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Summer Camps

Austin Bat Cave is excited to announce our new Summer Writing Retreat for Young Authors! 

Location: St. Edward’s University   Dates: July 15th–19th

Join Austin Bat Cave for our week-long overnight writer’s retreat dedicated to fiction, poetry, and autobiographical storytelling, 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 speakers, and educators, all while experiencing the lifestyle of a university campus. Past ABC instructors and guest speakers have included Karen Russell, Natalia Sylvester, and Bret Anthony Johnston.

Our interactive workshops will encourage students to delve into their imaginations while learning forms and structures of literary genres and subgenres. As students develop poems and stories, they will learn to critique and receive feedback, edit and revise, working closely with instructors and fellow campers to develop pieces they are proud to share and publish. As a culminating project, students will work together to prepare for a public reading (parents invited!) on the final evening of camp!

Following a full day of writing, students will spend evenings engaging in art and leisure activities guided by camp counselors, along with team-building and relationship-building games and adventures. Opportunities for one-on-one mentorship and feedback on writing will be provided each evening as well. Each camper will stay in a private, single-bed dorm room in St. Ed’s residence halls, chaperoned by program staff, and eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the university cafeteria.

Registration is open! Please click here to sign up.

Austin Bat Cave will announce in mid-March when registration opens for the rest of our summer camps.

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Magical Realism (6th – 9th grade)  |

Location: BookPeople  |  Dates: To be announced!

Kids can let their imaginations run wild by combining the ordinary with the fantastical at Austin Bat Cave’s Magic Realism summer workshop! This program will encourage students to break the rules of everyday reality by infusing their writing with magical elements: trees can talk, statues can come to life, humans can have secret superpowers… the possibilities for creativity and invention are endless. Students will read story excerpts, hear from guest speakers, talk through their ideas in daily brainstorming sessions, and craft their very own short stories inspired by this magical fiction genre.

Fiction Writing (5th – 8th grade)

Location: Austin Bat Cave, 1317 S. Congress Ave.  |  Dates: To be announced!

This workshop is for the young writers who want to explore the craft and conventions of fiction. We will focus on different genres, but particular attention will be paid to the structure of short fiction. Students will produce a piece of polished fiction by week’s end.

Poetry Writing (4th – 7th grade)

Location: Austin Bat Cave, 1317 S. Congress Ave.  |  Dates: To be announced!

This workshop for young poets will explore a variety of different poetic forms including lyrics, sonnets, blank verse, and more. For the young William Carlos Williams or Louise Gluck in your life! In addition to written poetry, students will learn about slam and spoken word. The week will end with a reading of work by the students!

Post-Apocalyptic (6th – 10th grade)

Location: Austin Bat Cave, 1317 S. Congress Ave.  |  Dates: To be announced!

Get ready to explore a post-apocalyptic Austin! This camp is for kids ages 11-14 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 bringing these worlds to life on the page. Guest speakers will provide information about futuristic energy, food, governments, and technology. Over the course of the workshop, students will complete one short story and do a public reading.

CaveCast: Stories from Austin High Schoolers (8th – 12th grade)

Location: Austin Bat Cave, 1317 S. Congress Ave.  |  Dates: To be announced!

Want to tell stories and broadcast them to millions of listeners all over the internet? Ready to do some journalistic digging and get to the bottom of what’s really going on? This summer camp for high schoolers will focus on the many different genres of podcasts and how to write, record, and produce. Campers will get the opportunity to work with professionals from the world of radio and podcasting. Podcasts will be featured on Austin Bat Cave’s website and social media pages!



Past Workshops

  • On the Record: Music Journalism with Austin Bat Cave (Ages 11-18)
  • Magical Realism
  • Dungeons & Dragons/Roleplaying Workshop
  • Austin’s Post-Apocalyptic
  • Austin Bat Cave Presents…Poetry Comics with Bridget Brewer!
  • Science Fiction
  • Creating Languages

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