Adult Poetry Books by Writing Barn Authors
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by WritingBarnAdmin
1w ago
The celebration continues! National Poetry month is in full swing, and we wanted to share these adult poetry books written by or featuring Writing Barn authors. Be sure to check these out and support! Wild: An Anthology of Poetry Wild: An Anthology of Poetry (Hey Hey Books, LLC, 2023) contains poems by Writing Barn instructor and staff member Susan Johnston Taylor and Writing Barn regulars Joyce Uglow and Kathy Halsey.  “From owls and bears to mushrooms and oak trees to wolves and waterfalls, Wild will bring to you a diverse array of styles, subjects, and poets. Complete ..read more
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Success Story With Jessica Milo
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by WritingBarnAdmin
4M ago
We are absolutely thrilled for Writing Barn success story Jessica Milo who is celebrating signing with her dream agent, Wendi Gu at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates! How long have you been writing/pursuing an agent/publishing deal? I began my writing career in 2021 and have been passionately pursuing it ever since. In fall 2022 I signed with my first agent, and we went out on submission with one picture book, but ultimately didn’t get to acquisitions. But my first agent helped grow my confidence and my writing craft and helped me be in this position to now work with Wendi. I’m so excited to ..read more
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Your WB Holiday Guide: Top 10 Gifts for Writers
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by WritingBarnAdmin
4M ago
It’s that time of year again where shoppers are searching aimlessly for the perfect gift for their loved ones. Got a writer to shop for? We’ve got you covered! Check out our list of the Top 10 best gifts for writers that are not only fun, but also unique and perfect for the writer on your list! 1. What better way to support the writer in your life than by giving them the gift of a writing class or webinar? This holiday season, give them a Writing Barn Gift Card and guide them to our incredible lineup of classes to help them hone their craft or learn something new! 2. Get unstuck with the Wri ..read more
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What is NaNoWriMo (and Why It Works)
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by WritingBarnAdmin
5M ago
By WB Intern Ashley Rummel If you’ve been scrolling through social media lately, you may have seen the word NaNoWriMo floating around. But…what is it? And why is everyone suddenly obsessed with word counts? In this post, we’ll explore just what NaNoWriMo is and why it’s helped so many authors write their books. What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a non-profit organization, mostly known for the main event they host every November that encourages participants to write 50,000 words (theoretically, the number of words in a novel) in 30 days. Through its website, NaNo ..read more
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Scare Away Writers’ Block: 10 Tips from R.L. Stine
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by WritingBarnAdmin
6M ago
By WB Intern Ashley Rummel “If you do enough planning before you start to write, there’s no way you can have writer’s block.” – R.L. Stine R.L. Stine is a household name for children’s horror novels. One of the bestselling authors in history, he’s sold over 400-million books worldwide, been translated into 35 languages, and has published over 200 works. That’s a lot of writing!  Below we’ve collected a list of tips to scare away writer’s block from this master of children’s horror. R.L. Stine’s Top Ten Tips to Scare Away Writer’s Block: 1. “Don’t ever stare at a blank page or screen ..read more
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5 Book Recs to Celebrate Banned Books Week
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by WritingBarnAdmin
7M ago
By WB Senior Intern Cathy Sheafor “If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.” Benjamin Franklin Welcome to Banned Book Week 2023 at The Writing Barn where we stand hand in hand with authors whose books are unfairly and inappropriately being cleared from classrooms and library shelves. The theme for Banned Books Week this year is “Let Freedom Read.” Learn more here. In celebration, we have selected 5 banned Kidlit books we think are worth reading.  1. Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe Gender Q ..read more
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Celebrating 10 Years of WB: An Interview with Robyn McGrath
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by WritingBarnAdmin
7M ago
Our 10-Year Anniversary celebration continues on in an interview with our friend and WB Success Story, Robyn McGrath! We are so thrilled to catch up with the incredibly talented Robyn McGrath as she reflects on a writers journey and our time together. Complete this sentence: My favorite line in the Writing Barn manifesto is__________ because…(and/or what it means to me/how it adds to my literary life). My favorite line in the Writing Barn Manifesto is “If you write you’re a writer.” This was the first thing I learned during my very first class with Bethany. (Which happened to be THE very firs ..read more
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Pitch + Play: Industry Engagement Day Faculty
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by WritingBarnAdmin
7M ago
Learn more about our faculty for the upcoming Pitch and Play Industry Engagement Day! Executive Editor Melissa Manlove of Chronicle Books: Melissa Manlove is an Executive Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for 20 years. Her acquisitions encompass picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, graphic novels, and novels in verse. When acquiring, she looks for fresh takes on familiar topics as well as the new and unusual. An effective approach and strong, graceful writing are important to her. She has 23 years of children’s bookselling experience. Editor Talia B ..read more
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Write. Submit. Support. Month #6 Wrap-up with Cathy Sheafor
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by WritingBarnAdmin
7M ago
By WB Intern Cathy Sheafor Lessons Learned  In August, I had my final WSS session for Picture Books. I remain an unagented and unpublished picture book author. WSS did not magically place an agent at my front door or a picture book contract in my inbox. It actually gave me much, much more.   As promised, WSS delivered a ‘write’ element and monthly submissions provided me with a framework for my writing. WSS kept me accountable. It helped me generate new story ideas, experiment with new structures, identify writing strengths and weaknesses, organize my revisions, learn, and ..read more
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Now Accepting Fall 2023 Interns
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by WritingBarnAdmin
7M ago
Come Intern with The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas! Interns at The Writing Barn (founded by celebrated author Bethany Hegedus) have the opportunity to gain professional insight into the literary industry from authors, agents, and editors of all genres. You will have the chance to help facilitate programming in a number of varying genres and will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Austin literary community. Writing Barn internships will give you the experience you need to break into the literary industry as well as access to a number of different classes and events to help yo ..read more
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