Nonfiction Writing Classes

  • January 9, 2018

    Nonfiction Writing Group (Winter)

    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 (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, January 9 - March 27
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $156
  • January 11, 2018

    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:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 11 - March 29
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $156
  • February 24, 2018

    Writing a Biography

    With Bill Ellis. Writing a biography is not as simple as it sounds. You must not only know the background and details of a single person but also the history of that era. And you must present all that information in a way that is intriguing and appealing to readers. Who would be your subject? In this intensive class, we'll look at and practice writing the components of a successful biography. Register now for Writing a Biography.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 24
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • April 10, 2018

    Nonfiction Writing Group (Spring)

    With Neil Chethik. 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 (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, April 10 - May 22
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • April 12, 2018

    Autobiographical Comics

    With Kenn Minter. Autobiography appears in many mediums and we all have a story or two to tell. This class will focus on the autobiographical comic strip and graphic novel art form. Along with learning comic and sequential art basics, exposure to the work of some of the strongest autobiographical comic artists, students will be encouraged to express their own voice and create personal stories. Amateur illustrators welcome. Led by Kenn Minter, writer, illustrator, and publisher of comics and graphic novels. Kenn served at the University of Kentucky as an Art Director f...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 12 - May 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on May 17.

      Required supplies: Sharpies (fine point and extra fine point), #2 pencil, eraser, an 11 x 17 Bristol Board pad (smooth), and an 8.5 x 11 sketchbook; all other supplies will be provided.

  • April 28, 2018

    Memoir: How to Tell a True Story

    With Graham Shelby. Great nonfiction has many of the same basic elements as great fiction: characters, conflict, suspense, humanity, and a structure with a beginning, middle and end. Whether you're looking to tell your own story or someone else's, this class will help you define and refine your stories by identifying the most compelling events and perspectives and discussing innovative ways to captivate readers–all while telling the truth. Register now for Memoir: How to T...

  • April 14, 2018

    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. Register now for Nonfiction Book Proposals.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, April 14
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30