rejecting Rejection, YA writer Shellie Faught shares her story about rejection coming from one of the most important places in your life; your family. Read on to see how Faught not only dealt with that rejection, but was able to find her voice in her writing because of it. Accept Yourself and …

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