The Writing Barn

The Writing Barn is book lover’s haven. Situated on 7.5 wooded acres in Austin, Texas, The Writing Barn is surrounded by mature trees, home to birds and deer. It’s a peaceful out-of-town environment without ever leaving Austin.

With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books, free wi-fi, and no television, The Writing Barn is the perfect spot for an overnight writing retreat, to host a writing class, or throw a book launch party.


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The Writing Barn Presents

Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG and More with Kathi Appelt, Shana Burg, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Bethany Hegedus

August 10, 2014 – August 16, 2014

Do you write middle grade-fiction? Is your main character a rambunctious raccoon? A trio of sisters?  Two-best friends at odds with one another? Are you writing in first person? Third person? Or omniscient? Is your MG historical, contemporary? Is your MG set in another country? The esteemed faculty (two Newbery honor authors! two National Book award finalists! …

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Pens & Poses: Energizing the Creative Within

April 26, 2014 – April 26, 2014

Yoga and meditation can help tap into the deep areas of our psyche and consciousness that inspire creative ideas to emerge. Creativity arises naturally in states of stillness and presence, which can be elusive when we are distracted by daily preoccupations and scattered thoughts. This is why yoga is such a gift for the artist. …

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Check out The Writing Barn’s second video featuring YA authors, Bethany Hegedus and Shana Burg, as they talk about their summer workshop, Full Novel Revision Week: YA, MG and More with Kathi Appelt, Shana Burg, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Bethany Hegedus.  Join them this summer to work on the novel you can’t wait to have published. And …

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In this Monday’s Rejecting Rejection, author Shawn K. Stout transports us back to her adolescence and the first time she came face to face with rejection. Christian Slater, Annie Hall, Rejection, and Me (Not Necessarily in That Order) By Shawn K. Stout  Me and rejection? We’re pretty chummy. I mean, the thing has been hanging …

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