With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Tutoring Associate. Two dates: Monday, October 23 OR Thursday, October 26 (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 your kids and provide ideas for keeping it interesting. The same training will be offered twice, so you only need to come to one evening. This workshop is for parents and tutors, not for children. D...
With Melissa Bell-Pitts. This class takes place at the Scott County Public library; call 502-863-3566 to register. Do you have a novel, nonfiction book or article inside you? A half-baked research idea or screenplay to flesh out (on real or virtual paper)? Sometimes the hardest part about any writing project is simply beginning. And for some of us, beginning alone is enough to shut down all of our creative urges. Join us in the First Draft Series and we will collectively tackle fear and procrastination and "begin already." We will use writing...
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 Stephen Williams. This class takes place at the Jessamine County Public Library; call 859-885-3523 or visit www.jesspublib.org to register. Writing a novel seems to be a tremendous challenge, and writing a novel in a month seems impossible. But the writer in you can do it. Forget clear sentences, a perfect plot with a clever twist, grammar, spelling, and even character development -- all of that can be fixed in the next few drafts. Learn how to hit that coveted 50,000 words in a month by preparing for the ...
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 Sonja Mehnert. 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 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 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 Teri Carter. Have you ever wanted to write a short piece for a magazine or newspaper, but didn't know where to start? In this class, you will learn what makes for a great essay, how to tell a story in 800 words or less, and how to get it published. Led by Teri Carter, a current community columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Essay & Column Writing.
With Sonja Mehnert. 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 Leatha Kendrick For any writer who has begun or would like to explore writing prose based in life experience. We will examine the forms of autobiography: memoir, essay, and fictionalized life writing. “The plot is the why of the story,” Eudora Welty said—not a structure imposed from outside, but one discovered as we write toward the heart of our stories. We will generate new pieces of memoir using prompts to focus the writing while reading selected memoir, essays, and scenes to inspire and direct us. Reading and writing both in-class and outside class are required. ...
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!
With Michael & Jeff Worley. This class is based on creative responses to paintings, sculptures, and photographs as springboards to the poem. Poet Jeff Worley will work with students on their poems, which will be discussed by the class. Art historian Michael Worley will provide insights into the artworks students choose to write about. [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Writing Poems about Art.
With Sherry Chandler. Metaphor, simile, image, symbol, meter, rhythm, basic building blocks of poetry so inexhaustible in their depth and variety that no poet, established or beginning, can ever completely master them. Participants in this class will explore these tools with emphasis on their own writing. [ALL LEVELS] Register now for Writing Poetry.
With Leatha Kendrick. What makes a poem matter? How can we reach past what we think we are able to say? Through a focused exploration of craft and through generating new work together, we will attempt the poems we are not able to write. Reading poetry--the great and the new--we will expand our sense of what is possible. Limit: 10 participants [ALL LEVELS] Register NOW for Always Beginning: Writing Poems.
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. PLEASE NOTE: The dates of this class have changed from the original listing in the Carnegie Center cata...
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] Register now for Seniors Writing Group.
With Carole Johnston. For Grades 3-5. In the Outstanding Writers League (OWL), 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 (OWL). PLEASE NOTE: The dates of this class have changed from the original listing in the Carnegie Center catalog. T...
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 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 Stories (PAWS). PLEASE NOTE: The dates of this clas...
With Christopher Kelder. This group is designed for writers and poets who deem their writing to fall in the inspirational genre. This can be prose, poetry, or non-fiction that can be religious or simply uplifting in nature. We will meet once a month to share our work in a positive, affirming atmosphere. We will discuss publication options and the possibility of organizing readings/signings and workshops. Register now for Inspirational Writers Discussion Group.
With Erin Chandler. We will discuss great playwriting works, study structure, dialogue, set —all of the elements that make up the 10-minute play that you will eventually write in this class. In the following 3 weeks, you will be asked to bring in samples of your work and get feedback. On the last class, you will cast your play with the other students and perform a staged reading. You will all leave with something you can be proud of! [ALL LEVELS] [NEW!]
With Jason Sizemore. Join three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor Jason Sizemore (Apex Books, Apex Magazine) for a seminar that will explore the many different shortcuts writers can use to build narrative, create setting, and define characters. Participants will take a deep dive into award-winning author Ken Liu’s "Build-A-Dolly" flash fiction (Apex Magazine) as we discuss the author’s tactics to build 10,000 words of story using only 1000. Novelists and short fiction authors alike will find value in this intensive exploration of the craft and mechanics ...
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...
With Marcia Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center Tutoring Associate. Two dates: Monday, October 23 OR Thursday, October 26 (choose one). 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 your kids and provide ideas for keeping it interesting. The same training will be offered twice, so you only need to come to one evening. This workshop is for parents and tutors, not for children. Dinner will be provided--registration...
With Andrew Shaffer. If you want your self-published book to stand out among the hundreds of thousands of books published every year, it needs to be professionally edited and formatted. Most important, it needs a professional-looking cover. Unfortunately, this means you can end up thousands of dollars in the hole before ever selling a single book. If you know what software to use and what pitfalls to avoid, though, you can professionally publish your own books without breaking the bank. Topics include editing, cover design, ebook and print book formatting, and sales and ...
With Lesley Sabga. This class will be an informative and engaging crash course for writers who desire to gain a better understanding of the three types of edits that are involved throughout the publication process: developmental, line and copy edits. It will also lay out the fundamentals of story structure and the most common errors that Lesley encounters as an agent and editor. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!] Register now for Editing 101.
With Andrew Shaffer. Got an idea for a nonfiction book or memoir? Before you invest months or years writing it, hold up! Nonfiction publishing isn’t like the fiction market—you don’t need to have a completed manuscript before querying agents.New York Times bestseller Andrew Shaffer—author of two nonfiction titles for HarperCollins—will help you turn your idea into a slickly-formatted book proposal. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS]
With Milt Toby. Writers understand the importance of negotiating favorable terms before signing a publishing contract, but few understand how the process actually works. Part science, part art, negotiating is a skill that can be learned. Join attorney Milt Toby, Vice President of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and learn the basics of negotiation and authors' rights. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!]
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. This group has been meeting since 1993 and always welcomes new members! For current selections or more information, contact Alan at email@example.com or 859-254-5649. Register now for Monthly Book Discussion.
With Bill McCann. A revival of Chicago: The Musical has been running for more than 20 years in NYC. The play is based on a play of the same name by Kentucky playwright Maurine Dallas Watkins — born in Louisville and a graduate of Transylvania. We will read the plays together in class. Recommended books: Chicago: With the Chicago Tribune Articles that Inspired It (ISBN-13 978-0809321292) and the script for Chicago: The Musical by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse (1976).
With Elise Mandel. Keep your brain sharp this fall! In this fun class, we will do word games, number games, logic puzzles, and all kinds of challenges to keep your brain moving! Open to Fayette County residents 60 years of age and over. Note: Classes held at the Senior Center do not meet if Fayette County schools are closed due to inclement weather. Register now for Brain Power for Seniors.
With Carly Conatser. In this workshop, you will uncover stories that are already living in your body. Restorative yoga (the practice of resting in supportive and opening postures) will serve as writing prompts to reveal inner landscapes. Whether you need more relaxation, or to learn more about your body’s stories, this workshop will create the space to explore your own consciousness. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!] Register now for Restore & Reflect.
With Susan Bradish. Learn a new technique for bookbinding and create a lovely little book with a sewn binding. These books make beautiful and meaningful gifts for friends and family members who like to write, scrapbook or journal, or for the cooks in your life who like to save recipes. Limit: 8 participants. This class is suitable for ages 12 and up. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME CLASS] [NEW!] Register now for Bookbinding 101.
With Mike Stratford. Writing a grant (or learning where to find one) can be daunting, but it doesn't need to be. Learn the basics about grant research, how to write a grant, what to include in your proposal and project budgets, the do's and don'ts of grantwriting, and more! This class is geared toward grantwriting for nonprofit organizations and artists. [ONE-TIME CLASS]
With Elise Mandel. For Grades 10-12. We will work on several typical ACT questions from each of the 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. You must register at least one week in advance to guarantee a book on the first day. Funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation. Register now for ACT Test Prep.
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 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. Required textbook: Barron's Spanish Now! Level 1 (please purchase on your own). Register now for Spanish Level 1.
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 Kiersty Lemon-Rogers. 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. Required textbook: Barron's Spanish Now! Level 1 (please purchase on your own). 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 Clay Rice. Learn just enough German to navigate the country and culture. Learn everything you need to travel to Germany, practice having short conversations, and get a jump start on reading and writing. This is the perfect place to begin for anyone seeking casual knowledge or planning to advance further in the study of German! Register now for Just Enough German: Level 2.
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]
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.
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 six-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...
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]
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]
With Iman Hadi. Using a step-by-step approach, you will gain initial knowledge of the Arabic language, including reading and writing. You will learn the Arabic alphabet and the basics of the language through exercises and practice. Required text: Ahlan Wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners by Mahdi Alosh (please purchase on your own). Register now for Arabic: Level 2.
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].
With Erica House. This very introductory level class is designed for the ultra beginner. We will introduce salutations, pronouns, vocabulary, some 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! No required text for Level 1. Register now for French Level 1.
With Erica House. We will continue to add vocabulary, verbs, and verb tenses (the past tense) to our repertoire. We will learn expressions, how to ask questions, and apply both through role-play. Required text: Easy French Step-by-Step by Myrna Bell Rochester. Register now for French Level 2.
With Erica House. We will review and build from previous levels and apply through creative mediums. We will gain more access to vocabulary, verbs, and grammar. A basic knowledge of the passé composé and imparfait required. Required texts: Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 6th ed. by Mary E. Coffman Crocker and Le Pendentif (past tense version) by Sylvie Lainé. Register now for French Level 3.
With Erica House. We now have gained enough tools from the previous levels to delve more easily into reading small texts and discussing through conversation. We will revisit certain grammar sections. Required texts: Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 6th ed. by Mary E. Coffman Crocker and Le Pendentif (past tense version) by Sylvie Lainé. Register now for French Level 4.
With Erica House. An adequate understanding of the written and spoken French word required. We will brush up on grammar, and delve into Petit Nicolas’s schoolboy shenanigans through reading and conversation. This course is challenging and accessible. Required texts: Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar, 6th ed. by Mary E. Coffman Crocker and Le Petit Nicolas by René Goscinny and JeanJacques Sempé. Register now for French Level 5.