Category Archive: Blog

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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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


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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