With Bill McCann. Playwrights—aspiring or produced—will meet to read and discuss their works in progress, share submission opportunities, and support each other’s efforts to write better plays. Come and join the conversation or bring 10 pages of a work you’d like to hear read aloud, along with copies for each required reader and one for the person reading stage directions (a two person play would mean you’d need to bring three copies). Everyone is welcome. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us. [ALL LEVELS]
With Sarah Combs. If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the Lexington Senior Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road. This group features in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. Note: Classes held at the Senior Center do not meet if Fayette County public schools are closed due to inclement weather. [ALL LEVELS]
With Bronson O’Quinn. This is an opportunity to write without rules, editing, or judgment. It’s great if you want to limber up or need inspiration for something to work on later. We write from a simple prompt, followed by readings and “recalls” where other writers simply repeat your words back to you without criticism or praise. We draw inspiration from a chapter from Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down The Bones entitled “Writing as Practice.” Join at any time during the semester. [ALL LEVELS]
With Jay McCoy. While living with a chronic condition or caring for a loved one, we often find comfort and strength through writing. We will focus on exercises, prompts, and visualizations to explore challenges whether from the perspective of the person living with illness or of the caregiver. We will take time to create and develop new work and to workshop our own stories and poems. Writers of all levels and all genres are welcome. [ALL LEVELS] Register Now for Writing for ...
With Josh Filipowski. Think you’re funny? Have you ever thought about trying stand-up comedy? Or do you want to take your stand-up and comedy writing to the next level? This workshop led by comedian & producer Josh Filipowski will help you find your inner comedic voice, whittle down to find the funny, or punch-up what already is. [ALL LEVELS] Register Now for Stand-Up Comedy Writing
With Rhea Lehman This class explores the embodied source and experience of writing. When people speak of a “writer’s voice,” or that writing unfolds in “broad strokes” or takes “sudden turns,” we’re reminded that writing is a physical, gestural act. Our writing and imaginations light up when we actively engage all our senses, including the kinesthetic sense. We’ll begin with simple explorations of breath and movement, to then feel our way into creative moves across the page. (If you’re a floor-sitter, bring a blanket.) [ALL LEVELS]
With Melissa Bell Pitts. “The artist brain is the sensory brain: sight and sound, smell and taste, touch; these are the elements of magic and magic is the elemental stuff of art,” writes Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way. This is a generative, hands-on class designed to increase your stock of sensory details through in-class exercises, a sensory journal and close examination of passages by authors who bring the magic to their prose and poetry. By the end of class, you will have your own sensory well to draw from for your art. [ALL LEVELS]
With Sarah Combs This cross-genre class will address the importance of crafting narrative through scenes. Through in-class writing exercises and discussion of the work of established writers, we will explore that thorniest of writers’ quandaries: When (and how much) do I Show, and When (and how much) do I Tell? [ALL LEVELS] Register Now for Show or Tell? How to Make a Scene
If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the Lexington Senior Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road. This group features in-class writing exercises; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems and stories; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. Note: Classes held at the Senior Center do not meet if Fayette County public schools are closed due to inclement weather. [ALL LEVELS] Register Now for Spring Seniors Writing Gro...
With Cole Bennett.This is an opportunity to write without rules, editing, or judgment -- the best way to start! Also the best way to limber up, or generate something new and energetic for working on later. We write from a simple prompt, followed by readings and “recalls”--other writers simply recalling your words back to you, without criticism or praise. Natalie Goldberg’s witty and insightful Writing Down The Bones is suggested reading, but not required. Writers of all stripes are welcome to join us at any time. [ALL LEVELS]
With Jennifer Barricklow. This class is geared to anyone looking for a different kind of writing prompt in an interactive workshop setting. It is not a tarot class for writers; it is a writing class that uses pictorial cards as tools for inspiration, organization, and more. No tarot or writing experience necessary. Participants may bring their own decks or use a deck from the instructor’s collection. [ALL LEVELS] Register Now for Writing with Tarot