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November 2018

Creative Nonfiction Workshop for Adults: Narrating Lived Experience

November 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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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…

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Stories Gala

November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Our annual gala is a festive and exciting evening inside the gorgeous Central Library, which celebrates its first anniversary on October 28. You'll enjoy a compelling program highlighting the importance of libraries in all societies, and the tremendous impact of the Austin Public Library's dedicated staff, innovative programming, vast collections of books, film, music, databases, and resources. 6:00 PM | VIP RECEPTION IN THE ART GALLERY WITH AUTHOR & ARTIST EDWARD CAREY 7:00 PM | FOOD, DRINKS, MUSIC & PROGRAM…

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atCentral: Liane Moriarty & Nine Perfect Strangers

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Liane Moriarty, author of the #1 New York Times Best-Seller Big Little Lies, discusses her new novel Nine Perfect Strangers, which follows nine strangers whose lives become entangled and transformed over ten days at a health resort. Presented in partnership with BookPeople.

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Badgerdog NaNoWriMo Adult Workshop

November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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November is National Novel Writing Month! Whether you're midway through a novel or just starting out, this workshop offers a how-to on creating a road-map for your story using the ideas of external and internal plot. The workshop will also include a "novel therapy" session in which we'll discuss and work through the specific challenges you're facing in your novel projects. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Noah Weisz. Free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please RSVP as…

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Badgerdog Youth Workshop: Writing with Words and the Body

November 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702 United States
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In this workshop we will explore the relationship between our physicals and cerebral selves. We will incorporate simple movement techniques to give us to new information and inspiration to write from. No movement experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Elizabeth Doss, this event is free and open to youth in 3rd through 6th grade. Please RSVP as space is limited.

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Poetry of Gratitude Workshop for Adults

November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
North Village Branch Library, 2505 Steck Avenue
Austin, TX 78757 United States
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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…

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atCentral: Mélat (Live Musical Performance)

November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Alternative-R&B singer Mélat released her sixth studio album Move Me II: The Present earlier this year to rave reviews. Born and raised in the Austin area, Mélat inherited a transcontinental worldview from her parents, who emigrated from Ethiopia in the 1980s. Mélat will perform a free show for audiences in the library.

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December 2018

Fiction Workshop: The Three Things Your Need To Start Any Story

December 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cepeda Branch Library, 651 N Pleasant Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78702 United States
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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.…

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January 2019

Badgerdog + Sean Petrie of Typewriter Rodeo: Poetry Power for the New Year

January 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Yarborough Branch Library, 2200 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756 United States
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Free

Want to break through writer’s block? Add some panache to your prose? On-the-spot poetry does both! Discover how the process of creating instant poetry can help you get words on the page, add sparkle to what you've already got, and generate new story ideas. Plus, it’s just plain fun. There will be vintage typewriters on hand, if you want to try it old-school style! Led by Typewriter Rodeo's Sean Petrie, this workshop is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Space is…

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atCentral: Reckonnoiter

January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78701
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Free

Experience a roving tour / performance / journey inside the Austin Central Library. This collaboration between paper chairs, The Library Foundation, and the Austin Public Library will feature music, dance, visual art, and storytelling to illuminate the depth and dimensions of the local arts community inside one of Austin’s most vibrant public spaces. This afternoon spectacle will celebrate beginning anew in a new year. The audience will gather in the first floor demo area of the library and be guided…

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