New Year, New You! Commit to Your Creativity

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Times: 3pm to 6pm
$65/$55 WLT/SCBWI Member

Claire Campbell and Bethany Hegedus

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Ready to recommit to your creative self in 2018? Plan your creative year ahead at New Year, New You! Commit to Your Creativity with author/Writing Barn Founder Bethany Hegedus and WB Program Manager Claire Campbell.

We’ll reconnect to the roots of our creativity, plus design and share our artistic goals with a series of hands-on activities designed to help each writer/creative look at the year ahead. This means carving out time for our creative lives in balance with the commitments we already have on the calendar. We’ll go beyond the literary arts and find inspiration in visual art, performance, and more to expand our ideas about daily practice. We’ll collaborate in pairs and/or groups to provide each other with support and enhance productivity.

This class will provide new energy, accountability, and fresh ideas to help you take on 2018 and become your best creative self!

Who should register for this class:
  • Artists ready to start a new daily creative practice.
  • Novelists, memoir writers, poets, and writers of all genres ready to tackle a big project OR commit to a series of smaller works.
  • Anyone looking to start a new creative endeavor or recommit to an ongoing project.
  • Anyone looking for creative peers and a supportive community.
  • Those looking to shape their creative goals with power and precision while not neglecting everything they have to balance in their already busy lives.

Meet the Instructors:

Bethany Hegedus’ books include Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters (WestSide Books). Both novels were named to the Bank Street Books Best Books, with Between Us Baxters garnering a star for outstanding recognition. Her debut picture book, Grandfather Gandhi, (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) co-authored with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, and illustrated by Evan Turk has received starred reviews fromPublisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. Grandfather Gandhi is a 2014-2015 Texas Bluebonnet Finalist, a NYPL Best Book of the Year, and a Kirkus Best Book of 2014 and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi story (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) earned a Green Earth Award Honor and was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Forthcoming is, Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird (Balzer + Bray/Harper Collins) in January, 2018.

A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Bethany is prior editor of the literary journal Hunger Mountain. Bethany has sat on panels with Ilyasha Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, and Arun Gandhi. A former educator, Bethany is an in-demand presenter and she speaks and teaches across the country.

Bethany is the Owner and Creative Director of The Writing Barn, a writing retreat, workshop and event space in Austin, Texas.

Claire Campbell received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She has worked over a decade with NYC-based nonprofits and has taught writing to students of all ages, including NYC public school students and adult writers suffering from early memory loss.

She was thrilled to discover the Writing Barn when she moved back to Texas—at the Barn she has studied with authors Matt de la Peña, A.M. Jenkins, Libba Bray, and in private instruction with owner and founder Bethany Hegedus. Claire writes fantasy and fiction, and is thrilled to merge both sides of her personality—creative and community outreach—to expand The Writing Barn’s offerings to corporations and nonprofits.

**Terms and conditions:  Please note that all Writing Barn classes and events are nonrefundable and nontransferable to another class. You may transfer your attendance to another writer.**