Private Instruction/Ongoing Mentoring

Bethany Hegedus, author and The Writing Barn owner
Bethany Hegedus, author and The Writing Barn owner

Bethany Hegedus, author of
The award-winning Grandfather Gandhi series,
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird,
The Truth with a Capital T, and Between Us Baxters

As well as managing The Writing Barn, Bethany is an author and writing instructor, with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from 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
  • Twenty-minute follow-up meeting in-person or via Zoom.

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

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

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About Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus serves as the Creative Director of The Writing Barn. Her books include the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi and the newly released Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to the Mahatma, and illustrated by Evan Turk. The Grandfather Gandhi books join Bethany’s novels Truth with a Capital T and Between us Baxters in gracefully handling race, class, and diversity issues.

A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Bethany is prior editor of the literary journal Hunger Mountain. Bethany has sat on panels with Ilyasha Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter, and Arun Gandhi. A former educator, Bethany is an in-demand presenter and she speaks and teaches across the country.

She lives in a private home, with her husband and two-year-old son, on the same 7.5 acres that The Writing Barn shares.

Praise for Bethany

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

“After writing the first draft of my novel, I was determined to find a mentor. Bethany has been a tremendous source of guidance and inspiration. The process she took me through after her first read-through of my novel opened my mind and my heart to see what my novel really needed. Through assigned readings, revisions, writing exercises, and a lot of reflection, Bethany has helped to unleash the fearless writer within me. She is a wonderful teacher and supportive mentor who guides you to your own truth as a writer and a storyteller.” —Nicole Malesky

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

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 Campbell has over ten years of experience motivating fellow writers and communications professionals to approach storytelling with confidence and passion.

Claire offers one-on-one private teaching for beginning through advanced writers. She offers both full-manuscript reads as well as more frequent coaching. Both types of mentoring include:

  • A full read and assessment of current work in progress
  • An editorial feedback letter
  • Tailor-made reading assignments and writing assignments
  • Monthly or semi-monthly review of work as the manuscript or individual chapters/essays evolve
  • In-person or Skype meetings to discuss work-in-progress

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About Claire Campbell

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

“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