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

The Literary Page Turner: Advanced Writer Weekend

November 09, 2017 – November 12, 2017

The Literary Page Turner: Advanced Writer Weekend with Author Katie Bayerl and Folio Agent Erin Harris Join author Katie Bayerl and agent Erin Harris for a long weekend of lectures, craft exercises, and workshop in Austin, TX. Faculty Lectures: High Concept With Heart with Erin Harris What do agents mean when they talk about stories …

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Shoplifting the Poem: Jumpstart Your Poetry with Found Text

March 04, 2017 – March 04, 2017

Join us for a half-day class where we explore the poetic form of the “found poem”—and beyond. We know that Virgil shoplifted from Homer, Dante from Virgil, Milton from Dante and Shakespeare from everyone, but how can we as contemporary poets use “found text” to jumpstart our writing and add texture and meaning to double …

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Writing with Pictures; WB Book Rec by Rebekah Manley

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books by Uri Shulevitz Book Rec by Rebekah Manley Where do you get the best book recommendations? From other writers!  So welcome to a new blog series at The Writing Barn: WB Book Recs. These reviews come from writers deeply engaged in process, content and craft. Today, author …

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Success Story Spotlight with Gloria Amescua

Success Story Spotlight Interview with Gloria Amescua   The Austin Literary Community is a tight knit group of talented writers, illustrators, publishers, and industry gurus, alike. When one person is successful it isn’t difficult to celebrate that success as if it were our own. Many times, we here at The Writing Barn aren’t just friends with …

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