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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6 Week Class: Perfecting the Picture Book I

January 19, 2017 – February 23, 2017

Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book I, taught by Carmen Oliver. Past Perfecting the Picture Book I and II students, have gone on to sign with top agents and garner picture book contracts! This deep study and analysis of structure and form paves the way for all that is to come. Classes will be …

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The Importance of Mastering the Middle Grade

With our upcoming intensive Advanced Writer Weekend: Mastering the Middle Grade coming up, the Writing Barn team is excited to be featuring bestselling author Sara Pennypacker to speak about her experience and advice in the children’s book industry. Sara Pennypacker is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of PAX, a story of friendship, love, …

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“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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