Private & Group Writing Retreats

The Writing Barn, homestead of author Bethany Hegedus located in Austin, Texas, is situated on 7.5 wooded acres. With floor to ceiling bookshelves, rows of instructional craft books, free wifi, and no television, The Writing Barn and its grounds are the perfect spot to revise or begin something new.

Whether you are looking for a quiet place to finish your novel, a place to gather with your writing group, or just create a getaway with good friends (mom’s weekends, bridal showers, board retreats), the Writing Barn’s private and group retreats will meet your needs. They offer rest, relaxation, and a chance to do the work at hand, whether that be brainstorming new ideas, catching up on recreational reading, swinging in the hammocks, or watching The Writing Barn deer romp and play.

“Writers deeply hunger for a beautiful space and the quiet where they can connect with themselves, others, and their work. Bethany (at The Writing Barn) must find her deep gladness in providing such a space.”
– Award-winning author, Sara Zarr

There are three lodging options: The Writing Barn, The Book House, or the Cabin. Each may be rented individually or as a unit; the property sleeps one to twenty. Rates may vary depending on the season. To inquire about dates or to reserve a date, please contact us. Discounts may be available and a 10% discount is awarded to members of the WLT, SCBWI, and graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts programs. Please mention these affiliations when inquiring.

The Book House

Features five bedrooms: the Pulitzer, Booker, Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz, each with their own private bath. Retreaters may gather in the common areas of the living room—which features unique book accents—or on the full house wrap-around porch. The modern galley kitchen features all new appliances, including a dishwasher. The Book House sleeps 10 to 14, lap desks are provided for indoor or outdoor writing, and there are yoga mats for peaceful contemplation under the live oaks.

 *The Book House is best for large groups, corporations, or families on vacation.

The Cabin

1975096_779649248740369_1836906432145052925_nA comfy, quaint hideaway that sleeps 3 to 4, complete with unique lighting, an all white-bath, and a galley kitchen with refrigerator, oven/stove, coffee maker, microwave, etc. There is a screened-in porch for outdoor dining and writing.

*The Cabin is best for good friends, small families, or those on romantic weekend getaways.

 The Writing Barn

Features a floor to ceiling bookshelf filled with poetry, novels, picture books, and craft books. There is a galley kitchen with stove top, microwave, and small refrigerator (larger refrigerator on the porch). The bedroom has a sitting area and a queen-sized bed. The loft area has a comfy, full-sized futon and an over-sized reading chair. The large screened-in porch—dubbed the “party porch”—has autographs from traditionally published authors who have visited the grounds, either attending a literary party, retreating, or facilitating one of our many well-regarded workshops. Well-known authors included M.T. Anderson, Katherine Applegate, Garth Nix, Bob Shea, Maggie Stiefvater, Sara Zarr, Rene Steinke, Kathi Appelt, Rita Williams-Garcia, Matt de la Peña and more.

*The Writing Barn is best for good friends, small families with older children, or those on romantic weekend getaways. The Writing Barn library transforms into a classroom/lecture space for workshops and is perfect for parties: book launches, bridal showers, baby showers, or family dinners. 


For additional rest and relaxation, add an hour-long private massage with one of Austin’s top massage therapists.

Or, if in need of new headshots or family photographs, book a sitting on the grounds with Sam Bond Photography.

The Writing Barn is the perfect place to retreat, create, and celebrate.