Fiction Writing Classes

  • January 8, 2018

    Writing Kids’ Books (Winter)

    With Marcia Thornton Jones. 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 8 - March 12
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $117
  • January 17, 2018

    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 17 - March 21
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      $130
  • February 3, 2018

    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 reader with a strong opening chapter that'll keep your readers 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, and how to keep the story momentum going from beginning to THE END. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!] Register now for The Power of a Great First Chapter.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 3
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • February 5, 2018

    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, February 5 - March 26
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • February 10, 2018

    Writing a Sex Scene: How Not to Screw It Up

    With Jason & Kelly Hill. Everybody does it, everyone talks about it, but writing about sex can be hard. This workshop will examine well-written and not-so-well-written sex scenes in literary fiction. We will begin and end with writing prompts meant to identify the purpose of sex scenes in students’ fiction.  [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!] Register now for Writing a Sex Scene: How Not to Screw It Up. Jason Hill is on staff in Spalding University’s ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 10
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
  • February 15, 2018

    Tension: The Tool You Can’t Do Without

    With Kayla Rae Whitaker. Tension is a non-negotiable element of good fiction; without the pull of a problem or a pursuit, where is the drive to turn the page? Through readings, exercises, and workshops, this course will explore ways in which we can establish urgency in our writing to keep readers engaged. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME] [NEW!] Register now for Tension: The Tool You Can't Do Without.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, February 15 - March 8
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY,
    • Cost:
      $56
  • February 17, 2018

    How to Write Dialogue

    With Lynn Pruett. Dialogue must sound like real speech but it must not be a recording of actual conversations. We will cover contemporary conventions used in creating good dialogue, such as punctuation, grammar (the use of adverbs), dialogue tags, and gestures. We will also discuss the use of dialect, characterization through dialogue, and dialogue as a plot element, and try our hand at exercises such as writing a scene of dialogue with no tag lines. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME] [NEW!]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, February 17
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:45 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40 for this class only ($80 for package)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for How to Write Dialogue.

  • March 3, 2018

    Playful Forms of Fiction

    With Jason Hill. Email chains, contracts, shopping lists, and word problems. Possible storytelling forms are not limited to traditional narrative. This class is designed to help students recognize the potential for storytelling in all its contemporary varieties. We will examine nontraditional structures using examples from writers of contemporary fiction and use a writing prompt to help us discover new forms of expression. Led by Jason Hill, whose short story “Alex Gehry Changed His Status to Single,” told as a series of comments on a Facebook post, was nominated for a P...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, March 3
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40
  • March 17, 2018

    Setting: Your Other Main Character

    With Tiffany Reisz. Setting in a novel isn't simply the background to your story. It's another character! Learn why the right setting can make or break your novel, how to choose the best setting for your story, how to research that setting without leaving your house, and how to develop your setting with the right amount of detail. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME] [NEW!] Register now for Setting: Your Other Main Character.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, March 17
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only ($80 for package)
  • April 9, 2018

    Writing Kids’ Books (Spring)

    With Marcia Thornton Jones. 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 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 9, 2018

    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 9 - May 21
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 11, 2018

    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 11 - May 23
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
    • Addl Info:
         

      Fiction Writing Group is being offered in the WINTER on Wednesdays, January 18-March 22. Click here for more information.

  • April 12, 2018

    Flash Fiction

    With Donna Ison. Even in our furiously fast-paced society, everyone has time to read flash fiction, which is why it is quickly becoming one of the most popular genres. Learn how to write a fantastic flash story that is rich in character, conflict, plot, theme, dialogue, and tone in 500 words or less. Led by Donna Ison, winner of the Carnegie Center's Flash Fiction Contest in both 2016 and 2017. Register now for Flash Fiction.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, April 12 - May 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $91
  • April 21, 2018

    Fine-Tuning Your Sense of Voice

    With Kayla Rae Whitaker. A writer's sense of voice–the sounds, tones, and singular phrasing that becomes the stylistic thumbprint by which the author can be identified–is one of the greatest driving forces behind a story, the element to which the reader becomes most intimately bound. Learn to better become yourself on the page with this class, which is a running start to your new, best body of work. Register now for Fine-Tuning Your Sense of Voice.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, April 21
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only ($80 for the package)
  • April 29, 2018

    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 19.