Nonfiction Writing Classes

  • September 13, 2016

    Getting the Horse Before the Cart: A Start in Nonfiction

    With Richard Taylor.  Are you looking for a way to tell the stories you know using both the techniques of fiction writing and the authenticity of lived experience? We will explore options in telling your story, from memoir to reportage, covering some of the modes of expression in creative nonfiction. Writing exercises will permit you to explore some of the available, and unimagined, possibilities. We will share what we write in a workshop setting and try to find the mode and voice through which you want to tell your story. One goal will be to help each writer fashion a v...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, September 13 - October 4
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $48
  • September 13, 2016

    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:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, September 13 - November 29
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $144
  • September 12, 2016

    Life Writing: The Art of Revision

    With Leatha Kendrick. This eight-week class is designed for writers who want to work with pieces they’ve completed or want to revise. We will focus on revision strategies that take a “finished” memoir or essay to the next level. This class is not about publishing your book—or even about writing a book—but about discovering ways to “tell it better.” By the end of the series, you will have tried revision skills you can apply to any new piece of work. [ADVANCED]

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, September 12 - October 31
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $144
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  • September 14, 2016

    Life Writing: Finding the Story

    With Leatha Kendrick. During our eight weeks together we will generate new pieces of writing using prompts and excerpts from great memoirs to guide us. The focus will be on completing short segments of writing and bringing them to class for review and critique. Along the way we will explore the structures of memoir in order to guide you as you find the story in your life’s events. At the end of this eight-week class you will have a body of new writing to add to y...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, September 14 - November 2
    • Time:
      1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $144
  • October 15, 2016

    Writing Your Own Obituary

    With Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director.  What do you want your community to remember about you? What achievements define you? Join Neil Chethik, author of FatherLoss, as we create the lasting words of our own obituaries. All ages welcome. Bring an old and current photo. [ALL LEVELS] Register Now for Writing Your Own Obituary.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:00 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • October 22, 2016

    Writing Memoir: You – Wild & True

    With Graham Shelby.  Some writers worry that their lives aren’t dramatic enough for good nonfiction if they haven’t gotten rowdy with rock stars, tamed tigers or explored faraway lands. The truth is you can engage readers with any story if you tell it with heart – and imagination. We’ll discuss strategies and tactics that can help any writer from any background tell wildly compelling and imaginative true stories. In partnership with this class, Graham will present a one-man show called "The Man on TV" on Wed...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 (Veterans: $10)