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 Away Day: December 5th

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Tuesday, December 5, 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, Tuesday, December 5th, 9:00AM-2:30PM. **Note the […]

Write NOW! December 12th

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gather new ideas and energy at our Write NOW! session at the Writing Barn on Tuesday, December 12, 7:30-9:00PM. Super-charge your work in progress, gather new ideas, and reconnect with […]

New Year, New You! Commit to Your Creativity

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ready to recommit to your creative self in 2018? Plan your creative year ahead at New Year, New You! Commit to Your Creativity with author/Writing Barn Founder Bethany Hegedus and WB Program […]

Perfecting the Picture Book II: A Deeper Understanding and Draft, Draft, Drafting

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018

Along with lessons and exercises, the focus of this class will be on drafting new material. You will produce 3-4 new drafts in six weeks choosing from various types of stories: bedtime, […]

Perfecting the Picture Book I

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

Submitting Your Work: The Key to the Perfect Query

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Join NYC-based editor and writer Molly Schulman for this 2.5 hour workshop on the ins and outs of submitting your work. Exciting as it is, getting your manuscript off your […]

Anatomy of Drafting II: You’ve Got Your Skeleton, Now What?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Congratulations! You have a working draft of your middle grade, YA, or adult novel–or you are close to it! But how do you know when it’s ready to submit to […]

Plotting Not Plodding: How to Make the Most of Story Circumstances and Stakes

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Plotting? Or just plodding through the scenery? Get your story moving again with author Greg Leitich Smith. Learn how to engage your characters with the world around them, and regain […]

Crafting Persona: Creating Strong Voices for Historic Pieces

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

When crafting stories and narrative poems, creating compelling characters and voices is vital to bringing the reader into the story’s world. Writing in the voice of a historical character can […]

Online Classes

Six-Week ONLINE: Short Fiction Workshop with American Short Fiction Editor Adam Soto

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 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, […]

Write. Submit. Support. for Novelists

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018

WSS for Novelists with author Carrie Jones  (MG, YA, Adult) The Write. Submit. Support. format is designed to embrace all aspects of the literary life. This six-month course will offer […]

Picture Book I ONLINE with Sarah Sullivan

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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 […]

Write. Submit. Support. for Picture Book Writers

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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018

WSS for Picture Book Writers with author Dianne White The Write. Submit. Support. format is designed to embrace all aspects of the literary life. This six-month course will offer structure […]

Six-Week ONLINE: Novel Workshop: Crafting Compelling Emotion

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How do we make readers feel? How do our favorite writers write compelling and complicated scenes driven by subtext and emotional wants? How do we craft emotion without losing sight […]

Half-Day Classes

New Year, New You! Commit to Your Creativity

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ready to recommit to your creative self in 2018? Plan your creative year ahead at New Year, New You! Commit to Your Creativity with author/Writing Barn Founder Bethany Hegedus and WB Program […]

Submitting Your Work: The Key to the Perfect Query

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Join NYC-based editor and writer Molly Schulman for this 2.5 hour workshop on the ins and outs of submitting your work. Exciting as it is, getting your manuscript off your […]

Plotting Not Plodding: How to Make the Most of Story Circumstances and Stakes

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Plotting? Or just plodding through the scenery? Get your story moving again with author Greg Leitich Smith. Learn how to engage your characters with the world around them, and regain […]

Crafting Persona: Creating Strong Voices for Historic Pieces

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

When crafting stories and narrative poems, creating compelling characters and voices is vital to bringing the reader into the story’s world. Writing in the voice of a historical character can […]

Six Week Classes

Perfecting the Picture Book II: A Deeper Understanding and Draft, Draft, Drafting

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018

Along with lessons and exercises, the focus of this class will be on drafting new material. You will produce 3-4 new drafts in six weeks choosing from various types of stories: bedtime, […]

Six-Week ONLINE: Short Fiction Workshop with American Short Fiction Editor Adam Soto

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 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, […]

Perfecting the Picture Book I

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

Anatomy of Drafting II: You’ve Got Your Skeleton, Now What?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Congratulations! You have a working draft of your middle grade, YA, or adult novel–or you are close to it! But how do you know when it’s ready to submit to […]

Picture Book I ONLINE with Sarah Sullivan

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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 […]

Six-Week ONLINE: Novel Workshop: Crafting Compelling Emotion

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How do we make readers feel? How do our favorite writers write compelling and complicated scenes driven by subtext and emotional wants? How do we craft emotion without losing sight […]

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 MCarthy 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 […]