Revision & Grammar

  • July 28, 2017

    Understanding the Constitution

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Friday, July 28
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $45 (includes lunch)
  • August 18, 2017

    Finding Grant Funders for Your Project

    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!]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Friday, August 18
    • Time:
      Noon - 2:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $45 (includes lunch)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Finding Grant Funders for Your Project.

  • June 22, 2017

    Grammar

    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!]  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 22 - July 13
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • June 19, 2017

    Reading with Kids: For Tutors & Parents

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 19, 2017

    Upper Elementary Reading

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - August 7
    • Time:
      4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3.

  • June 19, 2017

    Spanish for Kids

    With Jackie Arakaki. For Grades 1-5. ¡Hola! Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop for kids. You'll learn the basics of the Spanish language from a native Spanish speaker through fun games, crafts, songs, activities, and more! Register now for Spanish for Kids.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - July 31
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3.

  • June 19, 2017

    Lower 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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - August 7
    • Time:
      4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3.

  • June 19, 2017

    Lower Elementary Math

    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.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - August 7
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3.

  • June 20, 2017

    Word Wizards

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - August 8
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, , 40507
      KY
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4.

  • June 21, 2017

    Upper Elementary Math

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 9
    • Time:
      4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on August 2.

  • January 25, 2017

    Monthly Book Discussion

    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 church11@webtv.net or 859-254-5649. Register now for Monthly Book Discussion.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      This class meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month (January-November), 5:30-7:00 pm.

      Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the November session will take place on the third Wednesday.

       

  • June 21, 2017

    Outstanding Writers League

    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.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 9
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 24, 2017

    Kentuckians On & Off Broadway

    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).

  • June 21, 2017

    Middle School Reading & Book Club

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 9
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 21, 2017

    French for Kids: Grades 1-5

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 9
    • Time:
      4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 12.

  • July 6, 2017

    Brown Bag Book Discussion

    With Jan Isenhour. An informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Register now for Brown Bag Book Discussion.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, July 6 - August 24
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • July 11, 2017

    U.S. Latino Book Club

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, July 11 - August 1
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35
  • June 21, 2017

    French for Kids: Grades 6-8

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 9
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 12.

  • June 22, 2017

    Middle School Math

    With Lametta Isaacs. For Grades 6-8. In this class, we will review and practice fundamental concepts that lay the foundation for middle school math success through games, discussion, worksheets, and more. Register now for Middle School Math.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 22 - August 10
    • Time:
      4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • August 16, 2017

    GRE Prep

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65
    • Addl Info:
         

      3-part class:

      Wednesday, August 16, 5:30-7:15 pm;
      Saturday, August 19, 10:30 am-1:00 pm
      & Wednesday, August 23, 5:30-7:15 pm

  • June 22, 2017

    Playing and Writing (PAW)

    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).

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 22 - August 10
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • July 29, 2017

    Back to School Brain Power

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 29, 2017

    Spanish Level 1

    With Maria Gomez. Students will learn basic Spanish grammar, vocabulary, common expressions, greetings, and survival phrases. Open to beginners and students who would like to refresh their knowledge of basic Spanish. Register now for Spanish Level 1.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 29 - August 31
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      * Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1. Please purchase on your own.

  • June 28, 2017

    Spanish Level 2

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 28 - August 30
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
    • Addl Info:
         

      Required textbook: Barron’s Spanish Now! Level 1. Please purchase on your own.

  • June 22, 2017

    Spanish Level 3

    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.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 22 - August 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
  • June 26, 2017

    ACT Test Prep

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Leanring
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 (includes book)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Mondays & Wednesdays, June 26-July 12

      No class July 3.

      Fee includes ACT prep book. You must register at least one week in advance to be guaranteed a book on the first day.

  • June 21, 2017

    Writing Poetry

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 23
    • Time:
      5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $130
  • July 13, 2017

    Flash Fiction Teen Night

    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] [...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, July 13 - July 14
    • Time:
      9:00 pm - 12:00 am
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $35 (includes pizza and other refreshments)
  • August 3, 2017

    Creative Writing Teen Retreat

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
    • Time:
      9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $75
    • Addl Info:
         

      Thursday, August 3 & Friday, August 4

      Register now for Creative Writing Teen Retreat.

  • 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.

       

  • July 10, 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, July 10 - August 28
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $104
  • July 10, 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, July 10 - August 14
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
  • August 10, 2017

    Acting Out of Character

    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!]  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursday, August 10
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for Acting Out of Character.

  • June 21, 2017

    Young Learners Story Time

    With Katherine Greene-Owens. For 2-5 year-olds & parents/guardians. Enjoy this weekly story time as a great supplement to the Toddler and Early Learner Book Clubs or as your favorite standalone story time! This free story time provide...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie's Reading Room in Triangle Park
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, June 21 - August 9
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:15 am
    • Address:
      400 W. Main St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Story times are weekly on Wednesdays, June 21-August 9 (no class on July 5). The summer sessions of Young Learners Story Time will meet at the Carnegie Center Reading Room in Triangle Park (if weather allows). In case of rain, those sessions will take place at the Carnegie Center.

  • June 24, 2017

    Toddler Book Club

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturdays, June 24 - August 12
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:15 am
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
    • Addl Info:
         

      Toddler Book Club meets on Saturdays, June 24, July 15, and August 12. Please register for each session you plan to attend.

      *The first 25 pre-registered families in attendance each session will each bring home a free copy of the book each month. Due to the popularity of the class, you must print your email confirmation – or be prepared to open it on your mobile device – and show it in exchange for your book.

  • June 13, 2017

    Nonfiction Writing Group

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 13 - July 25
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4.

  • July 11, 2017

    The New Family Memoir

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, July 11 - August 1
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY,
      40507
    • Cost:
      $40
  • June 24, 2017

    Early Learner Book Club

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturdays, June 24 - August 12
    • Time:
      11:30 am - 12:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE (includes book*)
    • Addl Info:
         

      Early Learner Book Club meets on Saturdays, June 24, July 15, and August 12. Please register for each session you plan to attend.

      *The first 25 pre-registered families in attendance each session will each bring home a free copy of the book each month. Due to the popularity of the class, you must print your email confirmation – or be prepared to open it on your mobile device – and show it in exchange for your book.

  • June 24, 2017

    Click, Clack, Moo: Fun With Sounds

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:15 am - 11:00 am
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE (includes book*)
    • Addl Info:
         

      This free class meets Saturday, June 24; Tuesday, June 27; Tuesday, July 11; & Saturday, July 22. Come to one class, or all!

      *The first 10 pre-registered families in attendance at the first session will bring home a free copy of a book. Due to popularity of the class, you must print your email confirmation — or be prepared to open it on your mobile device — and show it in exchange for your book.

  • July 6, 2017

    Spanish for Early Learners

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, July 6 - July 27
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • August 1, 2017

    Back to School Bash

    Join us for a celebration of going back to school! Free backpacks/tote bags and school supplies will be distributed to pre-registered youth in grades K-12 (supplies are limited). Sponsored by Kentucky Utilities. Register now for FFLN: Back to School Bash.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesday, August 1
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 1, 2017

    Thursday Morning Prose Group

    With Julie Farkas. We are a critique group for works-in-progress. All genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and memoir, are welcome. This is an ongoing writing group that meets year-round; join at any time. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Thursday Morning Prose Group.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 1 - August 31
    • Time:
      10:00 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 16, 2017

    Seniors Writing Group

    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]  

    • Venue:
      Lexington Senior Center
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, June 16 - August 25
    • Time:
      10:00 am - 11:30 am
    • Address:
      195 Life Lane
      Lexington, KY, 40502
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 16, 2017

    FREE Writing Practice (Summer)

    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]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Fridays, June 16 - August 25
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      FREE
  • June 20, 2017

    Writing for Middle-Grade & Young Adult Readers

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - August 1
    • Time:
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $90
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4.

  • June 20, 2017

    The Anatomy of a Joke

    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 ...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - August 1
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $78
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4.

  • June 22, 2017

    Creating Unforgettable Characters

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, June 22 - July 6
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $39
  • June 26, 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 - 2:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $150
    • Addl Info:
         

      Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30

  • July 6, 2017

    Screenwriting

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Thursdays, July 6 - July 27
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • July 12, 2017

    Reconnecting to the Creative Spirit

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Wednesdays, July 12 - August 2
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $52
  • July 15, 2017

    How to Edit & Proofread Your Own Work

    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!]

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, July 15
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $30 for this class only; $75 for package
    • Addl Info:
         

      Register now for How to Edit & Proofread Your Own Work.

       

      How to Edit & Proofread Your Own Work is part of the Revision Package, which also includes Writing IS Rewriting and Revising the Full Manuscript. Click here to register now for the Revision Package.

  • August 5, 2017

    Revising the Full Manuscript

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Saturday, August 5
    • 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:
         

      Revising the Full Manuscript is part of the Revision Package, which also includes Writing IS Rewriting and How to Edit & Proofread Your Own Work. Click here to register now for the Revision Package.

  • August 12, 2017

    Writing Like an Immigrant

    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...

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Time:
      10:30 am - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $40
  • June 20, 2017

    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. Register now for Just Enough Italian: Level 1.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - July 25
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 per level
    • Addl Info:
         

       

      No class on July 4.

  • June 19, 2017

    Just Enough Italian: Level 2

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - July 24
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second Street
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $65 per level
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3.

  • June 19, 2017

    French Level 1

    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.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - August 28
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $117
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3 or 10.

  • June 19, 2017

    French Level 2

    With Erica House. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses to our repertoire. We will learn expressions, how to ask questions, and apply both through role play. A basic knowledge of the passé composé and imparfait required. Register now for French Level 2.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - August 28
    • Time:
      10:30 am - Noon
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $117
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3 or 10.

      Required texts for French Level 2: Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 6th ed. by Mary E. Coffman Crocker and Voyage en France by Sylvie Lainé (please purchase on your own).

  • June 20, 2017

    French Level 3

    With Erica House. We will review and build from previous levels and apply through creative mediums. We will gain more access to vocabulary and verbs. Register now for French Level 3.

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Tuesdays, June 20 - August 29
    • Time:
      5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $117
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 4 or 11.

      Required texts for French Level 3: Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 6th ed. by Mary E. Coffman Crocker and Voyage en France by Sylvie Lainé (please purchase on your own).

  • June 19, 2017

    French Level 4

    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.  

    • Venue:
      Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
    • Meets On:
          Mondays, June 19 - August 28
    • Time:
      Noon - 1:30 pm
    • Address:
      251 West Second St.
      Lexington, KY, 40507
    • Cost:
      $117
    • Addl Info:
         

      No class on July 3 or 10.

      Required texts for French Level 4: Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 6th ed. by Mary E. Coffman Crocker and Petit Nicolas by Sempé-Goscinny  (please purchase on your own).