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. $45 per hour; $30 per hour for low-income; other fee assistance available. If you’re interested, call 859-254-4175, ext. 21 or e-mail a mentor below.
Mentoring sessions can take place at the Carnegie Center or the Morris Book Shop (882 E. High Street).
Randi Ewing received her MFA in fiction in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she taught undergraduate fiction writing classes for two years. Prior to going back to school, she spent much of her time at the Carnegie Center, taking classes, teaching fiction writing for youth, and covering stories for La Voz bilingual newspaper. Her story, “The Swimmers,” was featured in American Short Fiction’s web exclusive series in July 2012.
Randi is available to work with fiction writers, and with children and teens interested in improving their writing. If you’d like Randi as a mentor, please send her an e-mail.
Frankie Finley teaches fiction and nonfiction writing workshops at the Carnegie Center, where she has also been involved in the Young Women Writers Project. She served as the first woman editor of the long-standing Appalachian literary journal, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, from 2006 to 2011. She has worked as a freelance editor, writer, and writing coach since 2001, and works full-time as a writer for an international technology company. Frankie holds a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University and an MA in English from the University of Kentucky. Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction work has been published in literary journals, and she is at work on her first full-length book project, a memoir for which she has received funding from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Frankie is mentoring on these topics: Nonfiction, fiction, literary journal writing, basic writing skills. If you are interested in meeting with Frankie, please send her an e-mail.
Leslie Guttman grew up in Lexington and went to journalism school at Indiana University Bloomington. She worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for over a decade as a writer and editor, and her awards include being honored by the Society of Professional Journalists in Northern California for outstanding journalism. Leslie works in multiple formats: print, radio, video and the Web. She is the author of the nonfiction book, Equine ER (Eclipse Press, 2009) and has received a fellowship to Yaddo, the artists’ colony in upstate New York. One of her public radio essays is featured in the book, This I Believe: Life Lessons (Wiley, 2011). She has taught nonfiction writing and publishing at the Carnegie Center. Website: http://www.leslieguttman.com.
Leslie is mentoring on these topics: Nonfiction, publishing, basic writing skills. If you are interested in meeting with Leslie, please send her an e-mail.
Myra Hughes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a longtime marketing expert. She uses both social media and traditional techniques. Myra worked for 17 years as Vice-President of Business Development and Publications for Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc. She has also worked as a freelance editor, website designer and print graphic designer. She was General Manager and Freelance Editor for Old Cove Press, a literary press founded by Nyoka Hawkins and Gurney Norman. She helped Frank X Walker promote his books, including Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride. She recently conducted two successful Kickstarter social-media campaigns, one for an author, the other for an artist.
Myra is mentoring on these topics: book promotion and marketing. If you are interested in meeting with Myra, please send her an e-mail.
Marcia Thornton Jones is an award-winning author who has traditionally published 131 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 million copies world-wide. Her works include RATFINK (mid-grade novel), CHAMP (mid-grade novel), GODZILLA ATE MY HOMEWORK (chapter book), THE TALE OF JACK FROST (picture book) and LEPRECHAUN ON THE LOOSE (picture book). She is also the co-author of seven popular series: The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, Keyholders, Ghostville Elementary, The Bailey School Kids Jr. Chapter Books, Triplet Trouble, Bailey City Monsters, and The Barkley School for Dogs. She also has published the Writer’s Digest Guide, STORY SPARKERS: A CREATIVITY GUIDE FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS.
Marcia is a full time writer living in Lexington, Kentucky. She is available to mentor writers of chapter books, middle-grade fiction, and journaling. If you are interested in meeting with Marcia, please send her an e-mail.
Journey McAndrews is a freelance writer, editor, journalist, educator, and community art/literacy activist. She was editor and publisher of The Single Hound—an international literary journal from 2011-2013. She was also the poet mentor in the Nation of Nations Art Project, former board member of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the American Association of University Women, and has held two writing residencies at Hopscotch House in conjunction with grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Journey holds a BA from Morehead State University focused in English, Communications, and Women’s Studies with a minor in Creative Writing, an MA in Communications from Morehead State University, and begins an MFA program at Spalding University in Louisville in fall 2013 with a focus in Poetry and a minor in Creative Nonfiction. Her poetry, book reviews, and creative nonfiction have appeared in ninepatch, Motif, LILOPOH Magazine, New Verse News, Inscape, Kentucky Monthly, Story Magazine, and numerous newspapers. She is currently working on two full-length poetry collections, three poetry chapbooks, a novel, a novella, a collection of scholarly essays (exploring depictions of gender in popular culture), and articles, which regularly appear in monthly and quarterly journals and magazines.
Journey offers mentoring and editing in poetry and nonfiction (essays, memoir, literary journal writing, and writing for magazines), general writing skills, and craft-building techniques. Writers who are ready to submit their work to editors will find her helpful in such areas as, creating successful queries, writing effective e-mails or letters to editors/publishers, advising on final edits, and learning the “etiquette” of interacting with editors. If you are interested in meeting with Journey, please send her an e-mail.
Katherine Greene-Owens is a Lexington native and graduate of Transylvania University with a B.A. in English. She is also the co-founder of bluegrass THREADS, a blog devoted to living stylishly in the bluegrass (www.bluegrassthreadsky.com). A full-time Carnegie Center staff member from 2006-2011, she continues as a part of Carnegie Center by teaching blogging and WordPress classes and serving on the AmeriCorps VISTA Advisory board.
Katherine is mentoring on these topics: Blogging & WordPress Websites. If you are interested in meeting with Katherine, please send her an e-mail.
Ben Woodard grew up in Lexington and has a background in marketing and management. He worked as a marketing manager for a major corporation and started his own consulting firm where his work included technical writing.
He began writing five years ago, concentrating on children’s books including picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. For the last three years he has worked to develop an author platform and now has over 7,500 Twitter followers, nearly 2,000 friends on Goodreads, and a presence on other social networking sites.
He has self-published several short stories, an illustrated middle-grade book, and a YA novel. More short stories and novels are scheduled to be published in 2013. Ben designs and publishes the books himself and hires editors, proofreaders, cover designers, and illustrators to help.
Ben is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Spellbinders storytelling group, and the Central Kentucky Children’s Writers.
Ben is mentoring on these topics: Self-publishing books including: Getting started, marketing, building an author’s platform, networking, and other topics as requested. If you are interested in meeting with Ben, please send him an e-mail.