Mar 27

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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Feb 24

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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Feb 17

Success Story Spotlight with Gloria Amescua

Success Story Spotlight Interview with Gloria Amescua   The Austin Literary Community is a tight knit group of talented writers, illustrators, publishers, and industry gurus, alike. When one person is successful it isn’t difficult to celebrate that success as if it were our own. Many times, we here at The Writing Barn aren’t just friends with …

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Feb 14

The Power of Prompts: Sparking Creativity for Fiction Writing

The Power of Prompts: Sparking Creativity for Fiction Writing #WBReflects By Sophie Velasquez Starting a new story of any length or context can be daunting. As writers, we often start with a single concept or idea that we hope to bring to life through the development of characters, setting, plot, conflict, and so on. We …

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Jan 25

The Seventh Wish; WB Book Rec by Erin Lee Golden

THE SEVENTH WISH by Kate Messner Book Rec by Erin Lee Golden  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 and WB Write, Submit, Support …

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Dec 13

The Importance of Mastering the Middle Grade

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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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Oct 26

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

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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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Oct 18

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

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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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Oct 18

What’s Going on in the Austin Book World October 13th — October 19th

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Lit City: What’s Going on in the Austin Book World October 13th — October 19th 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 13th (7 PM) @ BookPeople, enjoy a speaking & signing of The Mothers by Brit Bennett. Friday, …

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Oct 06

Author Interview with Traci Chee

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The Writing Barn is thrilled to feature young adult fiction writer Traci Chee, author of the debut novel, The Reader. We sat down with Traci at the Texas Teen Book Festival to talk about her new book and where her inspiration comes from. Author Spotlight Interview with Traci Chee Tell us about your writing career. How long have …

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