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.
Creative Nonfiction Workshop for Adults: Narrating Lived Experience
Saturday, November 3 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Austin Central Library
Shared Learning Room #522
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.
Badgerdog NaNoWriMo Workshop for Adults
Saturday, November 17 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Austin Central Library
Shared Learning Room #621
In observation of National Novel Writing Month, join Badgerdog teaching artist Noah Weisz for a how-to on creating a roadmap for your novel using the physical plot and emotional plot and their intersections. The workshop also includes a "novel therapy" session (where attendees can discuss problems they're having in their novels). Free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Space is limited, please RSVP below.
Poetry of Gratitude Workshop for Adults
Saturday, November 24 | 10:00am to 12:00pm
North Village Branch Library
What could be more fitting than practicing gratitude on Thanksgiving weekend? Join Badgerdog teaching artist Tracey Lander-Garrett in exploring poetry that expresses an appreciation for life, nature, and beauty, as well as a personal gratitude for friendship, family, and more. Our discussion will engage with balancing the benefits and challenges of finding gratitude. In our writing activity, participants will contemplate and share the many aspects of life we most appreciate. Free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please RSVP as space is limited.
Fiction Workshop: The Three Things Your Need To Start Any Story
Saturday, December 8 | 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cepeda Branch Library
The path from an idea to a polished story is a journey of a thousand revisions, but it begins with three simple steps. This workshop will teach you the three elements you need to start a story, whether it's a 500 word flash fiction or a 500 page novel. We will read examples from the likes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and David Arnold, and we will use the three elements we learn to plan and write our own short stories. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Jenny Elder-Moke. This workshop is free and open to teens/adults, age 15 and up. Space is limited, please RSVP below.