Free Writing Practice
with Cole Bennett
Fridays, June 21-August 23
Release your writing talents and energize your stories with positive feedback from fellow writers. Take a creative break from the demands of home or work, and join us for a free session anytime. Writers of non-fiction (including memoir), fiction, and poetry are encouraged without criticism. The witty and insightful book, Writing Down The Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, is suggested
reading, but not required.
Seniors Writing Group
with Sarah Combs
Fridays, June 14-August 30
If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the Lexington Senior Center, 1530 Nicholasville Road. This course 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 schools are closed due to inclement weather.
Creative Writing: Prompts from Our Diaries
with Sunny Montgomery
Tuesdays, June 18-July 9
This is a creative opportunity for writers of all genres to use the content of their actual personal diaries to prompt creative writing pieces. Through discussions and exercises, our goal is to uncover pivotal moments and reoccurring themes in our lives in order to generate new material.
Food Writing: Taste Buds
with Barbara Goldman
Thursdays, June 27-August 8 (no class July 4)
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 transform it into words. Over the course of this class you’ll visit foreign grocery stores and succcessful kitchens, meet edgy chefs, and participate in an occasional potluck. You’ll unearth zesty food experiences, find specialties that suit you, and get creative with your taste buds and daydreams.
LGBT Writing Workshop
with Jay McCoy
Tuesdays, July 23-August 27
In this weekly group, we will explore the wealth of LGBT literature and take time for some of our own writing. Participants will contribute suggestions to build a reading list of classical and contemporary writers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Each week, we will read and discuss selected works of poetry, fiction, and/or non-fiction. Sessions also will include writing prompts and exercises within a creative and welcoming environment.
1-on-1 Writer Mentoring
Do you need a writing mentor? Do you need feedback on a manuscript? Could your writing improve with a dedicated coach? The Carnegie Center’s Writing Mentor Service is your opportunity to work one-on-one with a published writer. Writers of all ages are welcome.$45 per hour; $30 per hour for low-income; other fee assistance available. If you’re interested, call 859-254-4175 or e-mail a mentor below. Visit our Writing Mentor Service page to see which mentor is the right fit for YOU.
“Classes offered by the Carnegie Center have been the making of me as a poet. Beginning with a workshop with Tony Crunk, proceeding through a Master Class with James Baker Hall, out of which grew the Mosaic women’s poetry group, and culminating in a long series of advanced workshops with Leatha Kendrick, I have received the most valuable training of my career. All very reasonably priced.” --- Sherry Chandler
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