Youth Workshops

Workshop for Kids: Why Are Fairy Tales So Scary?


Saturday, October 20 | 12:30 to 2:00 PM
North Village Branch Library, Meeting Room

Cannibalistic witches, iron shoes that burn your feet, wolves in Grandma's nightgown...Why are fairy tales so scary? How do contemporary fantasy writers make use of similar techniques? And how can you apply them to make your own creative writing thrill and frighten readers in the deepest and most dazzling ways? Find out in this hands-on workshop! Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Katherine Stingley. Free and open to fourth through eighth graders.

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Writing with Words and the Body


Saturday, November 17 | 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Cepeda Branch Library, Meeting Room #1

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 7th through 12th grade. Please RSVP as space is limited.

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Fiction Workshop for Teens: The Three Things You Need To Start Any Story


Saturday, December 8 | 1:00PM to 3:00 PM
Cepeda Branch Library
Meeting Room

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.

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UT Children’s Research Center

At Badgerdog, we believe children deserve to learn in a creative environment that honors each child’s unique blend of learning techniques, styles, and challenges. We appreciate the work of organizations like the Children’s Research Center at the University of Texas, which relies on the help of Austin families and children to participate in their ongoing research studies. Studies are for infants to 17-year-olds, focusing on how children develop reading skills, how they think through and solve problems, how imagination and creativity are developed through play, how the brain changes, and more. When children visit the center, they read books, solve puzzles, watch puppet shows, play video games, and engage in memory games with our researchers. If you’d like to sign up or learn more, click here.