Nonfiction Writing Classes

  • September 5, 2017

    Nonfiction Writing Group

    With Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director. Join a lively, diverse group of people in exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Nonfiction Writing Group.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, September 5 - November 21
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $156
  • September 5, 2017

    Life Writing Jumpstart

    With Leatha Kendrick A three-week intensive designed to get you back into the heart of the essay or memoir you’ve meant to be working on. Reading excerpts from memoirs, essays, and fiction based in life events and writing from prompts, we will draft, deepen, and shape a single piece of work over three weeks. Limit: 15 participants [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Life Writing Jumpstart.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, September 5 - September 19
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $54
  • September 14, 2017

    Essay & Column Writing

    With Teri Carter. Have you ever wanted to write a short piece for a magazine or newspaper, but didn’t know where to start? In this class, you will learn what makes for a great essay, how to tell a story in 800 words or less, and how to get it published. Led by Teri Carter, a current community columnist for the Lexington Herald- Leader. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Essay & Column Writing.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, September 14 - December 7
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $156
  • September 30, 2017

    Layering in Memoir

    With Kimi Hardesty. An artist adds substance and depth to a painting by adding layers of paint to the canvas. We see the art from different angles with each pass of the brush; the interpretation of the piece expands. The same can be done in writing memoir. In this class, we’ll deconstruct layers in a portion of a short story written by Mavis Gallant and then reverse the process and build our own scenes, layer by layer. We will take a short break for lunch; bring a brown bag if you’d like. [ALL LEVELS]    

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, September 30
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40
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      Register NOW for Layering in Memoir.

  • October 12, 2017

    Life Writing: The Heart of the Story

    With Leatha Kendrick For any writer who has begun or would like to explore writing prose based in life experience. We will examine the forms of autobiography: memoir, essay, and fictionalized life writing. “The plot is the why of the story,” Eudora Welty said—not a structure imposed from outside, but one discovered as we write toward the heart of our stories. We will generate new pieces of memoir using prompts to focus the writing while reading selected memoir, essays, and scenes to inspire and direct us. Reading and writing both in-class and outside class are required. ...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, October 12 - November 16
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $108
  • November 11, 2017

    Nonfiction Book Proposals

    With Andrew Shaffer. Got an idea for a nonfiction book or memoir? Before you invest months or years writing it, hold up! Nonfiction publishing isn’t like the fiction market—you don’t need to have a completed manuscript before querying agents.New York Times bestseller Andrew Shaffer—author of two nonfiction titles for HarperCollins—will help you turn your idea into a slickly-formatted book proposal. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] Register now for Nonfiction Book Proposals