The Writing Barn

Situated on the 7.5 wooded acre homestead of author Bethany Hegedus in Austin, Texas, The Writing Barn is a book lover’s haven. Whether retreating at the Book House, The Cabin, or attending one of the many events and workshops held at The Writing Barn, you will have every opportunity to retreat, create and celebrate.

With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books, free wi-fi, and no television, The Writing Barn and its grounds are a quiet and quaint spot for rest and relaxation within 20 minutes of downtown Austin.




The Writing Barn Presents

Advanced Writer Weekend Workshop: Mastering the Middle Grade with NYT bestseller Sara Pennypacker and Publisher Donna Bray

February 23, 2017 – February 26, 2017

Featuring: NYT bestselling author Sara Pennypacker and Balzer + Bray Co-publisher Donna Bray About this Intensive: Most of us can remember at least one middle grade novel that made an indelible mark on us and helped shape us into who we are today. These books aimed at fourth through seventh grade are what made many …

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What’s the Point (of View)?

November 19, 2016 – November 19, 2016

What’s the Point (of View)? with Varian Johnson   In this class, we’ll discuss all the major points of view (POV) that authors use to tell their stories, including first person, second person, limited third person, and omniscient third person. We’ll cover the strengths and weakness of each POV, and will discuss how to best …

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Latest Blogs


“The Writing Barn” Poem by Kathleen Burke at Write Away Day

Often our Write Away Day attendees tell us that the place itself inspires their work—the landscape, the buildings, the trees, the deer, and the stone-lined paths. On our last Write Away day, a sudden change in weather inspired several dramatic scenes, and a reflective writing session on the side-porch inspired this poem by local writer …

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What’s Going on in the Austin Book World October 20th — October 26th

Lit City: What’s Going on in the Austin Book World October 20th — October 26th This week there are some great opportunities for speaking & signings and book clubs. Here’s what’s going on this week in the Austin Book Community: Thursday, October 20th (6 PM) @ Treaty Oak Distilling Ranch,Join the Alamo Drafthouse at Treaty Oak …

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