With Josh Douglas. Everyone's talking about the Constitution these days. So what’s in it, anyway? UK Constitutional Law Professor Josh Douglas hits the highlights – from free speech to due process – in a luncheon workshop designed to help us engage thoughtfully in current affairs. [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!] Register now for Understanding the Constitution.
With Mike Stratford. Do you have a great program idea but lack the funding? Are you frustrated by receiving grant rejection letters? How can you find out which prospects might really be interested in your program without having to purchase expensive prospect software? This session will answer all these questions as well as provide you with a streamlined approach to funding your next project. [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!]
With Leif Erickson. Ever wonder what a run-on sentence actually is and why it matters? Baffled by whether it should be me and him or him and I or he and I or him and me? Never understood how a subject and a verb can agree on something? Come learn these things – and more – from an enthusiastic grammar nerd who’s been teaching writing for almost 20 years, and experience the freedom and flexibility that come with a better understanding of grammar. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!]
With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Tutoring Associate. Two dates: Monday, June 19 OR Thursday, June 29 (choose one) 6:00-7:15 pm FREE Why should you read with your kids, and how can you make the most of it? This workshop for parents and tutors will discuss the importance of reading with kids and provide ideas for keeping it interesting. The same training will be offered on two dates, so you only need to come to one evening. [NEW!] Dinner will be provided--registration is required. Register now...
With Lametta Isaacs. For Grades 3-5. In this fun and hands-on class, we'll work on reading strategies and comprehension techniques. Students will play games that help to boost their reading skills and engage in activities that demonstrate their reading comprehension. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Upper Elementary Reading.
With Martha Crumbie. For Grades K-2. This class is designed to teach your child the foundational skills, concepts and strategies that are essential components of decoding, fluency and comprehension — all of which make for good reading. A participatory and interactive approach is the basis for instruction in this hands-on class. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Lower Elementary Reading.
With Martha Crumbie. For Grades K-2. The class is structured to provide your child with strategies, skills, and concepts that are the building blocks for higher level and more complex math, through a hands-on, active, and engaging approach. Register now for Lower Elementary Math.
With Carole Johnston. For Grades 6-8. This class will entertain and enthrall you when you discover that words are your magic power. We will have fun playing word games, writing stories and poems, and creating picture poems and graphic novels. We will write to your favorite music and write about (and eat) your favorite foods. Register now for Word Wizards.
With Allie Hoskins. For Grades 3-5. Work and play together! This class uses games and cooperative activities to introduce and reinforce math skills such as addition, subtraction, logic, multiplication, division, fractions, and more. Handouts provided and some homework help will be available. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register now for Upper Elementary Math.
With Alan Church. This class meets on the Fourth Wednesday of every month, 5:30-7:00 pm. Join us for discussion of contemporary and classic novels as well as nonfiction, chosen by the group. For current selections or more information, contact Alan at email@example.com or 859-254-5649. Register now for Monthly Book Discussion.
With Carole Johnston. For Grades 3-5. In the Outstanding Writers League (O.W.L.), you'll hone your writing skills in a creative, hands-on environment! Together, we'll explore how fun writing can be as we write stories, poems, blogs, comic strips, and more. Funded by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Register now for Outstanding Writers League.
With Bill McCann. Kentucky's best playwrights are also some of America's best. Come discuss with us plays by George C. Wolfe (Spunk), Marsha Norman (Getting Out) and John Patrick (The Curious Savage). Wolfe recently directed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for HBO. Norman and Patrick are both winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Come explore the worlds of three of Kentucky's best playwrights. Please read the play before attending (session 1: Wolfe; session 2: Norman; and session 3: Patrick).
With Allie Hoskins. For Grades 6-8. Is your middle schooler struggling with reading? In this fun and hands-on class, we'll work on reading fluency and comprehension techniques with the help of engaging, approachable books and text. This class will help your student gain and maintain momentum and improve their reading skills throughout the school year! Register now for Middle School Reading & Book Club.
With Erica House. For Grades 1-5. Give your child the advantage of learning French at an early age. Besides enhancing memory and developing better problem-solving and critical thinking skills, learning a foreign language can be FUN! We will learn French through songs, games, stories, and more. À bientôt! Register now for French for Kids: Grades 1-5.
With LucÍa Montás. This book club offers an overview of contemporary Latino/a literature. Emphasis will be on similarities and differences in the experiences in the United States among different Latino/a groups. Topics to be discussed include the construction of identity in terms of race, gender, sexuality, and class; bilingualism and code-switching; the experiences of the exile, the immigrant, the refugee and the colonial subject; the marketing of the Latino/a identity; and the relationship of the artist to his or her community. Potential authors include Esmerelda Santi...
With Erica House. For Grades 6-8. Give your child the advantage of learning French at an early age. Besides enhancing memory and developing better problem-solving and critical thinking skills, learning a foreign language can be FUN! We will create a fun environment for learning the language, culture, and francophone geography through different mediums. À bientôt! Register now for French for Kids: Grades 6-8.
With Elise Mandel. This affordable review will help you begin studying for the GRE and hold you accountable. We'll work sample math problems, review test taking strategies, and make your vocabulary more precise. Required text: Kaplan’s New GRE Math Workbook (ISBN: 978-1609781023). Please purchase on your own. Funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation. Register now for GRE Prep.
With Carole Johnston. For Grades K-2. What if your toys could talk to you? What if your dog or cat could talk to you? What would they say? What stories would they tell? In this class, kids can bring their toys and photos of their pets. We will use them for inspiration as we write poems and act out scripts. We will read children’s books as prompts for stories and poetry. Register now for Playing and Writing (PAW).
With Elise Mandel. For Grades 1-5. A new school year is around the corner! Warm up your brain and get in gear before school starts! We will play language games, work with partners to solve puzzles, and review basic math skills through fun activities. [ONE-TIME CLASS] Register now for Back to School Brain Power.
With Maria Gomez. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses. Students will apply skills learned in Spanish Level 1 and will engage in more active conversation, expressions, and general scenarios related to work, travel, business, health and others. Register now for Spanish Level 2.
With LucÍa Montás. Students will use authentic materials, including videos, readings, and music, to speak, read, write, and listen. Some goals include describing how Lexington compares to Spanish-speaking communities, talking about celebrations in the United States and around the world, using the past tense to talk about one’s childhood, describing famous art from Spanish-speaking cultures, and debating issues. Register now for Spanish Level 3.
With Rajiv Khanna. For Grades 10-12. We will work on several typical ACT questions from each of the four ACT subject areas of English, math, reading, and science. Test-taking strategies will be discussed. Homework will be assigned so that you have a guide to optimizing your test preparation efforts. Space is limited! Funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation. Register now for ACT Test Prep.
With Jeff Worley. Spend some time in a workshop setting writing new poems, revising old ones, and sharing your work with others in class. We will work on the basic stuff of poetry: imagery, the use of sound to fortify meaning, lineation, and various approaches to formal structure, as well as the free-verse poem. We’ll support each other to improve drafts of poems and discuss various aspects of the contemporary poem. Text: What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets (available at Black Swan Books or from the ins...
With Marie Mitchell & Mason Smith. For Grades 9-12. Teens: you're invited to take over the Carnegie Center for an evening! If you like to write but don't feel you have a 500-page novel in you, no worries. Try Flash Fiction! Tell a story in one typed page. Published authors Marie Mitchell and Mason Smith will guide you in finding just the right words to fill that page. Bring your favorite writing toosl--pen and paper, laptop, or iPad--and see what fascinating ideas develop. Invite your friends for a fun and creative night out at the Carnegie Center! [ONE-TIME CLASS] [...
For Grades 9-12. Attention teen writers! Join us for this one-of-a-kind retreat for the next great generation of writers! You’ll work with talented writers, spend free time putting your pen to paper in an inspiring environment, and get to know peers who share similar passions! Instructors include Jay McCoy (co-host of the Teen Howl Poetry Series), Sarah Combs (author of The Light Fantastic), and Gwenda Bond (author of Lois Lane: Triple Threat). Please bring your own lunch both days.
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.
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.
With Jessica Strawser. Once you've established who your characters are, you can thicken your plot by giving them reasons to act out of character. (Think of the meek heroine who suddenly lashes out, the reliable parent who runs off, or the villain who shows an unexpected kindness—they all make you want to know why.) Learn how this underutilized technique can be used on a large scale (propelling an entire novel's plot) or a small one (adding twists, turns and interest) to create page-turning stories sure to satisfy. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!]
With Katherine Greene-Owens. For 2 year-olds & parents/guardians. Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and snacks designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first-introduction to a story-time setting. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Toddler Book Club.
With Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director. Join a lively, diverse group of people in exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. 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 Nonfiction Writing Group.
With Julie Farkas. Has the inclusion of DNA data into your genealogy search toppled the family tree? Does the volume of documents available online confound your attempts to create a family history? Join us to learn how to incorporate the facts, documents, and the surprises, uncovered in your search to create a new, and maybe more interesting, family memoir. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] Register now for The New Family Memoir.
With Katherine Greene-Owens. For 3-5 year-olds & parents/guardians. Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and snacks designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first-introduction to a story-time setting. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Early Learner Book Club.
With Melissa Johnson Farris. For babies/toddlers (birth-2 year olds) & parents/guardians. It's never too early to have fun with books and sounds! This class will introduce your little one to oral language skills through engaging book-themed activities. Learn creative ways to use books as enticing language development tools in daily activities. Funded by PNC Foundation. Choose your dates and register now for Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds.
With Rosa Paulin. For babies/toddlers (birth-5 year olds) & parents/guardians. Learn Spanish with Rosa as you and your child embark on an around-the-world adventure! Through dramatic play activities, your little one will become familiarized with common Spanish phrases, the alphabet, numbers, and a taste of travel. Register now for Spanish for Early Learners.
With Sarah Combs. If you’ve reached that golden age, join this writing group, which meets at the NEW Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane. This group 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. [ALL LEVELS]
With Melissa Bell-Pitts. This practice offers writers the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We will write from a variety of prompts designed to get writers to loosen their inner censor and simply get words on the page during two or three short sessions. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to the other participating members who respond by recalling words or images that resonated. This zenlike practice originated in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. [ALL LEVELS]
With Michael Cooper. Have you ever wanted to write stories or engaging narrative nonfiction for young readers? This class will cover the basics of writing for kids such as matching language and themes to age levels. We'll also explore point of view, magazine and book markets, and resources for writers. We will discuss preparing and submitting manuscripts and study short stories and magazine articles from various publications to see what works. And of course, we'll learn by doing. During the six-week class, each student will outline, draft, and revise a short story or non...
With Etta May. Why is something funny? This behind-the-scenes look at stand-up comedy will give you an inside track into understanding stand-up. Discover how a comic manipulates an audience, and learn the techniques that allow a comic to take an audience on a journey of laughter. We will do rewrites, practice stage technique, find your comic voice, and move your career forward no matter your level. Since you can best learn by doing, expect to be thrown into the deep end of the pool. On Monday, July 10 at 7:15 pm, you will perform on stage at Comedy Off Broadway in front ...
With Willie Davis. This class will help you create the sort of dynamic unpredictable characters that publishers are looking for. We will combine small exercises and intense workshopping to help you create the sort of characters that make stories unforgettable. Open to writers of fiction and nonfiction. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] Register now for Creating Unforgettable Characters.
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...
With Margaret Price. We will explore the essential elements and joy of writing a screenplay for film production. Concentrating on the craft and art of good story-telling through a well-written screenplay, this class will focus on structure, format, character development, style/tone, and creativity. Designed for anyone who has ever considered writing a screenplay, adapting a story into a script, or who is simply curious about the power of the story in movies, this workshop is an invitation to begin the process of writing your most compelling, imaginative, and inspiring sc...
With Susan Brown. This workshop is about connecting to the creative energy that enlivens all we do. We’ll explore where inspiration comes from and experiment with practices to encourage the creative impulse in its myriad forms. All who seek a supportive environment for nurturing their creative lives are welcome. [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!] Register now for Reconnecting to the Creative Spirit.
With Stephanie Mojica. We will discuss ways to actually read your own work to find errors and create your own writer’s style guide. The class will go over common errors even seasoned writers make, and why spell check programs are not always reliable resources for proofreading and editing. The content applies to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, stageplays, and screenplays of any length. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!]
With Alice Speilburg, Speilburg Literary Agency. You wrote a book! Or at least, a first draft of a book. You’ve workshopped key chapters and rewritten important scenes dozens of times, but when you send it out to publishers and agents, no one is biting. It’s time to tackle a revision that encompasses the manuscript as a whole. Literary Agent Alice Speilburg will review key elements to consider when revising: pacing, structure, character development, and conflict. She will work with each participant to step back, see the book as a whole, and develop a plan. If possible, p...
With Katerina Stoykova. What if you could see your everyday surroundings in a new way? What if you could look at your upbringing from a different perspective? What if you could reenter your reality with diverse values and tap into a writing voice that was previously unfamiliar to you? You don’t have to move to a new country in order to achieve "an immigrant quality" to your writing. During this session, we will examine what makes "the immigrant writing" fresh, memorable, unique, surprising, provocative, poignant, and how you might be able to apply these learnings to your...
With Andrea Branchini. Get started on the way to communicating in Italian and appreciating Italian culture. In this course in conversational Italian, you’ll learn fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice. Register now for Just Enough Italian: Level 1.
With Andrea Branchini. Get started on the way to communicating in Italian and appreciating Italian culture. In this course in conversational Italian, you’ll learn fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice. Completion of Level 1 or basic Italian skills required for participation in Level 2. Register now for Just Enough Italian: Level 2.
With Erica House. This introductory level class focuses on salutations, pronouns, vocabulary, prepositions, and some verb conjugations. We will work on pronunciation, personal interests, and likes and dislikes. By the end of the season, you will be able to present and describe yourself to the class! Register now for French Level 1.
With Erica House. We now have gained enough tools from the previous levels to delve more into reading small texts and discussing through conversation. We will learn how to read and write letters (implementing different verb tenses), recount a story, speak about a future event, and more! Register now for French Level 4.