Fiction Writing Classes

  • January 14, 2019

    Writing Kids’ Books (Winter)

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing for kids through discussion, peer-sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work-in-progress–or at least an idea for one. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Writing Kids' Books (Winter).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 14 - March 11
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on January 21

  • January 16, 2019

    Fiction Writing Group (Winter)

    With Sarah Combs. This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of the work of contemporary fiction writers, we will examine such nuts-and-bolts elements as voice, point of view, mood, and plot. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Fiction Writing Group (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, January 16 - March 20
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $140
  • January 28, 2019

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Winter)

    With Jason Sizemore. Join a lively, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in the form of short fiction. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Winter).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, January 28 - March 18
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • February 16, 2019

    Red Hot Writing: The Art of the Love Scene

    With Tiffany Reisz. Does your book need a love scene? Will readers want and expect it? How do you write a believable love scene that makes readers fall even more in love with your characters? Are love scenes only for romance novels or is there room for love and lust on the pages of mystery novels, sci-fi novels, and fantasy novels? In this class, award-winning erotic romance author Tiffany Reisz will explore the art of writing love scenes by reading some of the best (and worst) love scenes in modern fiction and analyzing what works, what doesn’t, and what we can learn fr...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 16
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • February 23, 2019

    The Power of a Great First Chapter

    With Tiffany Reisz. The first chapter of a novel is what sells the book. Learn how to hook your readers with a strong opening chapter that’ll keep them turning pages until the end. Also, we’ll discuss what not to do in a first chapter to avoid getting tossed out of the slush pile as well as how to keep the story momentum going from beginning to THE END. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME] Register now for The Power of a Great First Chapter.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 23
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only; $75 for the package
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class is included in the Books-in-Progress Conference Prep Package, which also includes Plotting 101, Querying Agents: Novels, and Conference Prep: The Pitch, First Page Critique, & More. To register for the package, click here.

  • March 2, 2019

    Dystopian Writing

    With Kimi Hardesty. Did you enjoy The Handmaid’s Tale ? Would you like to write about social and political structures set in a dark world? We will study the characteristics of dystopian writing as a way to help set the framework for your dystopian novel or essay and practice using writing prompts. [BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE] [NEW!] [ONE-TIME] Register now for Dystopian Writing.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, March 2
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • March 25, 2019

    Writing Retreat

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Break through writing obstacles during this week-long 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/res...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 3:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $165
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets each day, Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29, 10:30-3:00 pm.

  • March 30, 2019

    Plotting 101

    With Tiffany Reisz. The plot is the most basic element of a novel that makes it a novel and yet learning to plot is one of the harder tasks of the fiction writer. All writers have asked themselves, What is a plot? Do I really need one in my novel? How do I structure my plot? Do I really have to outline? Are there any easy plotting methods I can use? International bestselling novelist Tiffany Reisz will answer these questions and more. [BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE] [NEW!] [ONE-TIME]

  • April 8, 2019

    Writing Kids’ Books (Spring)

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing for kids through discussion, peer-sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work-in-progress–or at least an idea for one. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Writing Kids' Books (Spring).  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 8, 2019

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Spring)

    With Jason Sizemore. Join a lively, diverse group of genre writers looking to improve and expand their abilities in the form of short fiction. This is a chance to limber up as a writer, get feedback from others, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, April 8 - May 20
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 10, 2019

    Fiction Writing Group (Spring)

    With Sarah Combs. This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of the work of contemporary fiction writers, we will examine such nuts-and-bolts elements as voice, point of view, mood, and plot. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Fiction Writing Group (Spring).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, April 10 - May 22
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 W. Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $98
  • April 27, 2019

    Write a Novel in Six Months

    With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Author Academy Coordinator & Writing Mentor. A once-a-month workshop that provides writers options for structuring their novel, developing pivotal plot scenes, writing prompts designed to help writers make forward progress, and group mentoring/brainstorming to help break through obstacles. Feel free to bring your lunch. [INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED] Register now for Write a Novel in Six Months.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $132
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets on the last Saturday of each month, April through September. The May session will take place on May 18.