Category Archive: Blog

Aug 20

Success Story Spotlight… with Christina Soontornvat

The Kid Lit 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 writers we meet and teach, but fans …

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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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May 14

We Need Diverse Books Meet & Greet at The Writing Barn

Join us Sunday, May 17th, 4:30- 6:00 PM at The Writing Barn for a Meet & Greet with We Need Diverse Books! Mix and mingle with authors who offer diverse voices to the literary community and those who support them. Light snacks and beverages will be served. This event is FREE; please RSVP HERE. We …

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Apr 30

Two $300 Scholarships To Be Awarded for the YA, MG & More Full Novel Revision Week May 30th

Thanks to the success of our latest daylong and weekend Write Away Days, The Writing Barn is excited to award two $300 need-based scholarships to any writers interested in attending the Full Novel Revision Week, starting May 30th. In your application, please list yourself as a scholarship applicant, and supporting materials will be sent to …

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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

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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 26

Event Recap: Words and Wine Wednesday with Natalia Sylvester

March 25th wound up being a breezy, warm day, and The Writing Barn welcomed the spring weather by holding March’s Words and Wine Wednesday event on the Barn’s party porch! With a great turnout of attendees and plenty of wine and cheese to go around, we listened intently to author Natalia Sylvester read an excerpt …

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Mar 17

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

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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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