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.

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Exploring East César Chávez Business District / Workshop 4: Embracing What Finds You

Saturday, April 20
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sweet Chive
2515 East César Chávez Street
Austin, TX 78702

Workshop #4:
Found poetry is all around us, especially in East César Chávez District. Join Badgerdog teaching artist Sean Petrie in a poetry hunt that will explore the history of the business district’s legacy businesses and cultural heritage. By examining everyday experiences, you'll discovery the extraordinary power of poetry all around. You'll leave with a poem shaped by the sights, sounds, and language of the East César Chávez District. This workshop is free and open to the public, age 14 and up. Please RSVP via Eventbrite as space is limited.

General Description: 
Through this creative writing workshop series, you’ll explore the culture, commerce and community of the East César Chávez Business District. Rooted in place and inspired by the literary legacy of César Chávez, this workshop series seeks to highlight personal stories of community members within the business district. In creating stories, poems, and short interviews that reflect your unique perspective, you become part of a broader community connected to the rich heritage of the business district. You’ll also be invited to submit your writing for publication in the forthcoming East César Chávez Business District Field Guide, which will serve as a resource guide for the business district.

This workshop is a project of the East César Chávez Merchant Association in partnership with The Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program, The City of Austin Economic Department Souly Austin Program, and Public City. 

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Exploring East César Chávez Business District / Workshop 3: What's Their Story?

Saturday, April 13
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Flat Track Coffee
1619 East César Chávez Street
Austin, TX 78702

Workshop #3:
Home to legacy businesses like Juan in a Million and Mr. Natural, the East César Chávez District is rich with storytellers. Join Badgerdog teaching artist Amanda Scott in learning the art of the interview. You'll sit down with a business owner and conduct a one-on-one interview, recording and learning their story. You'll leave having shaped the interview into a brief window into the East César Chávez District story. This workshop is free and open to the public, age 14 and up. Please RSVP via Eventbrite as space is limited.

General Description: 
Through this creative writing workshop series, you’ll explore the culture, commerce and community of the East César Chávez Business District. Rooted in place and inspired by the literary legacy of César Chávez, this workshop series seeks to highlight personal stories of community members within the business district. In creating stories, poems, and short interviews that reflect your unique perspective, you become part of a broader community connected to the rich heritage of the business district. You’ll also be invited to submit your writing for publication in the forthcoming East César Chávez Business District Field Guide, which will serve as a resource guide for the business district.

This workshop is a project of the East César Chávez Merchant Association in partnership with The Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program, The City of Austin Economic Department Souly Austin Program, and Public City. 

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Exploring East César Chávez Business District / Workshop 2: Public Art Walkabout

Saturday, April 6
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Terrazas Branch Library Meeting Room
1105 East César Chávez Street
Austin, TX 78702

Workshop #2:
With it’s public murals, sculptures, and portraits from I-35 to Pleasant Valley Road, the East César Chávez District is art. Join Badgerdog teaching artist Nia KB on a guided walkabout where the art will speak to you and your writing allows you to speak back. You’ll write poetry in response to art and explore questions like What’s the rhythm of this work of art? How does this art stimulate and reflect the district and its inhabitants? You’ll leave having written several poems—your own works of art to share. This workshop is free and open to the public, age 14 and up. Please RSVP via Eventbrite as space is limited.

General Description: 
Through this creative writing workshop series, you’ll explore the culture, commerce and community of the East César Chávez Business District. Rooted in place and inspired by the literary legacy of César Chávez, this workshop series seeks to highlight personal stories of community members within the business district. In creating stories, poems, and short interviews that reflect your unique perspective, you become part of a broader community connected to the rich heritage of the business district. You’ll also be invited to submit your writing for publication in the forthcoming East César Chávez Business District Field Guide, which will serve as a resource guide for the business district.

This workshop is a project of the East César Chávez Merchant Association in partnership with The Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program, The City of Austin Economic Department Souly Austin Program, and Public City. 

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Exploring East César Chávez Business District / Workshop 1: What's Your Story?

Saturday, March 30
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mr. Natural
1901 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702

Workshop #1: 
In this workshop, you’ll think about the role that a business district can play in shaping the stories of its inhabitants. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Nick Almeida, this workshop explores the places that make us who we are as individuals and as a community. Focusing on elements of creative nonfiction, you’ll leave with a personal essay that celebrates who you are within the context of the East César Chávez District. This workshop is free and open to the public, age 14 and up. Please RSVP via Eventbrite as space is limited.

General Description: 
Through this creative writing workshop series, you’ll explore the culture, commerce and community of the East César Chávez Business District. Rooted in place and inspired by the literary legacy of César Chávez, this workshop series seeks to highlight personal stories of community members within the business district. In creating stories, poems, and short interviews that reflect your unique perspective, you become part of a broader community connected to the rich heritage of the business district. You’ll also be invited to submit your writing for publication in the forthcoming East César Chávez Business District Field Guide, which will serve as a resource guide for the business district.

This workshop is a project of the East César Chávez Merchant Association in partnership with The Library Foundation's Badgerdog Creative Writing Program, The City of Austin Economic Department Souly Austin Program, and Public City. 

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Badgerdog Yoga & Writing Workshop for Adults

March 23
2:00PM -4:00 PM
Carver Branch Library Meeting Room
1161 Angelina Street
Austin, TX 78702

Local playwright and yoga instructor Elizabeth Doss leads a workshop that explores the relationship between your physicals and cerebral selves. Simple yoga poses and movement techniques will give you new information and inspiration to write from. No movement or yoga experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Elizabeth Doss, this event is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please RSVP via Eventbrite as space is limited.

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.