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

The Hero’s Journey: Elements and Application in Nonfiction

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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017

**Taking place at our East Austin satellite location, the offices of Girls With Pens: 1211 Maple Avenue, Austin, TX 78702** The narrative arc known as The Hero’s Journey, which was teased […]

Write Away Day: August 22

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Need a change of pace, or a special writing escape? The Writing Barn welcomes writers from Austin and beyond to a Write Away Day event, Sunday, August 22nd, 9:00AM-2:30PM. We’re going […]

Humor and Surprise: A How-To Guide for Turning up the Fun Faucet in Picture Books

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017

So you’re not funny. Or maybe, just a little funny. Or maybe you’re wildly funny but you want to be Tina Fey funny? In this class, we will look at […]

Perfecting the Picture Book I

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Monday, September 11, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017

Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book I, taught by Carmen Oliver. Past Perfecting the Picture Book I and II students, have gone on to sign with top agents and […]

Secret Origins: How to Write Comics and Graphic Novels with NYT Bestselling Author Paul Benjamin

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Whether you love comic books, graphic novels, comic strips and/or movies based on comics, Austin-based comic book author Paul Benjamin wants to help you bring your comic book ideas to […]

Writing Winning Short Stories

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  Writing Winning Short Stories with Lindsey Lane and Shelli Cornelison 6 classes over 9 weeks 7:30 to 9:30 pm* if over 10 attendees class will go to 10:00 pm. […]

Essential Elements: Writing Powerful Dialogue

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

It’s probably the reader’s favorite part of your book: her eyes will slide right past that big, carefully-crafted chunk of description, looking for some sweet quotation marks. Dialogue is where […]

Do It Again: Conventions and Experiments in the Art of Revision

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Got some feedback from your writing group or editor? Re-writing something? Tired of rejection letters? Welcome to revision—it’s a way of life. Writer and editor Adam Soto will present insights […]

Picture Book III: A six-week workshop with Cate Berry

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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? […]

Online Classes

Perfecting the Picture Book I ONLINE with Bethany Hegedus

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We are thrilled to bring our enormously successful Picture Book I, II, and III series ONLINE. Past Perfecting the Picture Book I, II and III students, have gone on to sign […]

Perfecting the Picture Book II ONLINE! with Jason Gallaher

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017

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 […]

Half-Day Classes

Humor and Surprise: A How-To Guide for Turning up the Fun Faucet in Picture Books

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017

So you’re not funny. Or maybe, just a little funny. Or maybe you’re wildly funny but you want to be Tina Fey funny? In this class, we will look at […]

Secret Origins: How to Write Comics and Graphic Novels with NYT Bestselling Author Paul Benjamin

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Whether you love comic books, graphic novels, comic strips and/or movies based on comics, Austin-based comic book author Paul Benjamin wants to help you bring your comic book ideas to […]

Essential Elements: Writing Powerful Dialogue

Event Type: ,
Saturday, September 30, 2017

It’s probably the reader’s favorite part of your book: her eyes will slide right past that big, carefully-crafted chunk of description, looking for some sweet quotation marks. Dialogue is where […]

Do It Again: Conventions and Experiments in the Art of Revision

Event Type: ,
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Got some feedback from your writing group or editor? Re-writing something? Tired of rejection letters? Welcome to revision—it’s a way of life. Writer and editor Adam Soto will present insights […]

Six Week Classes

Perfecting the Picture Book I

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Monday, September 11, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017

Join us for Perfecting the Picture Book I, taught by Carmen Oliver. Past Perfecting the Picture Book I and II students, have gone on to sign with top agents and […]

Perfecting the Picture Book I ONLINE with Bethany Hegedus

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We are thrilled to bring our enormously successful Picture Book I, II, and III series ONLINE. Past Perfecting the Picture Book I, II and III students, have gone on to sign […]

Perfecting the Picture Book II ONLINE! with Jason Gallaher

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017

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 […]

Writing Winning Short Stories

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  Writing Winning Short Stories with Lindsey Lane and Shelli Cornelison 6 classes over 9 weeks 7:30 to 9:30 pm* if over 10 attendees class will go to 10:00 pm. […]

Picture Book III: A six-week workshop with Cate Berry

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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? […]

Weekend Intensives

The Literary Page Turner: Advanced Writer Weekend

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Join author Katie Bayerl and agent Emmanuelle Morgen for a long weekend of lectures, craft exercises, and workshop in Austin, TX. Faculty Lectures: Driving with Both Pedals with Katie Bayerl […]