Multi-Genre Writing Classes

  • June 1, 2017

    Thursday Morning Prose Group

    With Julie Farkas. We are a critique group for works-in-progress. All genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, are welcome. This is an ongoing writing group that meets year-round; join at any time. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Thursday Morning Prose Group.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 1 - August 31
    • Time:
      10:00 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 16, 2017

    Seniors Writing Group

    With Sarah Combs. If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the NEW Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane. 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. [ALL LEVELS] Registration for summer Seniors Writing Group coming soon.

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, June 16 - August 25
    • Time:
      10:00 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 16, 2017

    FREE Writing Practice (Summer)

    With Melissa Bell-Pitts. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will 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 zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, June 16 - August 25
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 20, 2017

    Writing for Middle-Grade & Young Adult Readers

    With Michael Cooper. Have you ever wanted to write stories or engaging narrative nonfiction for young readers? This class will cover the basics of writing for kids such as matching language and themes to age levels. We'll also explore point of view, magazine and book markets, and resources for writers. We will discuss preparing and submitting manuscripts and study short stories and magazine articles from various publications to see what works. And of course, we'll learn by doing. During the six-week class, each student will outline, draft, and revise a short story or non...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - August 1
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $90
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4.

  • June 20, 2017

    The Anatomy of a Joke

    With Etta May. Why is something funny? This behind-the-scenes look at stand-up comedy will give you an inside track into understanding stand-up. Discover how a comic manipulates an audience, and learn the techniques that allow a comic to take an audience on a journey of laughter. We will do rewrites, practice stage technique, find your comic voice, and move your career forward no matter your level. Since you can best learn by doing, expect to be thrown into the deep end of the pool. On Monday, July 10 at 7:15 pm, you will perform on stage at Comedy Off Broadway in front ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - August 1
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4.

  • June 22, 2017

    Creating Unforgettable Characters

    With Willie Davis. This class will help you create the sort of dynamic unpredictable characters that publishers are looking for. We will combine small exercises and intense workshopping to help you create the sort of characters that make stories unforgettable. Open to writers of fiction and nonfiction. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] Register now for Creating Unforgettable Characters.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 22 - July 6
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $39
  • June 26, 2017

    Writing Retreat

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Break through writing obstacles during this four-day 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/resp...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $150
    • Addl Info:
         

      Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30

  • July 6, 2017

    Screenwriting

    With Margaret Price. We will explore the essential elements and joy of writing a screenplay for film production. Concentrating on the craft and art of good story-telling through a well-written screenplay, this class will focus on structure, format, character development, style/tone, and creativity. Designed for anyone who has ever considered writing a screenplay, adapting a story into a script, or who is simply curious about the power of the story in movies, this workshop is an invitation to begin the process of writing your most compelling, imaginative, and inspiring sc...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, July 6 - July 27
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • July 12, 2017

    Reconnecting to the Creative Spirit

    With Susan Brown. This workshop is about connecting to the creative energy that enlivens all we do. We’ll explore where inspiration comes from and experiment with practices to encourage the creative impulse in its myriad forms. All who seek a supportive environment for nurturing their creative lives are welcome. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] Register now for Reconnecting to the Creative Spirit.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, July 12 - August 2
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • August 12, 2017

    Writing Like an Immigrant

    With Katerina Stoykova. What if you could see your everyday surroundings in a new way? What if you could look at your upbringing from a different perspective? What if you could reenter your reality with diverse values and tap into a writing voice that was previously unfamiliar to you? You don’t have to move to a new country in order to achieve "an immigrant quality" to your writing. During this session, we will examine what makes "the immigrant writing" fresh, memorable, unique, surprising, provocative, poignant, and how you might be able to apply these learnings to your...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40