Adult Workshops

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. Upcoming writing workshops will be posted here once registration opens. For questions about Badgerdog's creative writing workshop for adults, contact our Programs Coordinator Kate Kelly at kkelly@austinlibrary.org.

 

Mayor's Book Club: Poetry Workshops

This Zoom-based creative writing workshop series will run for six weeks, with each week highlighting one Mayor's Book Club poetry book. Badgerdog teaching artist and accomplished poet Steven Espada Dawson will guide workshop participants in reading and discussing poems from the week's book before prompting participants to write poems of their own. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work at the end. The workshop will conclude with a visit and Q&A with the poet.

This workshop is free and open to the public. Please register through Eventbrite in order to participate. Once registered, you will receive an email from The Library Foundation with a unique Zoom link and more information about your specific workshop.

 

YOUR NEW FEELING IS THE ARTIFACT OF A BYGONE ERA by Chad Bennett

Thursday, September 24th |  7:00 pm
Online | Zoom webinar

Shirley Temple tap dancing at the Kiwanis Club, Stevie Nicks glaring at Lindsey Buckingham during a live version of “Silver Springs,” Frank Ocean lyrics staking new territory on the page: this is a taste of the cultural landscape sampled in Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era. Chad Bennett casually combines icons of the way we live now—GIFs, smartphones, YouTube—with a classical lover’s lament. The result is certainly a deeply personal account of loss, but more critically, a dismantling of an American history of queerness. “This is our sorrow. Once it seemed theirs, but now it’s ours. They still inhabit it, yet we say it’s ours.” All at once cerebral, physical, personal, and communal, Your New Feeling Is the Artifact of a Bygone Era constructs a future worth celebrating.

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VIOLENCE/JOY/CHAOS by Jane Marshall Aman

Thursday, October 1st |  7:00 pm
Online | Zoom webinar

This debut full-length hybrid collection of essays and poetry explores the moments of joy and chaotic hilarity that mingle with the experiences of trauma and trauma recovery. Jane Marshall Fleming writes with boldness and shows the beauty in every moment amidst violent chaos, embracing joy just as much as darkness. Moving from a backdrop of a small Virginia town and eventually finding herself in the freedom and wilderness of the desert, readers will follow the author on her journey mapping her skin, sharing in her joys, grief, pain, loss, discovering love and self-growth, night-blooming like a desert flower.

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I SCREAM SOCIAL ANTHOLOGY VOLUME II edited by Claire Bowman, Schandra Madha, and Annar Veröld

Thursday, October 8th |  7:00 pm
Online | Zoom webinar

An anthology drawn from the feminist reading series of the same name, the I Scream Social Anthology Vol. 2 features poetry, prose, and drama by 34 visionary women & nonbinary writers that have been featured artists on the series stage.

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LISTEN TO THE TREES by Sean Petrie

Thursday, October 15th |  7:00 pm
Online | Zoom webinar

In these pages, you’ll find a trail mix of life — photos, poetry, and people — all celebrating the unique beauty of West Seattle. It started with poems at a street fair, written for ages 5 to 85. We added vibrant now-and-then photos, sprinkled in local commentary. The result is a visual and poetic treat: A coffee-table love letter to an always evolving, old-growth neighborhood.

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REVISITING THE ELEGY IN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER ERA edited by Sequoia Maner, Emily Ruth Rutter, and darlene anita scott

Thursday, October 22nd |  7:00 pm
Online | Zoom webinar

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era is an edited collection of critical essays and poetry that investigates contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. Scores of contemporary writers have turned to elegiac poetry and prose in order to militate against the white supremacist logic that has led to recent deaths of unarmed black men, women, and children. This volume combines scholarly and creative understandings of the elegy in order to discern how mourning feeds our political awareness in this dystopian time as writers attempt to see, hear, and say something in relation to the bodies of the dead as well as to living readers. Moreover, this book provides a model for how to productively interweave theoretical and deeply personal accounts to encourage discussions about art and activism that transgress disciplinary boundaries, as well as lines of race, gender, class, and nation.

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THE NIGHTGOWN AND OTHER POEMS by Taisia Kitaiskaia

Thursday, October 29th |  7:00 pm
Online | Zoom webinar

Ripe with mythic awareness and dark, fairytale-turned-feminist humor, Taisia Kitaiskaia’s debut poetry collection catalogs magical beasts, language, and the mysteries of our world with wide, witchy eyes.

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