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.

Badgerdog Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Narrating Lived Experience

Saturday, January 26
1:00PM -3:00 PM
Windsor Park Branch Library Meeting Room
5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723

How do you write compellingly about the real world? In this workshop, we will explore the modes and techniques of creative nonfiction, including memoir, portrait, and feature writing. From old classics to recent pieces, we will read examples of the genre and discuss what makes them vivid and intriguing. In our writing exercises, we will experiment with applying the devices of fiction to nonfiction prose, with the goal of helping you cultivate your voice as a storyteller. You'll leave the workshop with a guide to more creative nonfiction reading and the tools to write truth with style. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Emily Gogoloak. This workshop is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Space is limited, please RSVP via EventBrite to secure a spot.

Badgerdog Workshop Series: Crafting Characters for Fiction + Nonfiction

March 6 - April 10
Wednesdays from 6:00PM -8:00 PM
Windsor Park Branch Library Meeting Room
5833 Westminster Drive
Austin, TX 78723

According to Ernest Hemingway, writers should not make characters, they should make real people. In this workshop, we will explore the different techniques for developing "real people," with close attention paid to how character-writing shapes stories and essays. We will examine short fiction, short narrative essays, and experimental prose. By examining the different ways classic and contemporary authors have developed characters, we will hone methods for creating our own, and examine how character details stack to form a narrative. You'll leave the workshop with a cast of characters rich enough to fill future novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Nick Almeida, this workshop is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please register via EventBrite as space is limited.

This workshop is a six-week series that will meet every Wednesday from 6:00-8:00pm starting March 6 through April 10, 2019.