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Nov
30
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
Wednesday, November 30th
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Whitney Collins

Venue
Online
Nov
30
Learn 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 and communicate with your target audience. Julia Royston is an ...
Start Date
Wednesday, November 30th
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Julia Royston

Venue
Online
Dec
1
Black authors face special challenges in the publishing world: blatant racism, microaggressions, and dealing with the expectations of the publishing business, which is by and large centered on whiteness. Learn how you can succeed in writing and publishing while Black. Panelists include Claudia Love Mair, Crystal Wilkinson, makalani bandele, and ...
Start Date
Thursday, December 1st
Note
Pre-recorded
Cost
35
Instructor

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

Venue
Online
Dec
1
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 dos and don’ts of grant writing, and more! This 90-minute class ...
Start Date
Thursday, December 1st
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

Venue
Online
Dec
12
Workshop can be intimidating for any writer—whether it’s your first experience or your hundredth. In this seminar, we’ll cover all the basics to help you feel confident and well-prepared. We’ll discuss what to expect from the workshop, how to write a helpful feedback letter, how to make the most of ...
Start Date
Monday, December 12th
Time
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Ashley Blooms

Venue
Online
Jan
1
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 or Erin O’Donnell at ...
Start Date
Sunday, January 1st
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
Jan
9
Join us at the community table in the beautiful, light-filled reference room where we’ll be inspired to write from rotating prompts. We’ll do a few short-timed writing sessions designed to get your pen moving and to shut down the inner critic. After each timed session, writers will read their new ...
Start Date
Monday, January 9th
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Melissa Bell-Pitts

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jan
13
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, January 13th
Note
Meets Fridays
Time
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Leslie Dodd

Venue
Online
Jan
13
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, January 13th
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
January 13th - March 24th
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Lexington Senior Center
Address
195 Life Lane
Jan
17
A distinctive trait of memorable writing is its (and its author’s) “sense of place.” Any “place” is much more than just its geographical location—it is also defined by history, culture, ecology, economics, sociology, and ethnography—all of which may have intensely personal, familial, and communal dimensions. Through a series of directed ...
Start Date
Tuesday, January 17th
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Time
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost
$140
Instructor

Tony Crunk

Venue
Online
Jan
23
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. This class is for emerging writers (age 35 ...
Start Date
Monday, January 23rd
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Z Jackson

Venue
Online
Jan
25
This cross-genre class will address the importance of crafting narrative through scenes. Through in-class writing exercises and discussion of the work of established writers, we will explore the thorniest of writers’ quandaries: When (and how much) do I show, and when (and how much) do I tell? Sarah Combs is ...
Start Date
Wednesday, January 25th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Time
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost
$96
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jan
26
Learn how to write and sell a marketable screenplay in today’s competitive film industry. Explore the scripting process with an industry executive to guide you and provide valuable advice and resources for you to use throughout your screenwriting career. Bring an idea, a work in progress, or your questions about ...
Start Date
Thursday, January 26th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Time
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost
$60
Instructor

Mitch Smith

Venue
Online
Jan
28
This class is hyrbid, and meets in person as well as online. In person: Saturdays, January 28 & February 25, 10:30am–Noon  Online: Saturdays, February 11 & 18, 10:30am–Noon  Orson Welles’ hour-long radio play “War of the Worlds” that aired in October 1938 is said to have caused panic among its ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 28th
Note
In-person and online
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
$56
Instructor

Bill McCann

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Feb
5
First Saturday of each month, February–April, 10:30am–Noon • FREE Join us for a monthly discussion group of contemporary Latin American, Latinx, and Hispanic fiction conducted in Spanish. The group welcomes members who are comfortable reading adult Spanish-language books and talking about them. Books will be selected based on group member ...
Start Date
Sunday, February 5th
Note
Meets first Saturday of each month
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Tatianna Verswyvel

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Feb
15
Flash fiction, short poems, mini-memoirs, haikus, and other short forms’ efficient use of imagery, discerning eye for detail, and thoughtful word choice effectively convey powerful messages and ideas. We will review some examples and discuss techniques to build your own toolkit. Jay McCoy has served the local writing community for ...
Start Date
Wednesday, February 15th
Note
One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Jay McCoy

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Mar
8
Are you ready to set off on a new writing journey in the new year? Or do you feel lost as a writer and need to reprogram your writing GPS? Let us help you on your way to your writing destination. Learn how to lay out a road map, overcome ...
Start Date
Wednesday, March 8th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$42
Instructor

Eugenia Johnson-Smith

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Mar
11
Conceived out of the grief of losing loved ones to addiction and a desire to have said the important things while still possible, this is a collaborative workshop to write a legacy in words for our friends and families. This workshop is intended to honor the folks in our lives ...
Start Date
Saturday, March 11th
Note
One time
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$10
Instructor

Anna Ross

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Mar
15
Whether a snarky rhyme in a poem or a humorous turn in an essay, humor can serve a variety of roles in your writing. In this class, we will look at fun and poignant examples of writers turning to comedy as an essential tool. We will also discuss our own ...
Start Date
Wednesday, March 15th
Note
One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Jay McCoy

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Mar
25
Join us 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 not only includes magazine stories, but also book-length essays, novels, and even weekly newspaper columns. The outdoor industry adds $70 billion to ...
Start Date
Saturday, March 25th
Note
One time
Time
10:00am - 2:00pm
Cost
$65
Instructor

Bill Carman

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
10
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. This class is for emerging writers (age 35 ...
Start Date
Monday, April 10th
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Z Jackson

Venue
Online
Apr
10
Join us at the community table in the beautiful, light-filled reference room where we’ll be inspired to write from rotating prompts. We’ll do a few short-timed writing sessions designed to get your pen moving and to shut down the inner critic. After each timed session, writers will read their new ...
Start Date
Monday, April 10th
Note
Meets Mondays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Melissa Bell-Pitts

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
12
Are you ready to set off on a new writing journey in the new year? Or do you feel lost as a writer and need to reprogram your writing GPS? Let us help you on your way to your writing destination. Learn how to lay out a road map, overcome ...
Start Date
Wednesday, April 12th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$79
Instructor

Eugenia Johnson-Smith

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
12
Are you ready to set off on a new writing journey in the new year? Or do you feel lost as a writer and need to reprogram your writing GPS? Let us help you on your way to your writing destination. Learn how to lay out a road map, overcome ...
Start Date
Wednesday, April 12th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$42
Instructor

Eugenia Johnson-Smith

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
14
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, April 14th
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
April 14th - May 26th
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Lexington Senior Center
Address
195 Life Lane
Apr
14
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, April 14th
Note
Meets Fridays
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Leslie Dodd

Venue
Online
Apr
19
Whether you already dabble in comics or are a self-proclaimed “person who can’t draw,” you are welcome here! In this cartooning workshop, we will look at different examples of self-discovery and self-expression through comics. We will do some quick drawing and writing exercises to get warmed up and generate ideas ...
Start Date
Wednesday, April 19th
Note
One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Erin Fitzgerald

Venue
Online
Apr
20
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, April 20th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$70
Instructor

Jonathan Scott

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Apr
29
Great books make great films! Discover the joy and the challenges of adapting a novel into a script for the movies or a Limited Television Series. This workshop will offer the basics of writing a screenplay and explore how to bring unforgettable characters and sizzling plots to the screen. Always ...
Start Date
Saturday, April 29th
Note
One time
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$45
Instructor

Margaret Price

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
May
17
Transformation and queerness go hand in hand. Anne Sexton’s Transformations queers the fairy tale. torrin a. greenhouse writes about self-transformation in her poetry. Jos Charles’ feeld takes readers on a transformative experience through language itself. We’ll examine poems that use transformation in a variety of ways. Then we’ll write our ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 17th
Note
One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Avery Guess

Venue
Online

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