Classes/Events

The Writing Barn hosts a variety of classes and events: from online classes to Write Away Days, from six-week classes to one-day workshops facilitated by some of the best writers and creatives in Austin or visiting Austin. For our weekend intensives and week-long events, we invite authors and industry professionals from all over the country to help advanced writers hone their craft. These well-attended classes and intensives draw writers from Texas and beyond.

Don’t see an offering you’re interested in? Please email info@thewritingbarn.com to suggest a class.

Events/Class Types

Local Classes

Write NOW! February 20th

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gather new ideas and energy at our Write NOW! session at the Writing Barn on Tuesday, February 20, 7:30-9:00PM. Super-charge your work in progress, gather new ideas, and reconnect with […]

Write NOW! ONLINE March 8th

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gather new ideas and energy at our Write NOW! session ONLINE on Thursday, March 8, 7:00-8:30PM. Super-charge your work in progress, gather new ideas, and reconnect with your writer-self. Our […]

Novel Foundations: Middle Grade

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Some of the most beloved novels of our lives are the ones we read as children. If you are drawn to writing the stories that will leave a similar lasting […]

Voice and Structure in Memoir: How to Tell a Compelling Truth with Rachel Starnes

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Conflict, difficult characters, and the fluid nature of memory are the bread and butter of great memoirs, but how do we develop a narrative voice that the reader trusts while […]

Online Classes

Law for Authors/Creative Artists ONLINE

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Can I quote song lyrics in my novel? Am I allowed to write about real people? How do I prevent someone from stealing my idea or my story? What is […]

Write NOW! ONLINE March 8th

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gather new ideas and energy at our Write NOW! session ONLINE on Thursday, March 8, 7:00-8:30PM. Super-charge your work in progress, gather new ideas, and reconnect with your writer-self. Our […]

Perfecting the Picture Book II ONLINE! with Jason Gallaher

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018

We are thrilled to be bringing our successful PB I, II, and III series ONLINE! Previous attendees have gone on to sign with top agents with numerous book sales to […]

Uncovering the Narrative Arc in Picture Book Biographies

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Picture book biographies not only need to be clear and succinct, they also need to capture the essence of the subject and provide an inspiring reader take-away.  That’s a lot […]

Out-of-the-Box Picture Books! ONLINE with Adam Lehrhaupt

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Have you studied the picture book at The Writing Barn in one of our online or in-person classes? Have you attended a Complete Picture Book Intensive or just been dreaming […]

Picture Book III ONLINE: A six-week workshop with Hannah Barnaby

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Are you in the picture book submission trenches? Have you learned the basics of page-turns, word count, word play? Are you writing material you’d love feedback on from expert eyes? […]

Short Fiction Workshop with American Short Fiction Editor Adam Soto

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We’ve heard the phrase, “that’s a good story,” a thousand times just by sharing an anecdote from our morning commute or repeating a tale our grandmother once shared with us, […]

Half-Day Classes

Law for Authors/Creative Artists ONLINE

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Can I quote song lyrics in my novel? Am I allowed to write about real people? How do I prevent someone from stealing my idea or my story? What is […]

Uncovering the Narrative Arc in Picture Book Biographies

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Picture book biographies not only need to be clear and succinct, they also need to capture the essence of the subject and provide an inspiring reader take-away.  That’s a lot […]

Six Week Classes

Perfecting the Picture Book II ONLINE! with Jason Gallaher

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Monday, April 23, 2018

We are thrilled to be bringing our successful PB I, II, and III series ONLINE! Previous attendees have gone on to sign with top agents with numerous book sales to […]

Novel Foundations: Middle Grade

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Some of the most beloved novels of our lives are the ones we read as children. If you are drawn to writing the stories that will leave a similar lasting […]

Out-of-the-Box Picture Books! ONLINE with Adam Lehrhaupt

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Have you studied the picture book at The Writing Barn in one of our online or in-person classes? Have you attended a Complete Picture Book Intensive or just been dreaming […]

Picture Book III ONLINE: A six-week workshop with Hannah Barnaby

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Are you in the picture book submission trenches? Have you learned the basics of page-turns, word count, word play? Are you writing material you’d love feedback on from expert eyes? […]

Voice and Structure in Memoir: How to Tell a Compelling Truth with Rachel Starnes

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Conflict, difficult characters, and the fluid nature of memory are the bread and butter of great memoirs, but how do we develop a narrative voice that the reader trusts while […]

Short Fiction Workshop with American Short Fiction Editor Adam Soto

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We’ve heard the phrase, “that’s a good story,” a thousand times just by sharing an anecdote from our morning commute or repeating a tale our grandmother once shared with us, […]

Weekend Intensives

Rainbow Weekend Intensive (for those identifying as LGBTQIAP+)

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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Sunday, March 25, 2018

Join popular YA authors and Rainbow Box Creators Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy and Dystel, Goderich & Bourret Vice President and agent Jim McCarthy for the FIRST EVER weekend […]

Mastering the Middle Grade Spring 2018 Intensive

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Most of us can remember at least one middle grade novel that made an indelible mark on us and helped shape us into who we are today. These books aimed […]

Complete Picture Book Biography Weekend Intensive

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018

Our Picture Book Weekends routinely sell out AND result in inspiring success stories! This fall, join agent Alyssa Eisner Henken,  senior editor Jessica Echeverria and author Patricia Valdez for a long […]

Advanced Writer Weekend: The Art of Editing & Storytelling with author/editor Leila Sales and FSG editorial director Joy Peskin

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Our Advanced Writer Weekends routinely sell out and make for inspiring success stories! This fall, join author and editor Leila Sales and FSG editorial director Joy Peskin for a long […]