Adult Workshops

Badgerdog offers creative writing workshops for adult writers of all age and skill levels in libraries and community centers across Austin. Some classes offer a broad survey of literary genres and written forms, while others focus specifically on fiction, poetry, or nonfiction.

Introduction to Food Writing

Monday, October 23 / 6:30-8:30 pm
Pleasant Hill Branch Library 

From the Paris memoirs of M. F. K. Fisher to Jonathan Gould eating his way down Pico Boulevard, food writing can be a way to tell our stories, connecting on the most basic human level as we express emotional truths through our physical realities. Food writers of all stripes, restaurant reviewers, food bloggers, recipe crafters, and culinary memoirists—are all welcome on this journey led by writer Emily Beyda!

Repetition & Variation in Poetry

Saturday, October 28 / 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Terrazas Branch Library

Like music, the structure of many poems relies on establishing and then deconstructing patterns. In this workshop led by poet Julie Howd, we will explore a fail-proof way of writing poems through the basic principles of repetition and variation. We’ll read the works of other poets who employ this technique and then have a chance to create—and then break—our own patterns. 

How to Construct a Plot

Thursday, November 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Milwood Branch Library

We all know that creative burst when a story idea plops into our minds. But how do we develop that idea into a manageable and compelling plot? In this fiction workshop led by writer Patricia Marquez, we’ll explore how to construct a plot so that your narrative moves full circle and ends with a powerful conclusion.

Voice in Fiction

Saturday, November 11 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University Hills Branch / Meeting Room #1

In this workshop led by Teaching Artist Lindsey Johnson, we’ll discover how we can use voice to create distinctive and unforgettable work. We’ll look at a number of examples of published work with strong, interesting voices, and begin experimenting with different techniques. Writers will leave with a clearer sense of their own narrative voices, and how best to use them to establish authority in their work.

Trash to Treasure: Bookbinding Workshop

Monday, November 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Manchaca Branch Library

Bookmaking is one of the oldest decorative arts, a way to bring your work into a tangible form, practiced by authors as diverse as Emily Dickinson and Jean Cocteau. In this class led by writer Emily Beyda, we join that tradition as we learn basic book skills, and practice transforming everyday materials into simple hand-bound books and journals. 

Poetic Imitation

Saturday, December 2 / 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Howson Branch Library

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. It’s also an excellent way to explore new modes of writing—and maybe even learn a thing or two! In this workshop led by poet Julie Howd, we’ll read a series of poets and examine the style, technique, and voice of each writer. After each reading, we’ll have a chance to try our hand at imitating the greats—to broaden our understanding of poetry from the inside out.

Persona Writing Workshop

Saturday, December 16 / 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Howson Branch Library

In this workshop led by writer Elizabeth Chao, we’ll play and practice with the poetic device of persona—the choice to enter a voice that is not the writer’s own. This “other” can be the writer himself/herself in another time and place in life, a person or character whose experiences have been different from the writer’s, or even an animal or object. We’ll explore the wide range of this technique and the effects it has on an overall narrative.