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May
18
Join Julia Royston from BK Royston Publishing Company as she discusses the essential elements of building your author brand. From author platforms to messaging to social media to “turning your words into wealth,” You will be given an overview of the planning and preparation you can do to further connect ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Julia Royston

Venue
Online
May
18
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 grant writing, and more! This 90-minute class ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

Venue
Online
Aug
1
Submitting your work for publication can be an intimidating process, but this class will guide you through the entire process: from preparing your fiction, poetry, essays, and manuscripts for publication to writing a cover letter, from investigating magazines and presses to managing your active submissions, and from handling the sting ...
Start Date
Monday, August 1st
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Whitney Collins

Venue
Online
Aug
8
Black authors face special challenges in the publishing world, from blatant racism to microaggressions to dealing with the expectations of the publishing business, which is by and large centered in whiteness. Learn how you can succeed in writing and publishing while Black. Panelists: Claudia Love Mair, Crystal Wilkinson, makalani bandele, ...
Start Date
Monday, August 8th
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
35
Instructor

Claudia Love Mair, Crystal Wilkinson, makalani bandele, and Angela Jackson-Brown

Venue
Online
Aug
19
If you’re interested in writing and have reached that golden age, this is the group for you! Participants can expect cross-genre writing prompts; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems, and fiction; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship Led by Sarah Combs, author of the ...
Start Date
Friday, August 19th
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
August 19th - December 2nd
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Lexington Senior Center
Address
195 Life Lane
Aug
30
Join us for a monthly 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! To join or for information about current selections, contact Alan at church11@webtv.net or (859) 252-7041. Alan Church, Ph.D. is ...
Start Date
Tuesday, August 30th
Note
This class meets on the last Tuesday of every month, January through November.
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Alan Church

Venue
Online
Sep
9
This writing experience offers attendees the opportunity to engage in a creative and communicative loop without judgment. We write from a variety of prompts, designed to release the inner censor and simply get words on a page. After each timed session, writers read aloud their new work to participating attendees ...
Start Date
Friday, September 9th
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
September 9th - November 18th
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Leslie Dodd

Venue
Online
Sep
12
Join us each session for generative in-class exercises, and share your work in a supportive environment. We will discuss writing concepts in an open format to build a strong foundation for a long-form project. Perfect for beginners and open to all genres and levels. This class is for emerging writers ...
Start Date
Monday, September 12th
Note
Meets Mondays
Duration
September 12th - October 24th
Time
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Z Jackson

Venue
Online
Sep
22
If you’ve ever listened to The Moth Radio Hour or The Moth Podcast, you already know the power and fun of personal storytelling. The stories we tell at The Time Of My Life aren’t traditional tales, folktales, or stand-up comedy. They are part of our shared human existence. Sometimes dramatic, ...
Start Date
Thursday, September 22nd
Note
Meets Thursdays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$70
Instructor

Jonathan Scott

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Oct
8
Learn about the crucial role Point of View plays in your writing—from first to third person and beyond. In this generative workshop, we’ll explore the differences, similarities, and impacts each perspective brings to a story and then practice on our own writing. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the ...
Start Date
Saturday, October 8th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Claudia Love Mair

Venue
Online
Oct
15
Writing is only part of what it takes to craft a non-fiction piece. From delving into genealogy to accessing public records to interviewing subjects, there’s a myriad of things that go into researching. You’ll learn where to find records, how to access them, and tips on interviewing people for your ...
Start Date
Saturday, October 15th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$45
Instructor

Liz Carey

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Oct
19
For millennia, writers have taken inspiration from visual artists and musicians. This creative method is known as ekphrasis and is the central topic for this seminar. We will use visual art and music from LGBTQIA+ artists and musicians as prompts to write new work. This is a safe space. This ...
Start Date
Wednesday, October 19th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Jay McCoy

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Oct
20
In this class, you will be introduced to the various productivity strategies used by some of the world’s most prolific authors, such as Stephen King and Nora Roberts. This class is offered in partnershipwith Louisville Literary Arts. New York Times bestselling author Andrew Shaffer—who wrote his first published novel in ...
Start Date
Thursday, October 20th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Andrew Shaffer

Venue
Online
Oct
22
It’s been said that dialogue is character, and character is plot. In this two-hour workshop, we will analyze dialogue from novels, memoirs, and screenplays and generate new material in response to prompts. By exploring a variety of techniques for conveying conflict, character, and plot through written dialogue, students will develop ...
Start Date
Saturday, October 22nd
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jessica Handler

Venue
Online
Oct
22
This contemplative writing workshop provides an opportunity for participants to combine guided meditation and writing. We will journey into our bodies and then use a prompt to tell our stories from the inside out. We will commit what we find onto the page in the form of a freewrite. These ...
Start Date
Saturday, October 22nd
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

LeTonia Jones

Venue
Online
Nov
4
Break through your writing obstacles during a weekend writing retreat designed to provide motivation and promote writing flow. Each day of this retreat will include: freewriting exercises, goal-setting, independent writing time, craft discussions, and problem-solving sessions to help break through blocks. The retreat will culminate with a share/response session featuring ...
Start Date
Friday, November 4th
Time
10:00am - 4:00pm
Cost
$125
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Nov
16
When we tell stories of our life, they could be fiction or fact, but they are always our truth. Most writers struggle with putting personal words to paper. Joy Harjo said, “I know I walk in and out of several wounds every day.” Rumi contemplated, “The wound is the place ...
Start Date
Wednesday, November 16th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Jay McCoy

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Nov
19
For both fiction and non-fiction writers, the smallest building blocks of sensory detail can strengthen character, world, and setting in ways that will enthrall your reader and keep them reading until the last page. We’ll talk sensory detail and engage in exercises to better utilize imagination as well as the ...
Start Date
Saturday, November 19th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Venue
Online
Dec
7
Learn how to convey the most elemental of experiences in words that will be savored long after your work is read. We’ll read compelling food narratives and give you the ingredients to create essays that capture your food heritage. You’ll be given essay prompts, and if there’s time, we’ll workshop ...
Start Date
Wednesday, December 7th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost
$20; $17 for Good Food Co-op owners
Instructor

Ellen Birkett Morris

Venue
Online
Dec
10
By pitching at online events, it’s possible to secure a publisher and get your book traditionally published without an agent. Christine did! Learn about these events, how to find them, and how to participate. Helpful tips will sharpen your pitch, explain what happens when a publisher or agent “likes” your ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 10th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Christine Van Zandt

Venue
Online
Dec
10
This workshop is designed to allow you to build a vision board that is a reflection of your vision and goals as a writer for 2023. You will receive a checklist of tips on how to set your writing goals and unique ways on how to hold yourself accountable in ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 10th
Note
One-Time
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$45 (some supplies included)
Instructor

Melody Westerfield

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.

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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