Multi-Genre Writing Classes

  • September 13, 2016

    Writing Better Dialogue

    With Dudley Stone. Do you feel comfortable writing descriptions of people and events, but find it challenging to write believable speech and dialogue? Speech and dialogue are essential for revealing characters and relationships, advancing plot, and building conflict. This course will focus on how to write better dialogue through a variety of exercises. Students will share their work with classmates and take home tools they can apply to their own writing. [ALL LEVELS]  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, September 13 - October 18
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Seconds St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $72
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register NOW for Writing Better Dialogue. 

  • September 15, 2016

    Inspirational Writers 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 Group.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, September 15 - November 17
    • 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, September through November.

  • September 15, 2016

    Goal Setting Group

    With Melissa Bell-Pitts. Goal Setting Group Melissa Bell-Pitts Third Wednesday of each month, June through August 5:30-7:00 pm FREE One of the hardest parts about being a writer/artist is staying motivated when you do not have deadlines or someone to hold you accountable. We’ll spend these sessions setting short-term and long-term goals, using creative imagery and affirmations. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Goal Setting Group.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, September 15 - December 15
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Third Wednesday of each month, September – December

      (November date TBA)

  • September 17, 2015

    Writing for Recovery

    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 ...

  • September 23, 2016

    FREE Writing Practice

    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]  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, September 23 - December 2
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register Now for FREE Writing Practice

  • September 24, 2016

    Writing a 10-Minute Play

    With Bill McCann & Dudley Stone . Through exercises and in-class discussions, this introductory class will guide students in developing a 10-minute play that will be read for class members, family, and friends at the last meeting. Recommended reading (but not required): A More Perfect 10 by Gary Garrison. (ALL LEVELS) Register NOW for Writing a 10-Minute  Play.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturdays, September 24 - November 12
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $96
  • September 28, 2016

    Funny Pages: Humor Writing

    With Patrick Wensink Wednesdays, September 28-October 19 5:15-7:15 pm $60 This class uses a wide swath of mixed media to teach students how to construct comedy in their fiction and nonfiction. Whether you are looking to build an entire comedic novel or simply add some levity to ease the tension, Funny Pages breaks down comedy so that anyone can understand and thrive. By using class materials like funny books, movies, standup comedy, improv theater techniques, and even Seinfeld, students will leave with a razor sharp understanding of the mechanics of comedy. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for ...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, September 28 - October 19
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $60
  • October 8, 2016

    Writing Ghost Stories

    With Roberta Simpson Brown. Saturday, October 8 10:00 am-1:00 pm $35 Enjoy learning to write true personal ghost stories and to create fictional ones with professional storyteller/author Roberta Simpson Brown, the Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales. Brown, the author of 11 scary books, will share her techniques for writing scary, marketable ghost stories suitable for all audiences. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Writing Ghost Stories.  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, October 8
    • Time:
      10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
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      *One-Time Class

  • October 26, 2016

    Setting & Map Making

    With Melissa Bell-Pitts. Wednesdays, October 26-November 16 5:15-7:15 pm $60 Fiction and nonfiction writers create a world for their characters that must be believable to readers. To that end, we will generate written and visual material about places that apply to your work. In addition, we will create a map, including significant houses, streets, landmarks and other pertinent geographical features. While no map can be a perfect illustration of reality, our goal will be to create an illustration of the necessary elements needed to tell your story. [ALL LEVELS] Registe...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, October 26 - November 16
    • Time:
      5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $60
  • November 12, 2016

    Metaphor

    With Jeff Worley Saturday, November 12 10:00 am-noon $30 We will discuss the uses of metaphor in writing, with many examples, and the various grammatical ways to use metaphor. There will also be a session on “metaphor building,” in which students will create their own short poem using this device. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Metaphor.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, November 12
    • Time:
      10:00 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      *One-Time Class

  • November 16, 2016

    Writing Critique Night

    Read a page of your work and get feedback from a panel of authors, editors. and agents. Space is limited. First come, first served. Panelists TBA [ALL LEVELS] Bring one page (250 words; double-spaced, 12-point font) of your work, with the genre written at the top of the page. First come, first served. We will begin accepting submissions at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 16. Please come prepared; we cannot print your piece for you here. You will have the option to read your own piece aloud or to have a reader read it aloud so it remains anonymous. We will get through as many submissions a...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, November 16
    • Time:
      5:31 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE