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Extra, Extra! Journalism at the Austin American-Statesman (Ages 11-14)

  • When: July 7-11 (Monday-Friday), 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Where: Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Ave.
  • What: Just the facts, ladies and gents! In this week-long camp, students ages 11-14 will learn about the everyday operations of Austin’s premiere newspaper. They’ll speak with various newspaper staffers, consider how journalism is evolving in today’s world of social media, and write their own pieces for publication. Register here!


The End of the World as We Know It: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (Ages 11-14)

  • When: July 14-18 (Monday-Friday), 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: TBA
  • What: This workshop is for students ages 11-14 who want to write apocalyptic, dystopian, or futuristic fiction. (Think Hunger Games. Think Divergent. Think Uglies.) Over the course of the week, students will focus on imagining worlds different from their own and then bringing these worlds to life on the page. Guest speakers will offer insight into futuristic energy, food, governments, and technology. Students will then incorporate their newfound knowledge into their fiction, giving their characters a vibrant new world in which to live. By the workshop’s end, students will have completed one short story. Register here!


Ka-Pow! Comic Book Writing (Ages 9-11)

  • When: July 28-August 1 (Monday-Friday), 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: TBA
  • What: In this writing- and drawing-oriented workshop for kids ages 9-11, students will learn the building blocks of creating their own comics from instructor Danithan Mejia, editor of Austin-based literary and arts journal Foxing Quarterly. The class will also delve into plot, character, and other topics at the heart of creating fiction. The week will culminate in the class creating a collaborative publication. Register here!


Page to Screen: Fiction Adaptation at the Alamo Drafthouse (Ages 14-18)

  • When: August 4-6 (Monday-Wednesday), 9:00am-noon
  • Where: Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar (1120 South Lamar Blvd.)
  • What: Fiction–from Shakespeare plays to Hunger Games–has always been a rich source of material for movies. Students in this fiction- and film-focused camp will read fiction and see film adaptations of it in order to better understand the considerations of bringing already fully formed characters, plots, and settings to movie audiences. Students will then write their own fiction scenes and transform them into scenes in screenplay form. It is recommended that students bring short stories that they have already written, but this is not a requirement. Register here!


Fiction Workshop With Author Michael Parker (Adults)

  • When: May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11, 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Where: Location TBA
  • Cost: $250 (all proceeds benefit ABC’s free programs for children ages 6-18)
  • What: This adult workshop, intended for intermediate and advanced writers, will provide participants with detailed feedback about their fiction, as well as the opportunity to get to know other Austin writers. The first class will be a craft talk by Michael Parker, and following classes will focus on discussing participants’ work, which will be distributed and read in advance of each session. This workshop will be capped at 10 participants. Register here!


  • Michael Parker is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. His work has appeared in journals including Five Points, The Georgia Review, The Southwest Review, Epoch, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, Shenandoah, The Black Warrior Review, Trail Runner, and Men’s Journal. He is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and since 2009 has been on the faculty of the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.