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

Words & Wine with Homemaking at the End of the World!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Join us September 27th at The Writing Barn from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM for another great Words and Wine Wednesday, featuring the characters from Homemaking at the End of the World. […]

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 […]

Afternoon Write Away Day: September 30

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

You asked, we listened! Join us for our first-ever afternoon Write Away Day. This gives you the opportunity to practice your craft after the morning class: Writing Powerful Dialogue with […]

Write Away Day: October 8th

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Sunday, October 8, 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, October 8th, 9:00AM-2:30PM. **Note the […]

Write NOW! October 11th

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gather new ideas and energy at our Write NOW! session at the Writing Barn on Wednesday, October 11, 7:30-9:00PM. Super-charge your work in progress, gather new ideas, and reconnect with […]

Write Away Day: October 18

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Wednesday, October 18, 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, Wednesday, October 18th, 9:00AM-2:30PM. **Note the […]

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

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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? […]

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

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Monday, November 6, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017

with K.A. Holt (Novel Writers: MG, YA, Adult) Monday’s from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 Congratulations! You have a working draft of your middle […]

Online Classes

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

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Secret Origins is now ONLINE! 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 […]

Half-Day Classes

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 […]

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

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Secret Origins is now ONLINE! 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 […]

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

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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

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? […]

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

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Monday, November 6, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017

with K.A. Holt (Novel Writers: MG, YA, Adult) Monday’s from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 Congratulations! You have a working draft of your middle […]

Weekend Intensives

Complete Picture Book Workshop with Hannah Barnaby, Ada Zhang, and Rachel Orr

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Featuring: Agent at Prospect Agency Rachel Orr Sterling Children’s Books, editor Ada Zhang and esteemed author Hannah Barnaby October 26-29, 2017   All of our Complete Picture Book Workshops in the past […]

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 […]

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 […]