Jun 16

Strange Bedfellows: Structure and The Muse

Strange Bedfellows: Structure and The Muse #WBReflects by Sonny Regelman   In Elizabeth Gilbert’s ode to creativity, Big Magic, she describes poet Ruth Stone hearing a poem coming towards her as she worked in the fields of rural Virginia, then rushing to the house to write it down before it moved beyond her. Reading this …

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May 26

Success Story Spotlight with Sarah Glenn Fortson

Success Story Spotlight Interview with Sarah Glenn Fortson   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 …

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May 05

In Media Res: Where Does A Story Begin?

In Media Res: Where Does A Story Begin? #WBReflects by Jillee Sexton We probably don’t talk about it often enough, but it’s always there, the thing some of us never want to think about: the middle of a story. For some people, myself included, the beginning and end of a project—whether it be a short …

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Apr 26

A Beautiful Anarchy; WB Book Rec by Nancy Miller Barton

A Beautiful Anarchy: When the Life Creative Becomes the Life Created by David duChemin Book Rec by Nancy Miller Barton With apologies to authors and booksellers everywhere – I have a confession.  I find that I do my best reading on craft books while still in the bookstore. Once I buy the book that seemed so appealing …

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Apr 19

Success Story Spotlight with Colleen Paeff

Success Story Spotlight Interview with Colleen Paeff 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 the …

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Apr 05

Austin Author Spotlight Interview with Misha Maynerick Blaise

This month, The Writing Barn is thrilled to feature Austinite Misha Maynerick Blaise, author of This Phenomenal Life.  Don’t forget to join us at The Writing Barn on May 24th for Words & Wine, where Misha will be participating in a discussion panel about This Phenomenal Life, as well as signing copies of her book which …

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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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