A support center for aspiring Black writers around the state.

Are you a Black writer looking for guidance and opportunity?
Carnegie is offering classes at no charge to Black students in recognition of systemic racism, including in education and publishing, where Carnegie operates. Our goal is to welcome Black Kentucky residents to Carnegie, nurture their development, and remove financial obstacles for as long as needed.

Claudia Love Mair, the new coordinator of the Black Writers Collaborative, is here to answer any questions you might have about the craft and business of writing. She’s a novelist in multiple genres and also a creative nonfiction writer. Claudia holds a Masters in Fine Arts in writing from Spalding University, and her passion is to amplify Black voices at all levels.

All weekly classes and one-time classes at Carnegie are free to members of the Black Writers Collaborative. *

For more information on the KBWC or to register for a class, contact: Claudia Love Mair, Coordinator or JC McPherson 

* Not included free of charge are the Author Academy, the Poetry Gauntlet, the Books-in-Progress Conference, Writer Mentoring and Manuscript Review. There is separate financial support available for these programs.

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.

Join Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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