Category Archive: Writing

Sep 09

Rejecting Rejection: The Resurrection of Johnny Cash, with author Greg Neri

We kicked off 2014 with Bethany Hegedus (owner and creative director of The Writing Barn, author) with her 10+ year journey to seeing Grandfather Gandhi published. Today we welcome Greg Neri, author of hard-hitting novels Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, Surf Mules, Chess Rumble and more with the story behind the story …

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Feb 24

Rejecting Rejection with author Betsy Franco

We hope writers look forward to Mondays with us at The Writing Barn. We enjoy sharing them with you. Today novelist, actress, poet, anthologist, mom (to three handsome sons, including actor James Franco), Betsy Franco joins us sharing her tale of publishing perseverance.  Welcome, Betsy. Rejection is My Middle Name (but that’s okay) by Betsy …

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Feb 19

What My Last Book Taught Me Wednesday with Cynthia Levinson

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Next up in the What My Last Book Taught Me series is children’s author Cynthia Levinson’s story of her critically acclaimed book, “We’ve Got a Job.” She even received praise from the President of the Children’s Defense Fund, for telling an “incredible story of a key piece of civil rights history.” Join us as she …

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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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Jan 06

2014 Blog Series: Rejecting Rejection, Saying Yes to Yourself When the World Says No

Welcome to the first of a new blog series, Rejecting Rejection, Saying Yes to Yourself When the World Says No. Join us every other Monday, as writers at various career points share how they deal with the inevitable as a writer and creative: rejection. Today we welcome Writing Barn owner and author, Bethany Hegedus, to …

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Nov 14

NEW CLASS Ongoing Scene by Scene: Novel Writing Workshop with Sara Kocek

Scene by Scene: A Novel Writing Workshop with Sara Kocek  Tuesday Evenings 7:00-9:00 PM (Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, and March 4) $375 per student ($25 off for WLT and SCBWI members) Writing a novel is an exhilarating and intimidating process with ups, downs, and everything in between. This 6-week …

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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 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 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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