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.
NaNoWriMo at Your Austin Public Library
NaNoWriMo Workshop: Character Development
Wednesday, November 15 / 6:00-7:30 pm
New Central Library
Interesting, complex characters form the core of any great novel, but creating "fleshed out" imaginary people is no easy task. Join author Charlotte Gullick for a discussion of character, including tips on better understanding the fictional people who populate your story.
All workshops are free and open to the public. No reservations needed.
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.
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.