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Join Us Saturday, April 25! 

Our annual New Fiction Confab brings renowned fiction writers into Austin’s libraries to read from their work and lead writing workshops for Austinites of all ages. It is a unique (and free!) opportunity for the community to engage with the authors shaping the future of American literature.

This year's program features six authors: Rebecca Makkai (The Hundred-Year House), Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), Asali Solomon (Disgruntled), Akhil Sharma (Family Life), and Austin writers Amanda Eyre Ward (The Same Sky) and Mary Helen Specht (Migratory Animals). Moderating the conversations with the authors are: Austin writer Doug Dorst (S. w/ JJ Abrams, The Surf Guru, and Alive in Necropolis) and Tim Staley, executive director of the Library Foundation. 

For more about Confab events and authors click here.

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Badgerdog Writing Workshops

Registration is Open for Spring & Summer Programs!


6-Week Afterschool Workshop for 3rd-5th Graders

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This workshop explores the arts of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing. Led by a professional writer, students will practice the techniques published authors use to create exciting and meaningful work. Students will share their work with one another and receive feedback from the Badgerdog Teaching Artist. All students will be published on Badgerdog's student blog, Unbound.

Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 PM / March 31-May 5
The Toybrary @ 7817 Rockwood Lane
Open to 3rd-5th Graders

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Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp

Campers learn the power of words and how to creatively harness their voices. In three-week sessions led by professional writers, Badgerdog campers discover new literary works and create their own original poetry and prose. All campers are published in a professional-quality anthology that launches with a book-release party at the Texas Teen Book Festival. 

Open to rising 2nd- through 11th-graders.

Session 1: June 8 - June 26 / 9am - noon
Session 2: July 13-31 / 9am - noon
Locations across Austin! 

Learn more or register here


Offered in partnership with the O. Henry Museum...

Led by a professional writer, young readers explore a fantastic novel, take it apart, play around in its pages, admire its sentences and characters, and create new work based on the novel.

 Open to rising 4th-6th graders.

This year, we're crushing on Naomi Shihab Nye's The Turtle of Oman.


 O. Henry Museum / 409 East 5th Street (Downtown) / July 6-10 / 9am - noon / $150 

 Learn more or register here

Check out our spring workshops for adults at various Austin Public Library branches.


For questions about Badgerdog Creative Writing Workshops, contact programs manager Cecily Sailer at (512) 542-0076 or info@austinlibrary.org.

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