Writing Barn Classes and Events

The Writing Barn hosts a variety of classes and events, from writing workshops, card-making classes, women's health issues, spirituality lectures to baby showers, book launches, and more.

These events range from free and open to the public to paid classes and private events.

Perfecting the Picture Book II: A Deeper Understanding, and Draft, Draft, Drafting

Starts April 04, 2017 – Six sessions

Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book II, taught by Jason Gallaher Perfecting the picture book is not an easy task. In 500 words or less, an author must convey character, setting, emotional drive, and provide a surprise but satisfying conclusion with enough wit or spark that the child reader begs for it to be …

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Write Away Day: April 9th

April 09, 2017

Need a change of pace, or a special writing escape? The Writing Barn welcomes writers from Austin and beyond to a Write Away Day event, Sunday, April 9th, 9:30AM-3:00PM. We’re going above and beyond the experience of spending the day writing at a café—enjoy complimentary coffee and snacks, chat with local creatives and maybe even …

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Essential Elements: Pitch Perfect Pacing

April 09, 2017

What makes a reader unable to turn out the light and go to sleep? What makes the start of a new chapter impossible to resist? How do we study novels and identify certain pacing techniques and then translate these techniques to our own work, all while keeping the story moving moving and the plot escalating? …

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6 Weeks on the Novel: Dig Deep with Revision

Starts April 17, 2017 – 6 sessions

Writing a novel is a marathon–not a sprint. Revision requires a constant back and forth between the creative and editorial sides of the brain. Often writers need both guidance in the craft as well as support from a community to make it to the finish line. In this six-session class with author Carolyn Cohagan, you’ll …

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Words & Wine with Misha Maynerick Blaise!

April 26, 2017

Join us April 26th at The Writing Barn from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM for another great Words and Wine Wednesday, featuring author and illustrator Misha Maynerick Blaise. Typically the last Wednesday of each month, we open the Barn doors for everyone in the local literary community to venture out to our neck of the woods and …

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Sticking the Landing: How to End Your Novel

May 07, 2017

If you’re a writer struggling with an almost-finished novel draft—or a draft with an imperfect ending—you’re not alone. Wrapping up a novel in an artful, satisfying way can sometimes feel like a near impossible task. How do you highlight your protagonist’s emotional evolution while simultaneously tying up multiple plot threads and resolving conflicts between characters? …

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Writing From Life: The Art of Fiction

Starts May 23, 2017 – 1 sessions

Writing From Life: The Art of Fiction “I have the best story for you!” How many times have writers heard this? Or have you ever thought something fascinating happened to me and if I write it down it will be a great memoir or novel? We write in order to understand things we don’t know. …

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Essential Elements: Emotion and the Interior Life

June 03, 2017

A key component in strong writing is making your readers feel. How do we writers accomplish this? By focusing in on and honing the emotion in our works-in-progress. How can we understand, truly and deeply, a character’s interior self—the inner desires, fears, motivations that drive action? How do we establish this for ourselves and our …

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