Adult Workshops

Spring 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 spring lineup! 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!

World Building: A Generative Workshop with Chaitali Sen

Tuition: $75.00

Thursday, January 24th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, January 25th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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In any genre of creative writing, whether you’re writing about real or imaginary places, the right details at the right time can transport readers wherever you want them to go. How do writers create a thoroughly immersive experience for their readers? In this 6-hour class, you will develop tools and strategies for world building through creative exercises, close readings, free writes, discussion and feedback. The class is open to writers of fiction and memoir at all levels.

Planning the Novel: From finding its core to revising with Natalia Sylvester

Tuition: $100.00

Thursday, February 7th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, February 8th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Writing, finishing, rewriting and revising a novel can feel like a larger-than-life task. In this two-day workshop, we’ll break it down into smaller, less intimidating steps focused on reclaiming the joy of writing and the sparks of inspiration that fuel it our stories. The first day will be dedicated to finding the core of your story—the passions, questions, and truths that will help keep you going from first draft to finished draft. On the second day, we’ll examine the purpose of revision and work on exercises to help you revise, rewrite, and reimagine your novel in a way that brings it closer to its heart.

Instant Poetry: Getting Words on the Page with Sean Petrie of Typewriter Rodeo

Tuition: $55.00

Tuesday, March 5th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday, March 6th: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Perhaps you’ve seen it at a festival or farmer’s market. Perhaps you’ve heard it being clacked out on the radio. Instant poetry — poems written on-the-spot for strangers, often on a typewriter — has seen a surge in popularity across the country. In this course, poet Sean Petrie of Austin’s “Typewriter Rodeo” walks, skips, and types you through the poetry creation process — from how to start a poem, “tricks” for adding rhyme, rhythm, and metaphor, embracing the power of mistakes, and deciding where to end.

It’s a crash-course on how to write an instant poem — and how those skills can help you tackle “traditional” poetry, overcome writer’s block, enliven existing prose, and spark story ideas.

More Naked Than Flesh: Writing the Erotic with Bridget Brewer

Tuition: $55.00

Wednesday, April 3rd: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, April 4th: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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What do ancient Sumerian poetry, Sappho, Anais Nin, dime-store novels about countesses and stable boys, the Marquis de Sade, the 1986 French novel Sphinx, and Harry Potter fanfiction all have in common?  Answer: they’re all examples of erotica – writing comprised of narrative and explicit portrayals of sexual relationships, intended to arouse the reader.  And they’re about to become part of your homework!  This class will involve generative writing prompts, short reading assignments, and the how-to’s of writing erotic literature, taught by a writer who paid her electricity bill by ghostwriting paranormal and dystopian erotic fiction for a decade.  If you’ve ever wanted to know how to write steamy love scenes, be bolder in your writing, or even learn how to sext with more than just the peach emoji, this is the class for you!

Please note: We’ll be looking at erotic content that addresses a wide range of gender presentations, body types, and identities.  (Werewolves and ghosts are not out of the question here, and erotic writing is never politically neutral!)  Please come prepared to have your notion of the erotic challenged, broadened, and pulled apart as we dive into the world of the bodily with our fellow classmates.

The Transformative Power of Place with Alejandro Puyana

Tuition: $55.00

Wednesday, April 24th: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Thursday, April 25th: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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One Hundred Years of Solitude without Macondo, Harry Potter without Hogwarts, or To the Lighthouse without the Cornwall coast. Place and setting are a vital component of engaging writing, be it fiction or nonfiction. It is not a backdrop for a staged performance, but rather a living organism that should change your characters and be changed by them as the story progresses. In this class we will use close readings, creative exercises, flash workshops and texts on craft to explore the creation of place and setting that transforms your work and captivates readers. This class is open to writers of fiction and non-fiction of all levels.

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