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 09, 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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Perfecting the Picture Book I

July 08, 2014 – August 05, 2014

Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book with novelist and acclaimed picture book author Bethany Hegedus. This six-week class will cover the following topics: ·         character intention ·         kid-friendliness ·         thinking visually ·         drafting ·         revising ·         voice ·         the rule of three ·         structure and story-boarding ·         page turns ·         read-a-loud ability ·         humor …

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What’s Happening in the Austin Book World, July 18-24

By Gardiner Brown This week’s events offer a smaller, more eclectic collection of readings. We have historic crime novels that deal with Nazi spy rings and we have twin brothers living in a glass city in an alternate-universe Russia. Check out the events and see which fit your tastes! The Events On Saturday the 19th at …

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Rejecting Rejection with poet and author E. Kristin Anderson

by E. Kristin Anderson I have a shoebox full of rejections. The shoebox once contained my favorite sneakers – a pair of PF Flyers that I bought when I first moved to New York in 2006. I’m sad to report that the sneakers are no longer with us. The rejections, however? I have every single …

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Rejecting Rejection with author I.W Gregorio

It’s another Monday morning at The Writing Barn and the summer is just flying by. This week’s Rejecting Rejection comes to us from surgeon by day/YA author by night, I.W Gregorio. Her inspiring post celebrates the need for diversity in the literary community. Read more to find out about her book that’s coming out early …

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