Badgerdog offers creative writing workshops for adult writers of all age and skill levels in libraries and community centers across Austin. Some classes offer a broad survey of literary genres and written forms, while others focus specifically on fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. This fall, we are offering a blend of free and fee-based classes. The fee-based classes allow us to continue providing free workshops in the libraries. We hope you will consider participating in both, to enjoy the free programming and support our ability to provide half of our programs at no cost.
Sundays, March 26 & April 30 / 2:00-4:00 PM / Faulk Central Library
Badgerdog is the official host of Write Club, an informal, monthly gathering of writers. Each two-hour session is distinct from the rest and will touch on a variety of genres and writing strategies. This is a great way to find new sources of inspiration and meet fellow writers. Teaching Artist Terri Schexnayder will lead these sessions.
Book Discussion Groups: 'March' by John Lewis
Join us for a discussion of March, the three-volume graphic memoir by Congressman John Lewis, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. Created in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell, March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. Badgerdog Teaching Artist Julie Poole will lead these open-ended discussions.
* Participants registered participants are eligible for a docent-led tour (Tues. 3/28 @ 6PM) of the Warfield Center Galleries' exhibit March On!, featuring images from the graphic memoir and historical documents from the Civil Rights Movement. Participants are also eligible to win tickets to a March 24th event featuring Congressman John Lewis here in Austin.
Monday, March 13 / 6:30-8:00 PM / Manchaca Branch Library
Literary Playground: Techniques for Writing a Children's Novel
Mondays, March 27 & April 3 / 6:30-8:30 PM / Terrazas Branch Library
Ever considered writing a novel for children? Do you feel like you have the perfect idea, but you're not sure how to begin? In this two-part workshop led by writer Noah Weisz, we'll examine excerpts from outstanding children's novels and discover ways to tackle some of the unique demands -- and special possibilities -- of writing for young readers. *Participants must commit to attending both classes in this two-part series.*
Call & Response: Poetry of Witness and Resistance
Saturday, April 8 / 1:00-3:00 PM / Millwood Branch Library
What makes a poem political? What's at stake when writing about (or avoiding) subjects that might be considered political? This workshop led by Amanda Johnston will examine poems of resistance from across the 20th and 21st centuries. Attendees will look at work that directly and indirectly responds to social justice issues and create new work.
Delving into Mysticism: Yeats, Tarot & Poetics
Saturday, May 20 / 10:30 AM-12:30 PM / Terrazas Branch Library
Grab your writing pads and tarot cards (or use ours) and join us for this generative writing workshop led by Micah Ruelle. Poetry and tarot have a long history, and it makes sense that modern poets would continue to draw on the deck's associate nature. Come discover what tarot has to offer your creative process!
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