Category Archive: Books

Apr 02

First new video up on our YouTube channel!

For our YouTube debut, we’ve put together a few clips of some recent guests at The Writing Barn. On March 22, Nikki Loftin’s release of her novel “Nightingale’s Nest” brought in several first-time visitors. In this short video, we ask these guests their initial impressions of the Barn.     Be sure to check back …

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Feb 23

Nikki Loftin Nightingale’s Nest release and after-party at The Writing Barn

Yesterday, author Nikki Loftin launched her latest book, Nightingale’s Nest to a packed crowd of family friends and fans at Austin’s own Book People. Nikki is a rousing presenter and she had us laughing and crying, and leaning forward to hang on her every word.     Nikki thanked her and her children’s treasured teachers, …

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Jan 13

Rejecting Rejection with author Cori McCarthy

It’s Monday and that means it is time for another Rejecting Rejection: Saying Yes to Yourself When the World Says No blog post. Today, we have with us the one and only Cori McCarthy. Cori’s essay will make you laugh, make you think, and make you praise the heavens that be that the the no’s she …

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Nov 14

NEW CLASS, Winter 2014: From Begun to Done: 10 Problems With Your First Draft and How to Fix Them with Sara Kocek

From Begun to Done: 10 Problems With Your First Draft and How to Fix Them with Sara Kocek  Saturday, January 18 from 10 AM – 4 PM $165 per student (10% off for WLT and SCBWI members) Writing to the end of your first draft exposes all the problems with your dazzling beginning—the flat characters, …

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Oct 28

Francisco X Stork, Thoughts, Gestures and Dialogue LECTURE ONLY spots $75.

The Writing Barn Presents:  The November Advanced Writer Workshop Weekend, Thoughts, Gestures and Dialogue with award winning author Francisco X. Stork is sold-out! 16 writers from all across the country (Illinois, Colorado, Maine, and of course, Texas) are gearing up to hear Francisco lecture and have their pieces worshopped by him and the other fine …

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Sep 30

The Writing Barn, Yellow Bird Editors, and The Typewriter Rodeo at the Austin Teen Books Festival

This last Saturday, Sara Kocek and I, (Bethany Hegedus) hit the Austin Teen Book Festival to promote her College Essay Boot Camp class, and our joint Let Loose!  A Creative Writing Workshop for Teens, both being held at The Writing Barn. Along with us, we toted fliers, a ton of candy, and some incredible word …

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Sep 23

Event Recap: Triple Threat, Triple the Ah-ha’s with authors Kathi Appelt, Susan Fletcher, and Uma Krishnaswami

It was triple the fun at The Writing Barn on Saturday, September 14th when award winning authors, Kathi Appelt, Uma Krishnaswami, and Susan Fletcher joined us for a morning series of lectures and exercises on voice and character. As each author was celebrating a new release, the triple threat team kicked off the event with …

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Sep 17

NEW Fall Class: Let Loose! A Creative Writing Workshop for Teens

Let Loose! A Creative Writing Workshop for Teens Sunday, November 3 1 – 5 pm Ages 13 – 17 Cost: $115  Spend an afternoon with Austin authors Bethany Hegedus and Sara Kocek. Let loose your creativity while learning tangible tricks of the trade. Short presentations on plot, dialogue, and character building along with interactive in-class exercises will …

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Sep 10

Craft Talk Tuesday with debut author, Sara Polsky

Welcome to Craft Talk Tuesday. Today, we’re the last stop on the Sara Squared Blog Tour.  The Writing Barn we welcome Sara Polsky, debut author of This is How I Find Her (Albert Whitman). Kirkus says, “This quiet novel provides honest insight about the conflicting emotions felt by families struggling with bipolar disorder. Sophie’s inner …

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Aug 17

NEW CLASS! Read to Write Workshop with Michael Noll

Read to Write Workshop When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2-6 pm Cost: Sliding Scale, $85-150 To register:  email michaelnoll1 at gmail.com Have you ever started a story and stopped after three pages? Or quit a novel after 70 pages? Maybe you’ve worked at creating a character and never quite figured him or her out. Or you’ve got …

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