Fiction Writing Classes

  • November 13, 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:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 3:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $180
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      Meets every day, Monday, November 13-Friday, November 17, 10:30 am-3:30 pm.

  • April 29, 2017

    Write a Novel in 6 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 6 Months.  

    • Venue:
      The 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, 10:30 am-1:30 pm. The May session will take place on June 3.

       

  • September 11, 2017

    Writing Kids’ Books

    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 for now Writing Kids' Books.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, September 11 - November 6
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $117
  • September 11, 2017

    Sci-Fi & Fantasy Writing Group

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, September 11 - October 16
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
  • September 20, 2017

    Fiction Writing Group

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, September 20 - November 15
    • Time:
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      $117
  • October 5, 2017

    How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

    With Jennifer Mattox, Carnegie Center Kentucky Great Writers Series Coordinator. Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes you can! This four-time National Novel Writing Month winner will share with you how it’s done while living a busy life. The seminar includes strategies for meeting your word count, writing a quick first draft, and keeping track of your storyline and characters. Are you up for the challenge? Note: If you can’t make it to the class, you can receive a link to watch live online or to watch a recording after the class. When registering, in...

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, October 5
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      *One-Time Class*

  • October 14, 2017

    NaNoPlano Session

    With Stephen Williams. Writers will learn what they need to prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November from how write-ins work to structuring plot and characters. Join with other NaNoWriMo writers to discuss potential plans for writing a novel in 30 days. We will go over how to set up a NaNoWriMo account on the website and keep track of your daily word count. We will also discuss the events we have planned and make further arrangements to help all the Lexington area writers (and beyond) succeed this year. [ALL LEVELS]

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, October 14
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      257 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register NOW for NaNoPlano Session.

  • October 14, 2017

    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 to figure out a bestselling plot? All these questions and more will be asked and answered during this two-hour seminar with international bestselling novelist Tiffany Reisz. [BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE]  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, October 14
    • 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 Plotting 101.

      Plotting 101 is part of the Elements of Fiction Package, which also includes Dialogue: Beyond “He Said, She Said”, and Character in Fiction. Click here to register now for the Elements of Fiction Package.

  • October 28, 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]

  • November 11, 2017

    Character in Fiction

    With Ellen Birkett Morris Ebenezer Scrooge, Elizabeth Bennett, Humbert Humbert, Olive Kitteridge, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom. . . great stories begin with great characters. We’ll look at how to build memorable characters with distinct desires and talk about how to use these characters to build a strong story. Come ready to write. Leave with the tools to create your next story. [ALL LEVELS]

  • November 18, 2017

    Overnight Write-In

    With Jude McPherson & Stephen Williams. The Carnegie Center and Lexington NaNoWriMo invite all National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participants—or any dedicated writer—to spend the night at the Carnegie Center! From 8:00 pm to 8:00 am, the center will be open for you to relax, stretch out, and find inspiration for your novel. Optional group sessions and refreshments will be offered throughout the night and early morning. This is an overnight lock-in, so bring a pillow, blanket, and your writing materials. [ALL LEVELS].  

    • Venue:
      The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturdays, November 18 - November 19
    • Time:
      8:00 pm - 8:00 am
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register NOW for the Overnight Write-In.