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Volunteer Opportunities

Spring & Summer Volunteer Opportunities

We’re always looking for volunteers to join the team for our free writing programs. We work with students in groups and one-on-one to develop their creative and expository writing skills. Austin Bat Cave works with volunteers with a range of classroom experience. Our students benefit from our volunteers’ passionate mentorship and individual feedback. Take a look at our opportunities below and let us know if you have any questions. Then, sign up to volunteer!

2020 Summer Camps

Dreaming a Community in Del Valle
June 8th-12th, 9am–12pm each day
Location: TBD campus in Del Valle ISD
This camp is for writers in 3rd-5th grade from Del Valle ISD who want to write about their communities. Campers will re-imagine their city and neighborhoods by creating and writing about their own imagined city and ways that they can be leaders. Over the course of the workshop, students will create a passport for their city, write persuasive letters to local officials, and consider how sharing their opinions and stories can create change.

Writing Our Stories on the Magic School Bus 
June 22nd-26th, time TBD each day
Location: Elroy Community Library
This camp is for 4th-7th graders from Del Valle who want to write imaginative stories inspired by Austin Bat Cave’s magical mobile classroom and library, the “Bat Mobile.” Campers will write short stories and poetry by imagining where the bus could take them and incorporating books and stories from the library. Over the course of the workshop, students will create a group zine of their collective stories and illustrations to share with the library community.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (6th – 10th grade)
June 22nd-26th, 1pm–4pm each day
Location: 1210 Rosewood Avenue (The Bat Cave Classroom)
Get ready to explore post-apocalyptic Austin! This camp is for writers who want to write apocalyptic, dystopian, or futuristic fiction (Think Hunger Games. Think Divergent. Think Uglies). Campers will re-imagine their city and neighborhoods in post-apocalyptic terms and bring these worlds to life on the page. Over the course of the workshop, students will complete one short story and do a public reading. And, they may taste some insects, for the sake of research. 🙂

Creative Writing with GirlForward (7th-12th grade)
June 29th–July 2nd, 12pm–2:30pm each day
Location: TBD (Central Austin)
Each year, we lead a writing camp with one of our favorite community partners, GirlForward! GirlForward is a nonprofit that works to support teen girls who have been displaced from their home countries due to conflict or persecution. This year, the teens at GirlForward have requested a poetry or journalism workshop! We’ll be developing a fun curriculum to explore one of these two topics.

Dungeons & Dragons Writing Camp (5th – 9th grade)
July 20th-24th, 1pm–4pm each day
Location: TBD (tentatively Dragon’s Lair)
In this camp, students will create a fantasy character, designing everything from their physical traits to their backstory. Campers will then work together in small groups to solve problems, defeat monsters, and save the day as they discover their stories and keep a journal of their daily adventures.

Summer Writing Retreat for Young Authors
July 13th–17th, times vary each day (contact heather@austinbatcave.org for more info)
Location: St. Edward’s University 
Join Austin Bat Cave for our week-long overnight writer’s retreat dedicated to fiction, perfect for young authors who want to immerse themselves in their craft! Campers will engage in daily creative writing workshops taught by local Austin writers, guest authors, and educators, all while experiencing the lifestyle of a university campus. We’re currently looking for volunteers to help teach electives on horror writing, improv, screenwriting, DIY publishing, and speculative fiction.

Writing Workshops

College Essay Writing with Anderson AVID
When: Feb 26-27, April 14-15, & April 30-May 1 (shifts available)
Where: Anderson High School
Grade level: 11th

College Essay Writing
When: 1:20pm–4:30pm, April (exact dates TBD)
Where: Crockett High School
Grade level: 11th

Personal Narrative Writing with Breakthrough Central Texas
When: Two Saturdays, 10am–2pm in April 2020 (exact dates TBD)
Where: Breakthrough Central Texas
Grade level: 7th-8th

Sign up to volunteer for these workshops!

Spring & Summer 2020 Volunteer Calendar

Volunteers are now able to easily browse through our full slate of programs for the semester. Program schedules and information are now accessible through our public Google Calendar.

As programs are added to our roster, they’ll be updated and added to the calendar. If you have any questions, be sure to contact Heather for more information!

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