Category Archive: Authors

Nov 18

What My Last Book Taught Me Wednesday with Author, Nicole Griffin

What My Last Book Taught Me by Nicole Griffin There’s a quotation that regularly makes the rounds of the internet and Facebook in particular:  “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”  E. L. Doctorow is …

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Oct 14

What My Last Book Taught Me Wednesday, with bestselling author, Lisa Papademetriou

‘What My Last Book Taught Me’ Wednesdays are back, with this new entry from NYT Best-selling Author Lisa Papademetriou. Writers all have different reasons for writing, and when we finally realize what that reason is, we can unlock new stories to tell and new ways to tell them. Tale of Highly Unusual Magic, is Lisa’s …

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Oct 12

Event Recap of Austin author, Paige Schilt’s, Queer Rock Love

Austin author Paige Schilt workshopped the first three chapters of her new memoir, Queer Rock Love, in Donna Johnson’s memoir class at The Writing Barn. She managed to finish up a chapter over a weekend spent working at the Barn as well. (Donna Johnson will be teaching again with us at the beginning of 2016, so …

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Jun 10

Austin Author Spotlight with Greg Garrett

June’s Words and Wine Wednesday featured author is Greg Garrett, whose latest book, Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination, explores the reasons why people tell tales about death and the afterlife. Also a professor of English at Baylor University, preacher and the Writer in Residence at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Garrett has proven incredibly …

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Apr 15

Austin Author Spotlight with Nikki Loftin

The Writing Barn is so excited to welcome author Nikki Loftin as the visiting guest, alongside author Joy Preble, for April’s Words and Wine Wednesday! Nikki’s latest release, Wish Girl, has been met with high praise, and was recently discussed in The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review! Nikki Loftin will be a guest author of The …

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Apr 12

Full Novel Revision Week at The Writing Barn


It’s that time of year again, when the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes begin to pop up to signal the coming of spring, and also the coming of The Writing Barn’s annual Full Novel Revision Week! Get ready for a week of intensive full manuscript revision! Hear about what to expect from former faculty authors Shana …

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Mar 17

Writing Barn Austin Author Spotlight Authors Shine in the New York Times


The Writing Barn just has to brag on some amazing local authors who’ve recently been featured in The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review.  Mary Helen Specht visited The Writing Barn in January as the guest author for our debut program, Words and Wine Wednesdays. She read aloud an excerpt from Migratory Animals, followed by a Q&A …

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Mar 10

Austin Author Spotlight with Natalia Sylvester

March is officially Natalia Sylvester month at The Writing Barn, and we couldn’t be more excited! Sylvester is a talented author with a critically acclaimed debut book, Chasing the Sun, now under her belt. She has an upcoming 6-week class at The Writing Barn, Writing a Literary, Page-Turning Novel, that starts on March 31st. In addition to …

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Mar 03

Rejecting Rejection with author Liz Czukas

This weeks Rejecting Rejection is from Liz Czukas. She talks about rejection and never giving up because of rejection. Just because a piece has been rejected does not mean that it is not good. It could simply mean that it is not the right time for the type or writing. Liz Czukas did not give …

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Feb 25

Q&A with Upcoming 6-Week Class Instructor Natalia Sylvester


The Writing Barn is pleased to welcome Natalia Sylvester, author of critically acclaimed novel Chasing the Sun, for a six-week class, Writing a Literary, Page-Turning Novel. Are you stuck in a manuscript, unable to move forward? Bring ten pages of a manuscript to this class and be ready get some helpful peer editing, notes for revision and …

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