Multi-Genre Writing Classes

  • February 20, 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:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $150
    • Addl Info:
         

      This Class meets Monday, February 20 through Friday, February 24 10:30 am-2:30 pm

  • January 5, 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:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, January 5 - May 25
    • Time:
      10:00 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • January 13, 2017

    FREE Writing Practice (Winter)

    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 season. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, January 13 - March 31
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for FREE Writing Practice (Winter).

      FREE Writing Practice will also meet in the SPRING on Fridays, April 14-May 26. Click here for more information.

  • April 8, 2017

    Dialogue: Beyond “He Said, She Said”

    With Tiffany Reisz. Nothing sinks a story faster than bad dialogue, and nothing sets a story soaring more than good dialogue. There's no better, faster, easier way to create memorable characters than by putting great words in their mouths. But how does a writer go about creating strong dialogue for characters? This class will teach aspiring and published writers how to spot bad dialogue in their own writing and how to replace it with the good stuff that will keep your readers saying, "I wish I'd said that." [BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE] [ONE-TIME] [NEW!]

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, April 8
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only; $75 for package
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Dialogue: Beyond “He Said, She Said”.
      Register for the Elements of Craft Package.

      Dialogue: Beyond “He Said, She Said” is available as a single session or as part of the Elements of Craft Package. For more information on the package, click here.

  • April 13, 2017

    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:
          Thursdays, April 13 - May 4
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • April 14, 2017

    FREE Writing Practice (Spring)

    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 season. [ALL LEVELS]  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, April 14 - May 26
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for FREE Writing Practice (Spring).

      FREE Writing Practice will also meet in the WINTER on Fridays, January 13-March 31. Click here for more information.

  • April 14, 2017

    Spring Seniors Writing Group

    If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the 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. 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 Group ...

  • May 6, 2017

    Point of View

    With Will Lavender. This class will explore how point of view can best be used to ceate a deeper, more satisfying reading experience. We will go over the basics of POV, including all the most common usages in modern commercial fiction, as well as more intricate perspective shifts that writers an use to more thouroughly immerse the reader. Concepts covered will be varied and will include narrative devices such as limited perspective, omniscient scope, rarely-used perspectives (second person, etc.), and the unreliable narrator. This class will engage writers who are ar any...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, May 6
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:45 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only; $75 for package
    • Addl Info:
         

      Point of View is available as a single session or as part of the Elements of Craft Package. For more information on the package, click here.

  • May 6, 2017

    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 Conference Idol, and ways networking with the literary community can benefit you. This seminar is led by one of the conference organizers. Note: Completion of the “Querying Agents: Novels” seminar is recommended, but not required. [ALL LEVELS]  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, May 6
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      Free for BiP registrants
    • Addl Info:
         

      This Seminar is for Books-in-Progress Conference Participants Only

      FREE with early bird registration to the 2017 Carnegie Books-in-Progress Conference 

      Register Now for Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More

       

       

  • May 20, 2017

    Humor Writing: Parody & Satire

    With Andrew Shaffer. Humor takes many forms, including parody (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Naked Gun movies) and satire (Animal Farm, TV’s The Daily Show). In this class, New York Times bestseller Andrew Shaffer—the author of multiple humorous novels, one of which almost won an award—will explain the differences between parody and satire, and offer tips on incorporating them into your writing. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Humor Writing: Parody & Satire.

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, May 20
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • May 10, 2017

    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 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 5:30 pm on Wednesday, May 10 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 ...

    • Venue:
      Joseph-Beth Booksellers
    • Meets On:
          Wednesday, May 10
    • Time:
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Address:
      161 Lexington Green Circle
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE