Becoming an Outdoor Writer – Fall 2021

Join us outside (following all applicable local health guidelines) at McConnell Springs Park to learn about the many forms of ‘outdoor writing’—from creative nonfiction (Steven Rinella), fiction (Ernest Hemingway), to the combination of both (Norman Maclean). This extensive market included magazine stories, of course—but it also includes book-length essays, novels, and even weekly newspaper columns. The outdoor industry adds $70 billion to the American economy, and the people spending that money enjoy reading about the object of their passion. This class will encourage open dialogue, sharing work, as well as writing experiences. Topics will include: choosing subjects, establishing your voice, opening lines, research, narrative, cliffhangers, format, illustrations,the markets, and getting published. For all levels.

Bill Carman is an active hunting and fishing guide and has published three books and dozens of magazine articles. His fourth book, Saving Noah-Love, Murder and Kentucky Politics, will be released in January. Valerie Askeren is a well-known writer of outdoor guidebooks. Her book, Fly Fishing Kentucky, has become a regional bestseller.

Please note: This class may be canceled or postponed due to weather or local health guidelines this fall. This class takes place at McConnell Springs Park, 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY.

Start Date
Sunday, October 24th
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Bill Carman & special guest Valerie Askeren

McConnell Springs Park
416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY 40504

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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251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

The building is currently closed to the public until further notice.

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

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