Youth Workshops

The Smart Way to Write Your College Application Essay

Saturday, September 9 / 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ruiz Branch Library
Open to 12th Graders Only
FREE! 

College application essays can be daunting, but getting a guided head-start helps relieve stress and amplifies ownership of the process. In this two-hour workshop, writing coach Laurie Filipelli will help students honor their own personal stories, discover their authentic beliefs, and hone the writing and self-presentation skills needed for success in college and beyond. Students will receive step-by-step advice and individualized feedback as they engage in practical writing exercises.

In order to participate, high-school seniors are required to complete and submit a preliminary self-reflection and essay first-draft no later than Tuesday, September 5. To request documents and begin the registration process, email programs director Cecily Sailer at csailer@austinlibrary.org.

Learn more about writing coach Laurie Filipelli, and discover additional writing tips at Mighty Writing

Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Workshops

Badgerdog will host two writing workshops as part of the Texas Teen Book Festival — the largest book festival for teens in the whole state of Texas, featuring dozens of best-selling YA authors in a full day of events, discussions, and book signings!

Saturday, October 7
St. Edward's University

Poetry Workshop

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program will host a one-hour poetry workshop for teens, led by Teaching Artist Tracey Lander-Garrett. Teens will encounter a new poetic work and investigate how a writer’s choices influence the reader’s experience of a poem. We’ll then venture into our own poetic creation, drafting new, inventive lines to create a powerful effect on the page. Open to ages 13-18.

11:15 AM to 12:05 PM
Fleck Hall, Room 314

RSVP HERE

Fiction Workshop

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program will host a one-hour fiction workshop for teens, led by Teaching Artist Amanda Scott. Teens will encounter a new work of short fiction, and investigate how a writer’s choices influence the reader’s experience of a story. We’ll then venture into our own creative work of fiction, imagining complex characters and surprising situations to challenge them. Open to ages 13-18.

3:30 to 4:20 PM
Fleck Hall, Room 314

RSVP HERE