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.

 


Fall 2019 Workshops

Crafting Character for Fiction & Nonfiction

Windsor Park Branch Library Meeting Room
Thursdays, beginning September 19
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

According to Ernest Hemingway, writers should not make characters, they should make real people. In this workshop, we will explore the different techniques for developing "real people," with close attention paid to how character-writing shapes stories and essays. We will examine short fiction, short narrative essays, and experimental prose. By studying the different ways classic and contemporary authors have developed characters, we will hone methods for creating our own, and see how character details stack to form a narrative. You'll leave the workshop with a cast of characters rich enough to fill future novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Ellie Paolini, this workshops is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please register via Eventbrite as space is limited.

Please note, this workshop is a six-week series that will meet on the following dates from 7:00-9:00pm in the Windsor Park Branch meeting room:
Thursday, September 19
Thursday, September 26
Thursday, October 17
Thursday, October 24
Thursday, October 31
Thursday, November 7

ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTIST:

Ellie Paolini earned her MFA in creative writing from Hollins University in 2017. For the past three years, she has taught in the elementary program at Parkside Community School, where her joy is sharing her love of the written word with her students. Some of her recent stories (as E. M. Paulsen) can be found in Flock and The Florida Review online. She is currently working on her second novel.

 

Come As You Are Writing Series
Workshop 1: Personal Narrative & Memoir

Carver Branch Library Meeting Room
Wednesday, Sept. 18
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Writing about yourself might seem easy; who knows your story better than you, right? But finding the best way to express your identity, experiences, and emotions can be difficult and daunting. This workshop aims to help demystify writing about the self. To do so, we first explore the basic elements of personal narrative by looking at a variety of examples that use form and medium differently to tell the authors' stories. You will then be encouraged to explore your own experiences and identity to craft the start of your personal narrative, leaving you ready to embark on your memoir or with the seed for a community building storytelling project. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Mac Irvine, this workshops is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please register via Eventbrite as space is limited.
ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTIST:

Mac Irvine is a writer and scholar interested in performance, identity, and community. They are interested in the nuanced ways individuals build community by embracing identity, and have written about the the ways nightlife icons, up-and-coming comics, and local activists do this work. Their journalistic work has been published in The Austin Chronicle, The Chicago Reader, and Popular Science, and their master's thesis on queer nightlife in Chicago was awarded the Women's and Gender Studies Thesis Award. When they aren't reading or writing, Mac can be found volunteering with queer youth, exploring the outdoors, and attending concerts around town.

 

Come As You Are Writing Series
Workshop 2: Letting It Out

Carver Branch Library Meeting Room
Wednesday, October 16
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Often, the largest challenge we face as writers is getting started. We know the cliches: the dreaded blank page, waiting for inspiration to strike, writer’s block, and drifting away from our word processor to browse the Internet “for a minute.” Using writing activities inspired by improvisation and stream of consciousness, we’ll let our words loose and allow raw ideas to flourish. Led by Badgerdog teaching artist Marissa Macy, this workshops is free and open to adults, age 18 and up. Please register via Eventbrite as space is limited.
ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTIST:

Born and raised in Austin, Marissa Macy is in constant pursuit of telling stories. Whether it’s the short films she’s written and directed, her children’s fiction, or performing in improvised plays, it’s all about thickening the plot. Catch her on stage with the troupe Hometown Improv, on the Big Gay Musical Podcast, or in her film Bed Eater.