Private Instruction with Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus, author and The Writing Barn owner

Bethany Hegedus, author and The Writing Barn owner

Bethany Hegedus, Author of
The Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxter

As well as managing The Writing Barn, Bethany is an author and writing instructor, with an MFA in Children’s Literary from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Bethany offers one-on-one private teaching for beginning through advanced writers. Her instruction consists of:

  • A full read and assessment of current work in progress
  • An editorial feedback letter
  • Tailor-made reading assignments and writing assignments
  • Monthly review of work
  • Advice on whom to send to in the publishing world, if work is at the sellable stage
  • A 1 hour in-person session at The Writing Barn each month for students who live in Austin, a Skype session for those who do not or cannot easily travel to Austin.

For information about costs for private instruction, please email Bethany at

For more about Bethany and reviews of her novels, please see Bethany’s bio or visit her website at

 Take Your Writing to the Next Level

About Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus serves as the Creative Director of The Writing Barn.

Along with her duties at The Barn, Bethany is a well-published author. Her books include Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters  (WestSide Books). Both novels were named to the Bank Street Books Best Books in 2010 and 2011, and Between Us Baxters garnered a star from the Bank Streets Best Books of 2009 list for outstanding recognition.

Forthcoming from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster is the picture book Grandfather Gandhi, co-authored with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma.

Bethany has served as the Hunger Mountain Young Adult & Children’s Editor since the prestigious journal went online in 2009 and once worked at The Writers’ League of Texas as Office Manager.

A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Bethany teaches privately and speaks across the country. She lives in a private home, with her husband and their dog, Toby, on the same 7.5 acres that The Writing Barn shares.

Bethany would be thrilled to show you The Writing Barn. To make an appointment for a viewing, please call 512-665-0886 or email

Here's what some of her students have said about Bethany's teaching

“Bethany was the first person who could identify what my challenging novel needed.”
Samantha Clark

By the time I started working with Bethany, I’d already struggled with my manuscript for a few years. Bethany immediately identified what it needed and gave me portions of writing books, essays, and examples to read, in addition to her own editorial feedback. With Bethany’s guidance, I did my best work, and my book became the book I’d always wanted, but didn’t know how to write.

Recently, I was lucky enough to have offers of representation from three agents on the manuscript Bethany and I worked on, something I didn’t expect and wasn’t prepared for. Even though we’d finished working together months ago, Bethany helped me identify exactly what I wanted in an agent and navigate my communications during the selection process. Working with Bethany was the best decision I could have made for my writing career.”

-Holly Green

It’s not an exaggeration to say Bethany completely changed my professional life; I feel so very lucky to have had her as a mentor.

Not every writer is a great mentor, but Bethany has several unique gifts I’ve never had in another teacher: she works by aligning each individual’s unique vision with what his or her story is trying to become, regardless of genre. She empowers her mentees to trust their own instincts, as well as offering invaluable exercises/feedback to help her students better understand craft and story structure. Working with Bethany, I found myself developing much deeper relationships with my characters, and with my complicated story itself; I began to understand what it really means to build a story and to trust myself as an author. 

Lastly, she is savvy about helping her students navigate the agent search/contract offer process. I’m truly so grateful.”

– Salima Alikhan


Private Instruction with Writing Barn Program Manager Claire Campbell

Claire Teaching WB WorkshopWith an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and a background in teaching and program management, Claire has over ten years of experience motivating fellow writers and communications professionals to approach storytelling with confidence and passion. Claire studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri as well as award-winning author Rachel Cohen while at Sarah Lawrence. Claire’s nonprofit work includes both education and arts-focused organizations such as ENACT, Learning Leaders, Legal Outreach, and the Whole Kids Foundation. She has taught writing to students of all ages, including college writing students, NYC and AISD public school students, and adult writers suffering from early memory loss. Before taking on the role of Program Manager at the Writing Barn, she studied at the Barn with Matt de la Peña, A.M. Jenkins, and in private instruction with founder Bethany Hegedus. She mentors high school students at Travis High through local nonprofit Austin Bat Cave.

Praise for Claire Campbell

I entrusted my writing to Claire because of her literary experience and enthusiasm for my work. Her input on my novel—both encouraging and critical, broad and specific—was invaluable. In addition to helping me see both the strengths and weaknesses of my work, she empowered me with confidence as I started on revisions. —Heather Harwood, YA writer

I trust Claire with my writing completely. She has the rare gift of being able to offer feedback that not only improves my work but makes me feel confident and comfortable. I’ve seen her do this for many other writers over the years. She brings out the best of everyone she works with. —Alison Bach, fiction writer

Claire is a huge talent who focuses in on key points and brings in important strategies that will strengthen your writing. After working with her, I left with detailed helpful notes about how to improve my prose and shape my stories. You will find her to be a delight to listen to and work with on your writing.  —John W. Creswell, PhD, writer, consultant, academic

For more information and to inquire about mentoring fees, please email Claire at