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Tricking kids into a love of writing since 2007!
Tricking kids into a love of writing since 2007!
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Who We Are

Austin Bat Cave is a non-profit writing & tutoring center for kids (ages 6 to 18) that is inspired by the highly successful organization 826 National (co-founded by Dave Eggers) and its respective chapters around the country. We offer a number of free creative writing programs to help students increase their writing and critical thinking skills, to build their confidences as writers, and to dismantle the idea that writing is some insurmountable and unfulfilling task. 

We believe that through our workshops and by providing kids in the classroom with one-on-one attention we can help kids become not just better writers but better students.

What We Do

We make published authors out of elementary, middle, and high school kids. After taking the creative work produced by the kids in our programs and helping the students rewrite and edit and revise their work, we publish their stories and poems and personal essays in our HAND & WING anthology. Professionally designed and printed, the HAND & WING anthology becomes a tangible testament to the hard work and creative output of our students. 

The anthology is something they can put on their bookshelves, can find sold in local bookstores, can show to family and friends. It is proof-positive that they have stories to tell -- through poetry or songwriting or the graphic novel -- and that their stories are compelling and important and well worth telling. Our Hand & Wing program and the anthology that comes out of it is transformative and inspiring. This year represents the fourth consecutive year of our Hand & Wing program; to date, it has impacted hundreds of public school students in the city of Austin. 

How Your Support Will Be Used

Every dollar raised through our Kickstarter campaign will be used to continue funding our in-school Writer's Residency program, Hand & Wing. Every week for the entire school year, we send between three and five volunteers into the classroom to work with students to improve their writing skills and to support the hard-working teachers of Austin ISD. We do this by working with students in small groups and one-on-one with with those who are struggling the most to unravel the mysterious and often daunting writing process. We also bring our own creative writing workshops into the classroom so that once a month the students are given the opportunity to enjoy engaging non-academic writing awesomeness -- hip-hop poetry, comic book writing, screenwriting, and comedy and sketch writing to name just a few of the writing workshops we bring to the students in our program. We then take the best work produced by our budding writers and help them make it even better and then publish it. Given the recent budget cuts in public education, this work is more critical than ever before. 

Your contribution -- no matter how much you give -- will enable us not only to continue our great, free program, but will allow us to expand, to work in more public schools and with more great, inventive students. Your support of us and what we do means more to us than you can imagine, and whatever you're able to give, we thank you wholeheartedly.

Thanks so much for your support!

(Disclaimer: Your contribution to Austin Bat Cave is tax-deductible. Austin Bat Cave will send a contribution letter for tax purposes to every donor who requests one. Please email your request to info@austinbatcave.org and please include Contribution Letter in the subject of your email.)

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    The Shout Out :: For a dollar, we will shout your name from the rooftops! (Or, 'a' rooftop.)

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    Buy a Word :: Pledge us a five-spot and we'll send you a word -- your choice of 'gawsey', 'jape', 'slipslop', 'mooncalf', or 'vermiculate' -- defined and mailed (while the mail is still running!) to your door with our thank you written in Haiku on the back.

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    The Bat Book Club :: Receive copies of both our Citywide & Summer anthologies, full of great writing by kids all across Austin.

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    The Cartographer :: Receive a fancy, beautifully designed fictional map of the fabled East Austin Caves, full of fun facts about the discovery of these fictional caves, the flora & fauna living in these caves, and the mysterious people who once inhabited them! (Request flat or folded.) Copy and paste to view: <front> http://tiny.cc/7ihv0 <back> http://tiny.cc/nbra6

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    I Don't Have a Mane :: Download our full-length album with a $25 donation. Includes 9 songs with lyrics written by the students of Anderson High School, put to music by 9 local bands including Western Ghost House, TV Torso, Comanche Club, Crooks, Ringo Deathstarr, Aaron Behrens of Ghostland Observatory, and more!

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    1,001 Nights :: Well, maybe not one thousand and one nights and more like six nights. With this, you receive six free passes to Austin Bat Cave's exciting night of storytelling, held at Home Slice Pizza, The Story Department. Based on the award-winning series, The Moth, ABC brings in storytellers from all around Austin to recount brilliant, funny, often poignant stories based on a new theme each month.

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    1,001 Nights Plus :: At this level, you get the six admissions to ABC's The Story Department AND a download of our freshly mastered Story Department album, "Stories in the Best Way, the Best of the Story Department."

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    Hand & Wing Volume 4 :: Our most recent publication of student work, Hand & Wing includes written work, artwork, and a full-length CD, produced by the students enrolled in our creative writing program during the 2010-2011 school year.

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    The Guru :: A signed copy of THE SURF GURU, the fabulous new collection of short stories by Austin-based author (and Advisory Board Member), Doug Dorst.

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    Dead or Alive :: A signed copy of ALIVE AT THE NECROPOLIS, the New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice first novel by Austin-based author (and Advisory Board Member), Doug Dorst.

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    The Kit & Kaboodle :: A copy of our latest volume of Hand & Wing, the digital download of I DON'T HAVE A MANE CD, the East Austin Map and the I DON'T HAVE A MANE posters, all rolled into one.

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    Book & a Pie :: Executive Director, former owner of the Clarksville Pie Company, and author of the essay, "The Pie Guy" from the collection of essays, MAN WITH A PAN, Manuel Gonzales will hand deliver to you a signed copy of MAN WITH A PAN and will bake you a pie (of your choosing)! Disclaimer: For donors living outside the Austin, Texas metroplex, please add $50 to the amount to cover overnight shipment of freshly baked pie.

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    The Moody :: VIP Pass to a screening of The Ice Storm hosted by ABC in December and featuring Rick Moody and Evan Smith (founder and publisher of The Texas Tribune).

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    Book & a Pie PLUS :: The Book & a Pie reward but instead of simply delivering a pie to your home, Executive Director Manuel Gonzales will come to your house, give you a signed copy of the collection of essays MAN WITH A PAN, and will give you a pie-baking lesson, the results of which (a freshly baked pie of your choosing) you will keep!

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    1,001 Nights Super Plus :: A night of The Story Department for you and your guests in your own home. You choose the theme, we will provide a night of fantastic storytelling delivered by some of our favorite storytellers.

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    The Bat Cruise :: A 2-hour Bat Boat Cruise on Ladybird Lake with a local author for 10 people. Boat holds 80 so you may purchase multiple packages if you want a bash of just your own friends. Beer & Wine provided. There's no better way to see the bats as they fly out from beneath Congress Avenue bridge than with your friends on a boat! Bats fly through October. Thereafter it's a boat cruise with an author, not a bat boat cruise.

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    The Workshop :: A one-day fun and creative writing workshops for up to fifteen kids (grouped by age) run by the good folks at Austin Bat Cave. This is what we do best. Give your kids a fun and exciting writing party and watch them grow into miniature authors. Get this for your kid and his or her friends or give it as a gift or simply donate it to a classroom or school of your choosing!

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