Category Archive: Books

Apr 04

Event Recap: Book Reading/Signing with Bestselling Author Cassandra Clare

Bestselling Author Cassandra Clare, known for her Shadowhunter Series, read from and signed her newest book, Lady Midnight. Tickets sold fast for a Q&A night at St. Edwards University with the creator of the Shadowhunters and the Dark Artifices. Writing Barn Intern Sydney Chandler was able to grab a ticket for Cassandra Clare’s event and gathered some fun facts and …

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Mar 15

Austin Author Spotlight Interview with Clara Bensen

This month, The Writing Barn is thrilled to support Austin’s own Clara Bensen, who just released her debut novel, inspired by the wildly famous Salon.Com article she wrote in 2013 entitled “The Craziest OkayCupid! Date Ever.” Her novel, entitled No Baggage: A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering details the trip across the world that her and …

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Jan 31

Event Recap: Book Reading/Signing with Reed Farrel Coleman

Author Reed Farrel Coleman, author of twenty-one novels, read from and signed his newest book, Where It Hurts. Coleman graced BookPeople with his presence Saturday night, bringing with him a boundless sense of humor as well as a great new story. Writing Barn Intern Sydney Chandler was able to attend Coleman’s BookPeople Event and gathered some fun …

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Jan 06

Scholarship Available for our Upcoming Advanced Writer Weekend (SCBWI Members ONLY)

We are thrilled to offer the Funny Friends $500 scholarship sponsored by author Crystal Allen to honor her mentor Donna Gehpart who is teaching with us at The Writing Barn during the Mastering the Middle Grade Advanced Writer Workshop. DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday, January 14th   We will be taking applications over the next two weeks. Please …

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Dec 09

What My Last Book Taught Me Wednesday, with Author Jen White

What My Last, First Book Taught Me Wednesday with Author Jen White     What my last, first book taught me is that I am really twelve.   Okay, I’m not.  I’m forty-two, but in my heart I wish to be twelve forever.  At that age, the most scandalous thing I had ever done was …

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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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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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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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