Seeing & Listening: Translating the Known World to the Page – Fall 2021

Writer Annie Dillard, in an essay called “Seeing” in Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek, describes one moment of light in the branches of a tree in a wood: “I had been my whole life a bell and never knew it until that moment I was lifted and struck.” This six-week course for writers of prose fiction and creative nonfiction will focus on the practice of seeing, listening, and translating our experiences into vivid and specific prose. We will read and discuss excerpts from essays and short stories. We will write in response to exercises, work on the start of longer pieces, and discuss our work. Participants will also have the chance to talk one-on-one with the instructor about their writing lives. For all levels.

Karen Salyer McElmurray is the author of fiction and nonfiction, most recently a novel, Wanting Radiance (University Press of Kentucky, 2020), and of an essay collection, Voice Lessons (Iris Publishing Group, 2021). She is originally from Johnson County, in Eastern Kentucky, frequently the setting for her work.

Start Date
Wednesday, October 13th
Meets Wednesdays
October 13th - November 17th
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Karen Salyer McElmurray


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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Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

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

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