The Writing Barn

Situated on the 7.5 wooded acre homestead of author Bethany Hegedus in Austin, Texas, The Writing Barn is a book lover’s haven. Whether retreating at the Book House, The Cabin, or attending one of the many events and workshops held at The Writing Barn, you will have every opportunity to retreat, create and celebrate.

With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books, free wi-fi, and no television, The Writing Barn and its grounds are a quiet and quaint spot for rest and relaxation within 20 minutes of downtown Austin.




The Writing Barn Presents

Complete Picture Book Workshop with Sylvie Frank, Danielle Smith, and Matthew Winner

March 23, 2017 – March 26, 2017

Featuring: editor, Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster Sylvie Frank Red Fox literary agent Danielle Smith and co-founder and content director of All The Wonders Matthew Winner March 23-26, 2017     Our 2014, 2015 and 2016 Complete Picture Book Workshops SOLD OUT and each intensive has resulted in a writer (or two) being signed by the visiting …

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True Story: Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, a Six-Week Study

January 30, 2017 – March 06, 2017

Memoir, biography, literary journalism, and other forms of “creative nonfiction” harness the power of story to tell true stories based on memory, research, or a combination of both. Real life doesn’t unfold as a tidy narrative, though. The great challenge of creative nonfiction is honing in on a story or theme in order to structure a …

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The Importance of Mastering the Middle Grade

With our upcoming intensive Advanced Writer Weekend: Mastering the Middle Grade coming up, the Writing Barn team is excited to be featuring bestselling author Sara Pennypacker to speak about her experience and advice in the children’s book industry. Sara Pennypacker is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of PAX, a story of friendship, love, …

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“The Writing Barn” Poem by Kathleen Burke at Write Away Day

Often our Write Away Day attendees tell us that the place itself inspires their work—the landscape, the buildings, the trees, the deer, and the stone-lined paths. On our last Write Away day, a sudden change in weather inspired several dramatic scenes, and a reflective writing session on the side-porch inspired this poem by local writer …

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