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Virtual Workshops: Fall 2020

ABC’s 2019 Summer Writing Retreat for Young Authors at St. Edward’s University.

Courageous Cadence with Performing Justice Project (8th–12th grade)

Interface: Zoom | October 14th–December 9th, Wednesdays from 6:30–8:30pm

Courageous Cadence is a spoken word poetry action residency for youth grades 8th-12th. Presented by the Performing Justice Project in partnership with ABC, Courageous Cadence will center the utilization of spoken word poetry as a tool for social justice. Through creative writing, performance-based skills, and personal storytelling, participants will examine and name connections between their individual experiences and systemic (in)justice. With a focus on race and gender theory, participants will imagine and perform more just possibilities for themselves and their communities. Courageous Cadence consists of eight two-hour video sessions in addition to a final performance for an audience. Join us to discover the rhyme in resistance and make a stand!

This work is not possible without centering the voices of members of marginalized communities. Hence, Austin Bat Cave and the Performing Justice Project strongly encourage applications by members of underrepresented groups. We hope to see you at the workshop!

To apply for Courageous Cadence, click here.

Austin Bat Cave Presents: Live Write-In (6th–12th grade)

Interface: Zoom | Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 6pm–7:15pm

Write alongside other teens and share your work open-mic style! During the write-in, you’ll be given a writing prompt and you’ll have 15 minutes to write independently. At the end of the 15 minutes, writers will have the opportunity to share their work open-mic style and get feedback from instructors and other teens. If you don’t want to share, you can just listen and hear how others responded to the prompt! Each Live Write-In will feature two prompts over the course of an hour.

Click here to reserve a spot.

Live Write-In & Author Visit with Natalia Sylvester (6th-12th grade)

Interface: Zoom | Wednesday, October 14th, 6pm–7:30pm

ABC is excited to host a special Live Write-in and author visit with Natalia Sylvester, author of Running! In this workshop, Natalia Sylvester will read from her novel, talk about the inspiration for her book, and answer audience questions. Then, during the write-in, you’ll write independently to prompts about some of the themes explored in the book to help you consider speaking your truth and using your voice for change even if you are afraid to. Writers will have the opportunity to share their work open-mic style and get feedback from instructors and other teens. If you don’t want to share, you can just listen and hear how others responded to the prompt!

Click here to reserve a spot.

Austin Bat Cave D&D Club (5th–9th grade)

Interface: Zoom | Sept. 29th–Dec. 1st, Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm

This fall, ABC is thrilled to offer a free bi-monthly, after-school Dungeons & Dragons Club! Students who are members of this club will play Dungeons & Dragons with a group of peers and an ABC teacher, build character-development and story-telling skills, and keep a writing journal documenting the adventures that take place during their D&D campaigns.  

Click here to reserve a spot. Space limited: 5 spots remaining.

Ghost Story Workshop (5th–8th grade)

Interface: Zoom | Saturday, October 17th, 1pm–3pm

Where do ghost stories come from? Why are people drawn to tales of terror? Is there a ghost story you want to write? This workshop with Carie Juettner, author of The Ghostly Tales of New England, will explore our fascination with ghost stories and how writers tackle spooky subjects. We’ll learn the elements of a ghost story and how to structure them for maximum creepiness. Writers will get the chance to write their own ghost stories and share them with the instructor and with one another . . . if they dare!   

Click here to reserve a spot.

Horror Writing (6th–10th grade)

Interface: Zoom |October 26th–30th, 5pm-6:30pm each day

What are the stories that scare you the most? Are they about monsters? Supernatural spirits? A trip to the Upside-Down? This program with author Jennifer Graham is for writers in 6th-10th grade who want to create horror fiction. Students will learn ways to work with horror tropes in order to write spine-tingling, hair-raising stories, whether subtly spooky or wildly terrifying. Over the course of the workshop, students will complete one short story and do a public reading. 

Click here to reserve a spot.

Celebrating Fandom Through Fanfiction (5th-9th grade)

Interface: Zoom |November 9th–13th, 5:00–6:30pm each day

Do you have a fandom that you love but wish the story had ended differently? Want to explore your own story and play around in that universe? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop will explore how we can celebrate fandoms we love from books, movies, TV and video games by honing our writing and storytelling skills. Writers will learn how to adapt characters from your favorite fandom to a new and original fictional scene and reimagine what the story could look like. You will also learn about fanfiction communities and about DIY publishing through fanfiction.

Click here to reserve a spot.

Post-Apocalyptic Fiction (6th-10th grade)

Interface: Zoom |November 16th–20th, 5pm–6:30pm each day

This workshop is for writers who want to write apocalyptic, dystopian, or futuristic fiction (Think Hunger Games. Think Divergent. Think Uglies). Students 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. 

Click here to reserve a spot.

#Quaranzine Workshop (5th-12th grade)

Interface: Zoom |Saturday, December 5th, 11am–1pm

Looking for creative outlets while staying at home? This workshop will provide opportunities to connect creatively and document what quarantine has been like for you in 2020. Join author and creator Austin Kleon for this special #Quaranzine workshop and learn about how he has been creating mini-zines using various materials at home. You will learn how to make your own zine (self-published book/magazine) and will have time to respond to prompts to get you thinking about what your zine will be about and how it can express your life during the quarantine.   

Click here to reserve a spot.

Do you have questions about an ABC workshop? Email Program Director Heather Jones at heather@austinbatcave.org.

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