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Jan
1
The plot is the most basic element of a novel, and yet learning to plot is often the hardest challenge of the fiction writer. What is a plot? Are there different types? Do I need to outline? How do I learn how to plot? In this seminar, we’ll answer all ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 1st
Note
Pre-Recorded
Time
12:00am - 12:00am
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Address
Online
Jan
1
Setting in a novel isn’t simply the background to your story. It’s another character! Learn why the right setting can make or break your novel, how to choose the best setting for your story, how to research that setting without leaving your house, and how to develop your setting with ...
Start Date
Saturday, January 1st
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Apr
1
Join us for a 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! No registration is required. For current selections, contact Alan at church11@webtv.net or 859-252-7041. Alan Church, Ph.D. is a retired clinical ...
Start Date
Friday, April 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
Apr
23
This once-a-month workshop provides writers options for structuring their novels, developing pivotal plot scenes, writing prompts designed to help writers make forward progress, and group mentoring/brainstorming to help break through obstacles. For intermediate/advanced levels. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children ...
Start Date
Saturday, April 23rd
Note
This class meets on the fourth Saturday of every month, April through September.
Time
10:30am - 1:30pm
Cost
$150
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
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,’ Julia will give an overview of the planning and preparation you can do to further connect and ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Link will be emailed to you upon registration
Cost
$35
Instructor

Julia Royston

Venue
Pre-recorded
May
18
Can you write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month? Yes you can! This ten-time National Novel Writing Month winner will share with you how it’s done while living a busy life. The seminar includes strategies for meeting your word count, writing a quick first draft, and keeping track ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

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
May
18
Learn the process for seeking a literary agent, from beginning to end: where to find agents, the formula for writing a query letter, what may be required in your submission package, how to keep track of query submissions, and the proper etiquette for interacting with agents. Though your novel must ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Pre-recorded- Link will be emailed to you upon registration
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Mattox

Venue
Online
May
18
In this two-hour webinar, led by USA Today best-selling author Tiffany Reisz, you will learn tips, tools, and techniques for revising and self-editing your fiction in preparation for querying, submission, traditional or self-publication. This class is offered as a pre-recorded webinar. The link to the video and any accompanying materials ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Jun
10
If you’ve reached that golden age, join this group, which features cross-genre writing prompts; feedback for family stories, memoirs, poems, and fiction; tips for reading and publishing your work; and lively conversation and fellowship. Sarah Combs is the author of the YA novels Breakfast Served Anytime and The Light Fantastic, ...
Start Date
Friday, June 10th
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
June 10th - July 15th
Time
10:30am - 12:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Lexington Senior Center
Address
195 Life Lane
Jun
10
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, June 10th
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
June 10th - August 12th
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
Free
Instructor

Leslie Dodd

Venue
Online
Jun
14
Join Tiffany Reisz in an MFA-style fiction workshop. Writers should be published or pursuing publication with a finished novel or short story. Writers must provide 10–20 pages for workshopping. Limit: 8 participants. Tiffany Reisz is a USA Today bestselling and Lambda Award winning author, and lives in Louisville. Her novel ...
Start Date
Tuesday, June 14th
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Time
5:15pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$150
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second St.
Jun
14
Join a lively, diverse group of people exploring nonfiction writing, including personal essays, columns, magazine pieces, and autobiography. This is a chance to share your work in progress, receive and offer feedback, and gain confidence in an affirming atmosphere. Led by Neil Chethik, Carnegie Center Executive Director (2012-2022) and author ...
Start Date
Tuesday, June 14th
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Duration
June 14th - July 19th
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Neil Chethik

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second Street
Jun
20
Find focus, gain confidence, and learn about writing fiction for kids through discussion, peer-sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work-in-progress–or at least an idea for one. Led by Marcia Thornton Jones, an award-winning author who has published more than 130 books for children with sales totaling more than 43 ...
Start Date
Monday, June 20th
Note
Meets Mondays ONLINE
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$128
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Jun
29
Have you ever read a piece in a magazine or newspaper that you just can’t put down? How do writers for magazines and newspapers pull readers in? We’ll teach you the secrets of how to craft a piece that really grabs your readers and takes them on a journey. From ...
Start Date
Wednesday, June 29th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
June 29th - August 3rd
Time
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Liz Carey

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second St.
Jun
30
This is an informal discussion group focusing on literature by and about women. Be prepared to buy or check out from the library the works selected. Contact the Carnegie Center for the updated book list. Jan Isenhour, former Executive Director of the Carnegie Center, has facilitated the Brown Bag group ...
Start Date
Thursday, June 30th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Duration
June 30th - August 18th
Time
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Cost
Free
Instructor

Jan Isenhour

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second Street
Jul
5
Whether you are a White writer who wants to use diverse characters in your work, or you’re a Black writer who wants to decenter whiteness in your work, this 6 week, half generative, half workshop class will have something for you. Based on Ibram X Kendi’s How to Be an ...
Start Date
Tuesday, July 5th
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cost
$42
Instructor

Claudia Love Mair & Elizabeth Burton

Venue
Online
Jul
7
Writing a book is exciting, a chance to put your personal stamp in the canon of human experience. It can also make you pull your hair out with frustration and take up valuable headspace for decades. This deeply personal, peculiar creative journey is something only writers understand. In this class, ...
Start Date
Thursday, July 7th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Erin Chandler

Venue
Online
Jul
7
Writers of personal essay and short memoir pieces often wonder how to organize disparate stories in a collection. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to identify common themes and styles among their memoirs and personal essays. We’ll discuss and practice ways to enhance connections and transitions between chapters and ...
Start Date
Thursday, July 7th
Note
Meets Thursdays
Time
5:15pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$48
Instructor

Kimberly Crum

Venue
Online
Jul
9
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck during the revision of a short story—unsure of where to begin, lost in the middle, or still unsatisfied after multiple attempts—then reverse outlining might be useful. This is a simple, customizable technique to help you “re-see” your story from a new perspective so you ...
Start Date
Saturday, July 9th
Note
One-time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Ashley Blooms

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second St.
Jul
9
Publishing your own work has never been easier. Unfortunately, if you’re new to self-publishing, you can end up thousands of dollars in the hole before ever selling a single book. If you know what pitfalls to avoid, however, you can professionally publish your own books without breaking the bank. Learn ...
Start Date
Saturday, July 9th
Note
One-time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Andrew Shaffer

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second St.
Jul
9
In this class we will happily get lost in the details of poetry. We will revel in the sounds, zigzag through the commas, tap to the rhythms of the lines, vibrate with the verbs. We will submit poems and workshop them, will study books, dissect examples. As time allows, each ...
Start Date
Saturday, July 9th
Note
Meets Saturdays
Time
10:00am - 12:00pm
Cost
$175
Instructor

Katerina Stoykova

Venue
Online
Jul
16
Looking to freshen up your memoir? Trying to make your narrative voice come alive in your short stories or novels? This session will offer you the chance to explore the various poetic skills utilized by renowned prose writers to develop their own distinct, unique writing styles. Description, dialogue, exposition— every ...
Start Date
Saturday, July 16th
Note
One-time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Sean Corbin

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second St.
Jul
18
This class will cover trauma and how as writers we transpose our experiences onto paper. The vulnerability we face in doing so may hinder our writing process and emotional wellbeing. We will dive into the trauma writing process, post trauma processing, apprehensions with publishing lived personal trauma, and suggestions on ...
Start Date
Monday, July 18th
Note
One-time
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Amelia Zachry

Venue
Online
Jul
30
As writers of historical fiction, we need to listen to the past and reinterpret it so that modern audiences can understand and relate to it. This workshop will focus on strategies for researching the past and effectively incorporating it into your stories. Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet and ...
Start Date
Saturday, July 30th
Note
One-time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Angela Jackson-Brown

Venue
Online
Aug
2
Newsletters are the new blogs. They can be about anything you want, no matter how specific (over the last year, writers have started newsletters about topics ranging from tinned fish to life in Appalachia). But how do you transition your newsletter from passion project to profit? Instructor Ashlie Stevens will ...
Start Date
Tuesday, August 2nd
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cost
$56
Instructor

Ashlie Stevens

Venue
Online
Aug
3
When “the world is too much with us” (William Wordsworth), let’s offer hope, encouragement and inspiration with our writing. We’ll explore varied forms of spiritual/ inspirational writing, such as devotions, self-help, personal experience and more. Let’s make the world a kinder place through our words. Karen Leet has sold more ...
Start Date
Wednesday, August 3rd
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Time
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost
$42
Instructor

Karen Leet

Venue
Online
Aug
3
Join Sylvia Lovely for a three-part seminar series on how to write the stories of your life. From cave wall hieroglyphics to the great literary works, we are hard-wired to describe and understand our lives and the times in which we live through stories. Some say, “I do not have ...
Start Date
Wednesday, August 3rd
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
August 3rd - August 17th
Time
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cost
$39; $33 for Good Foods Co-op owners)
Instructor

Sylvia Lovely

Venue
Online
Aug
6
When you think about it, any form of art is built on thievery--stealing ideas, images, colors, turns of phrase, etc. and making them something new. Every art is a “found” art. How do you acknowledge this as an artist? How can you use the ideas of borrowing, thievery, homage, allusion, ...
Start Date
Saturday, August 6th
Note
One-time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Sean Corbin

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 W. Second St.

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Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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