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

The Art of the Sale: with best-selling authors Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

January 08, 2015 – January 11, 2015

Join us at The Writing Barn for a creative weekend of craft and camaraderie with best-selling authors and best friends, Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Event Details: Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han have collectively published sixteen books, from picture books through young adult, and have over ten years of experience in the book business, from book buyer to librarian to …

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

October 07, 2014 – November 11, 2014

Perfecting the Picture Book II: A 6 Week Class with Author & Writing Barn Founder, Bethany Hegedus Tuesday nights: October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 11 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm Perfecting the picture book is not an easy task. In 500 words or less, an author must convey character, setting, emotional drive, and provide …

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What’s Happening in the Austin Book World, September 12-18

By Jessica Weems The literary events this week feature bold new writing with experienced authors. Debut novels, poetry readings, and even interesting political discussions, the drama never ceases in  Austin, so don’t miss a second of it! Also, be sure to check out some of the Writing Barn classes being offered this year. The Events On Friday, September 12 at 7PM, Book People …

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Rejecting Rejection: The Resurrection of Johnny Cash, with author Greg Neri

We kicked off 2014 with Bethany Hegedus (owner and creative director of The Writing Barn, author) with her 10+ year journey to seeing Grandfather Gandhi published. Today we welcome Greg Neri, author of hard-hitting novels Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, Surf Mules, Chess Rumble and more with the story behind the story …

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Rejecting Rejection with Lindsey Lane

It’s Labor Day Monday here at The Writing Barn. For those of you lucky enough to have the day off, and for those of you who are back at work looking for a well needed distraction, check out young adult author Lindsey Lane’s Rejecting Rejection Post. This one will definitely give you that extra push …

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