KidLit Cares: 3-Day Writing Retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin

Auction #39:  3-Day Writing Retreat at The Writing Barn in Austin, TX

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Superstorm Sandy. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can read more about KidLit Cares here. Now, on to the auction!

Spend a weekend writing, reading, retreating or simply hitting up every food truck in Austin, Texas. Bethany Hegedus, children’s author and Writing Barn Owner is happy to donate a weekend stay to the Sandy relief efforts. The weekend, scheduled at an agreed upon time between the winning bidder and owner, will be for three nights, Friday-Sunday– a $600 + value.

Host to the Texas Book Festival Kid Lit authors and illustrators, all published peeps who visit The Writing Barn are encouraged to sign the beams on the screened-in-porch.

(Here’s Jarrett Krosoczka signing his beam. Don’t you want to sign one, too? Bid!)
For more information about The Writing Barn, or to ask specific questions, please email

Opening Bid: $50

Auction Ends: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10pm EST. (Any bids submitted in comments after that time will be void.)

A note about last-minute bidding: If you are used to computerized Ebay auctions that end at an exact, given second, please know that the KidLit Cares auctions don’t work quite that way. Each auction ends when I post the “Auction closed” comment. I do that when my computer turns to 10pm, but because I have multiple auctions to close at that time (also because I am human) it will not be a totally exact thing.  (I have been working for years to try and clone myself, but to no avail, and I am particularly bummed about that at the moment. Those cloned Kates would have been great at closing auctions all at once.) At any rate, the winning bid is the high bid before the Auction Closed comment, even if the time on your computer reads slightly after 10:00. Thanks for understanding!

If you’d like to bid on this auction, check the current high bid and place a higher bid by leaving your name and bid amount in the comments, along with some way to contact you (email, FB or Twitter…I’m not fussy.) Winners will be notified when the auction ends and should be prepared to make an online donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund in the amount of the high bid at that time.  After you’ve made your donation, you’ll forward your receipt to me, and I’ll put you in touch with the person who donated the service you won so that the two of you can work out the details about how and when.   All services will be provided at the convenience of both the person making the donation and the auction winner, but this should happen within three months of the auction’s end unless something else is agreed upon by both parties.

Good luck and thanks for your help!

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  1. Erin Murphy
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    I bid $125. 🙂

  3. Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Bethany! That’s so generous of you.

    And Kate, you are simply amazing with the good work you continue to do. Thank you.

    I’m in at $150 for The Writing Barn.

  4. Barbara Moon
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink


  5. Barbara Moon
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink


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  8. Darla Pruitt
    Posted November 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink


  9. Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh! I was just talking to my critique group about this place! Bidding now at $75! 😀

    • Posted November 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

      Dang! Just saw the bid prices…out of my range already. :/

  10. Posted November 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Current high bid is $300 from Darla Pruitt…

  11. Posted November 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink


  12. Barbara Moon
    Posted November 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink


  13. Susan Wei
    Posted November 5, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink


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  15. Barbara
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink


  16. Juana
    Posted November 9, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink


  17. Barbara
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink


  18. Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    This auction is now closed. The winner is the high bidder whose comment and high bid are posted directly above this “end of auction” notice. If that’s you, please make sure your contact information on that comment is current so that I can touch base in a few minutes to confirm that you won. Then, you’ll use the Red Cross link below to make a donation in the amount of your high bid to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Please don’t do that until I contact you, just to be sure. If your bid is listed after this notice, you are not the high bidder, as your bid came in after the auction closed. (We still appreciate your support, though!) Here’s the donation link:

    After you have made your donation, please email me at the following address: k m e s s n e r at kate messner dot com (all lower case, no spaces) with your Red Cross receipt attached. On Monday, I’ll provide you with the information you’ll need to get in touch with the donor of your item and carry out the terms of the auction.

    Thank you – again – for your support in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Your generosity will be a huge help to the Red Cross as the serve the people hurting the most in the storm’s path.


  19. Erin Murphy
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    Darn it! I meant to come back and bid on this!

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