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Adult Workshops

2019 Adult Writing Classes & Workshops

We are excited to offer adult writing programs for writers of all skill levels. Stay tuned as we add more workshops and classes to our summer and fall lineup! Unless otherwise noted, all classes take place at Austin Bat Cave on S. Congress (map).

Please note: The fees from ABC’s adult writing workshops are used to both subsidize our programs for children and to pay your workshop instructors.

All classes are non-refundable but are transferrable to another person or to another class of equal or lesser value!

2019 Instructors include Lara Prescott, Owen Egerton, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

LIMITED TIME OFFER

ALL WORKSHOP ATTENDEES WILL BE ENTERED INTO A RAFFLE FOR A FREE REGISTRATION TO THE 2020 AWP CONFERENCE & BOOK FAIR IN SAN ANTONIO, TX (MARCH 4th – 7th)! EACH REGISTRATION COUNTS AS ONE ENTRY. MULTIPLE ENTRIES ALLOWED!


Writing Historical Fiction with Lara Prescott

Tuition: $100.00

Time & Date:
Wednesday, August 7th, 6:30pm — 9:30pm

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Location:
Austin Bat Cave
1210 Rosewood Ave. (map)

About the Instructor:

Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets We Kept, is forthcoming (September 2019) from Alfred A. Knopf; it will be translated into 28 languages and adapted for film by The Ink Factory and Marc Platt Productions.

How does one begin to write about the past, whether it’s the Cold War or the fall of the Ming Dynasty? Do you research before you put pen to paper or as the story develops? And is too much research ever a hindrance? In this discussion, Lara Prescott shares the research process for her book, The Secrets We Kept, and how she found a way to give new light to a historical event. From reading declassified CIA documents to obtaining genuine artifacts to traveling to Moscow, London, Paris, and D.C., Prescott discusses what worked best for her as well as missteps along the way. This class is open to fiction and nonfiction writers of all levels. 


Writing Gifts with Naomi Shihab Nye

Tuition: $200.00

Time & Date:
Sunday, December 15th 6:00pm — 9:00pm

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Location:
Austin Bat Cave
1210 Rosewood Ave. (map)

About the Instructor:

Naomi Shihab Nye earned her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work, including a Lavan Award, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Robert Creeley Prize, and many Pushcart Prizes. She has received a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and she was a Witter Bynner Fellow. From 2010 to 2015 she served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2018 she was awarded the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Texas Institute of Letters. Nye is the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.

“The sky is the only store worth shopping in for anything as long as a life.”

          Naomi Shihab Nye

Welcome! Our poetry/paragraph workshop will focus on what we already have in our vast treasure-houses of material – what we haven’t used yet, what we might restyle as a gift for ourselves or someone else. In this season of shopping and gift giving, writing itself might be our best gift. What about a poem in honor of someone else? A paragraph to be hand-printed on lovely paper as a treat for anyone you’d like to surprise?  So many discoveries regularly rising out of the practice and process of writing – you will leave with at least 4-6 different rough drafts. Lots of presents! Workshop/playshop open to all writers.  Please bring a single favorite poem written by somebody else.

Suggested preparation texts (just try to read a few poems by any of these people):

William Stafford, Jane Hirshfield, Harryette Mullen, Ron Padgett, W.S. Merwin, Carrie Fountain, Walt Whitman, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Joy Harjo, Danusha Lameris, Marie Howe


If you are interested in participating in creative writing programs for adults, please email info@austinbatcave.org.

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