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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 Rosewood Avenue (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!


“We All Had Ponies!”: How to Interview Your Relatives and Write About Their Lives with Maurice Chammah

Tuition: $35

Time & Date:
Saturday, November 2nd 2:30pm — 5:30pm

Register here!

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

About the Instructor:

Maurice Chammah has written for Guernica about his father’s relationship to his native Syria. He previously worked at the Texas After Violence Project, collecting oral histories about criminal justice issues. Now, he writes about the criminal justice system for The Marshall Project. His forthcoming book about the Texas death penalty was awarded the 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Book Award.

Have you ever found yourself wanting to know more about the lives your parents, grandparents, and other relatives lived before you were born? Do you have an itch to write the next great family history essay? In this one-afternoon workshop, a working journalist will share interview tips — which you can use over the holidays! — and talk about the sorts of primary sources you might dig up at home to contextualize what you learn and help you discover how your ancestors’ experiences intersect with capital H-History. We’ll also discuss how to develop, structure, write, and publish essays about family history, analyzing work by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and Daniel Mendelsohn.

This class will serve as a teaser for an 8-week class beginning in January. Come back in the new year and take the next steps towards researching and writing an emotionally rich and historically-layered essay.

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

Deep Dive into Satire with Amy Jordan

Tuition: $65

Time & Date:
Saturday, November 9th, 3:00pm — 6:00pm
Saturday, November 16th, 3:00pm — 6:00pm

Register here!

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

About the Instructor:

Amy Jordan has been teaching improv and sketch comedy in Austin, Texas for the past 10 years. She teaches regularly at Fallout Theater and Georgetown Palace Theater. She is currently the producer and host of Yes But Why, a weekly podcast which interviews performers around the world about their journey as an artist: yesbutwhypodcast.com. Amy Jordan is also the proud co-owner of HC Universal Podcast Network.

There are a lot of wild things happening in the world and we need to learn how to properly make fun of them. In this two-session worksop, Amy Jordan guides participants through basic storytelling techniques to present a satirical comedy sketch that makes people think but does not offend.

This class is open to writers at all levels. 

Writing Gifts with Naomi Shihab Nye

Tuition: $200.00

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

Register here!

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 leading a writing workshop for adults, please email emily@austinbatcave.org.

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