Multi-Genre Writing Classes

  • August 3, 2016

    Writing Critique Night

    Wednesday, August 3 5:30 pm FREE 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 include Sarah Combs (award-winning YA author, Breakfast Served Anytime), Jason Sizemore (writer and three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor of Apex Publications), and Alice Speilburg (Speilburg Literary Agency). [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 W...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, August 3
    • Time:
      6:30 pm - 12:00 am
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
  • July 11, 2016

    Stand-Up comedy Writing

    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

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, July 11 - August 1
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, Kentucky, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      $48
  • June 21, 2016

    Food Writing

    With Barbara Goldman. Hey foodies: Looking for the words to feed your hunger? It’s time to roll up your sleeves, flex your taste buds, and start icing your sorbet. It doesn’t matter if you’re a chef, home cook, restaurant enthusiast, food service worker, published writer, or fresh newbie, this yummy introductory course will help you tap into your hunger and write about taste. Over the course of this class, you’ll create tasty food articles, unearth zesty food experiences, and get creative with your taste buds and daydreams. Whatever your food writing may crave, this clas...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy &Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 21 - July 12
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $48
  • June 24, 2016

    Screenwriting Seminar

    With Charles Edward Pogue. *This seminar is hosted by the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, but takes place at the Carnegie Center. Learn from a master. Though he is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors Equity, Charles Edward Pogue is probably better known as screenwriter for such cult films as The Fly and Dragonheart. A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in Theatre, Mr. Pogue moved back to Georgetown several years ago to focus on writing for the stage. But for a day we’ve managed to get him to talk about how to write for film. [ALL LEVELS] ...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Friday, June 24
    • Time:
      1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $55
  • July 13, 2016

    Spiritual Writing

    With Karen Leet. Join us for a week-by-week study of a variety of types of spiritual and inspirational writing including devotions, personal witness/testimony, issues, and more. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Spiritual Writing.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, July 13 - August 10
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $60
  • June 17, 2016

    Summer 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, June 17 - August 26
    • 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

  • June 10, 2016

    Summer Seniors Writing Group

    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]

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, June 10 - August 26
    • Time:
      10:00 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      1530 Nicholasville Rd.
      Lexington, KY,
      United States
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register Now for Register Now for Summer Seniors Writing Group

      **The new Senior Center location will open this summer, but the date is not yet confirmed. If you are a regular attendee, the instructor will keep you updated about when the new space will open. Call 859-278-6072 if you have any questions about the location.

  • June 25, 2016

    Research for Your Book

    With Fiona Young-Brown. Whether you’re writing nonfiction, historical fiction, or a family history, you won’t get very far without doing a lot of research. The problem is knowing where to start, where to look and what to trust. This class offers an overview on how to conduct solid research, both online and in print archives. We will look at the different types of research: web, library, historical buildings, town hall, and more. From how to search card catalogs to knowing which web-based information is reputable, students will learn the basics to get started in researchi...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, June 25
    • Time:
      10:00 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • July 13, 2016

    Spirit of Creativity

    With Susan Christerson Brown. The spark of creativity is in all of us, but how do we help it catch fire? How is creativity connected to spirituality, and how do we make room for the workings of creativity and imagination in our lives? We will pursue these questions through exploring imagery, revisiting ancient stories of creativity, sharing in-class exercises, re-examining our assumptions about creativity, and considering the value and function of the creative impulse. All sorts of creative expression—cooking, music, writing, gardening, dance, visual art, drama, craft—a...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, July 13 - August 3
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $48
  • June 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:
          Wednesdays, June 15 - August 17
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Third Wednesday of each month, June through August

  • April 7, 2016

    Show or Tell? How to Make a Scene

    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

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 7 - May 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      $72
  • April 8, 2016

    Spring Seniors Writing Group

    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...

  • April 8, 2016

    Spring Free Writing Practice

    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]  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, April 8 - May 27
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, Kentucky, 40507
      United States
    • Cost:
      Free
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register Now for Spring Free Writing Practice