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

The Literary Page Turner: Advanced Writer Weekend

November 09, 2017 – November 12, 2017

The Literary Page Turner: Advanced Writer Weekend with Author Katie Bayerl and Folio Agent Erin Harris Join author Katie Bayerl and agent Erin Harris for a long weekend of lectures, craft exercises, and workshop in Austin, TX. Faculty Lectures: High Concept With Heart with Erin Harris What do agents mean when they talk about stories …

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Perfecting the Picture Book II: A Deeper Understanding, and Draft, Draft, Drafting

April 04, 2017 – May 16, 2017

Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book II, taught by Jason Gallaher Perfecting the picture book is not an easy task. In 500 words or less, an author must convey character, setting, emotional drive, and provide a surprise but satisfying conclusion with enough wit or spark that the child reader begs for it to be …

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Applying the Childhood Development of Middle Graders to Your Work-in-Progress

Applying the Childhood Development of Middle Graders to Your Work-in-Progress #WBReflects by Rebekah Junkermeier Remember middle school? I sure do. Braces cemented onto my teeth, the strange sensation of wearing a training bra under my t-shirt, the stomach-churning fear of getting lost on the way to the P.E. locker room, an absurdly heightened awareness of …

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Writing with Pictures; WB Book Rec by Rebekah Manley

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books by Uri Shulevitz Book Rec by Rebekah Manley Where do you get the best book recommendations? From other writers!  So welcome to a new blog series at The Writing Barn: WB Book Recs. These reviews come from writers deeply engaged in process, content and craft. Today, author …

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