The Carnegie Center Author Academy is a 9-month student-driven certificate program that provides writers with the support to grow rapidly in their craft and to prepare their work for publication.

The Author Academy is open to adult writers of all genres and experience levels. The study year runs from September 1st to June 1st.

"You can never find a more supportive program to help you fine-tune your craft, network with fellow writers, and finally put your work first. The Author Academy lets you create your own path and gives you all the tools you need to finish the piece of art you are wanting to create."  -Dan Billings, 2022 Author Academy Graduate


Author Academy participants receive:
•  75 hours of one-on-one mentoring with an experienced writing mentor
•  Access to Carnegie Center classes while in the program (some restrictions apply)
•  Advanced writing seminars
•  Discounted fees for Master Classes and The Poetry Gauntlet
•  Two weekend day retreats
•  Free registration to the Carnegie Center Books-in-Progress Conference
•  Free consultation with a literary agent at the Books-in-Progress Conference

Acceptance to the program depends on the ability of the Carnegie Center to match an applicant with an appropriate mentor.

Tuition: $5,500

Important dates: The 2022-2023 Author Academy program application window opens January 1, 2022. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. All applications remain in the pool until the class has been filled. If accepted, applicants may reserve their spot in the 2022-2023 Author Academy with a $250 non-refundable tuition deposit. The remainder of the fall tuition ($2500) is due on 8/15/22. The second-semester tuition of $2750 is due on 1/15/23.

Scholarships: The Emerging Writer Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that covers $5,000 of the annual tuition ($5,500) for the Carnegie Center’s Author Academy. The scholarship is awarded to one applicant each year based on financial need in combination with writing goals, a writing sample, letter of recommendation, and a completed application. Additional information for applying for the Scholarship can be found on the application form or by contacting Marcia Thornton Jones, Author Academy Coordinator.

Questions? Contact Marcia Thornton Jones, Author Academy Coordinator, at

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Click the button below to access the 2022-2023 CCAA application (will download Word document).

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

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Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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