Multi-Genre Writing Classes

  • January 5, 2018

    Seniors Writing Group (Winter)

    With Sarah Combs. If you've reached that golden age, join this writing group, featuring 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. Register now for Seniors Writing Group (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, January 5 - March 30
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:03 pm
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY,
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • January 12, 2018

    FREE Writing Practice (Winter)

    With Melissa Bell-Pitts. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, January 12 - March 30
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for FREE Writing Practice (Winter).

  • January 17, 2018

    Inspirational Writers Discussion Group

    With Christopher Kelder. This group is designed for writers and poets who deem their writing to fall in the inspirational genre. This can be prose, poetry, or non-fiction that can be religious or simply uplifting in nature. We will meet once a month to share our work in a positive, affirming atmosphere. We will discuss publication options and the possibility of organizing readings/signings and workshops. Register now for Inspirational Writers Discussion Group.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, January 17 - May 16
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets the third Thursday of each month, January through May.

  • January 25, 2018

    Writing a Murder Mystery

    With Donna Ison. Murder Mystery is part character, part plot, and part puzzle, making it one of the most challenging and rewarding genres. In this class, you will learn the essential elements of a killer "who done it," which can be employed for plays, screenplays, and novels alike. Register now for Writing a Murder Mystery.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 25 - March 15
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • March 10, 2018

    Humor Writing: The Rules of Comedy

    With Andrew Shaffer. "Explaining humor is a lot like dissecting a frog," Mark Twain allegedly said. "You learn a lot in the process, but in the end you kill it." Thankfully, we've learned a lot about humor since Twain's day. It's now possible to dissect what makes something funny—and have fun doing t. New York Times bestseller and author of over half a dozen humorous books Andrew Shaffer will explain the "rules of comedy," and offer tips on incorporating humor into your writing toolkit. Students will learn about hyperbole, repetition, and other basic comedic techniques a...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, March 10
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • March 19, 2018

    Writing Retreat

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Break through writing obstacles during this week-long writing retreat designed to provide motivation and promote writing flow for novel writers. Each day of this retreat will include: freewriting exercises, goal-setting, morning independent writing time, lunchtime discussions focusing on craft (lunch not provided), afternoon independent writing time, and problem-solving sessions to help break through blocks and prepare for the next day. The retreat will culminate with a share/res...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 3:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $180
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets each day, Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23, 10:30-3:30 pm.

  • April 13, 2018

    Seniors Writing Group (Spring)

    With Sarah Combs. If you've reached that golden age, join this writing group, featuring 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. Register now for Seniors Writing Group (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, April 13 - May 25
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY,
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • April 13, 2018

    FREE Writing Practice (Spring)

    With Melissa Bell-Pitts. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zen-like practice originated in Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, April 13 - May 25
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for FREE Writing Practice (Spring).

  • April 28, 2018

    Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More

    With Jennifer Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator. If you're serious about your writing, you'll want to hear some helpful tips before you attend the Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference. We’ll discuss how to pitch to an agent, what to expect from the First Page Critique Panel, and ways networking with the literary community can benefit you. Register now for Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, April 28
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free with registration to the 2018 Books-in-Progress Conference
    • Addl Info:
         

      Note: Completion of the Querying Agents: Novels seminar is recommended, but not required.

      This seminar is for Books-in-Progress participants only, and is FREE with registration to the 2018 Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference.