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Jun
3
Nonfiction writers process our experiences and our world through research, reflection, and writing. In this class, we will learn about the genre of Creative Nonfiction and its many forms and elements. Class participants will receive generative writing prompts to help them begin writing their own essays. Lucy Jayes holds an ...
Start Date
Monday, June 3
Note
Meets Mondays (No class June 17 or July 8)
Duration
June 3 - July 15
Time
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost
$70
Instructor

Lucy Jayes

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jun
3
Join us at the community table in the 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 help you get your pen moving while shutting down your inner critic. After each timed session, writers will read their new ...
Start Date
Monday, June 3
Note
Meets Mondays
Duration
June 3 - August 19
Time
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Melissa Bell-Pitts

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jun
4
Come join screenwriters from around the world in an exclusive screenwriting group where writers can share their work, ask questions, and learn how to pitch their scripts so that they can succeed in today’s competitive film industry! The group will be overseen by award-winning writer/producer Mitch Smith, and will be ...
Start Date
Tuesday, June 4
Note
Meets Alternating Tuesdays
Duration
June 4 - August 27
Time
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost
$98
Instructor

Mitch Smith

Venue
Online
Jun
7
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 7
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
June 7 - August 30
Time
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Leslie Dodd

Venue
Online
Jun
10
This workshop class is designed to motivate and inspire writers of kids’ books by exploring plot and craft techniques through discussion, peer-sharing, and writing exercises. Come with a work-in-progress–or at least an idea for one. Enrolled students also receive an invitation to join Marcia in additional kids’ book writing opportunities ...
Start Date
Monday, June 10
Note
Meets Mondays
Duration
June 10 - July 29
Time
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost
$150
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Jun
11
This generative writing workshop focuses on crafting compelling stories in less than 1000 words. Participants will learn what flash fiction is (and is not) and how to distill their ideas into potent, concise narratives. Through interactive exercises and examples, we will unleash the power of brevity to create micro manuscripts ...
Start Date
Tuesday, June 11
Note
One time, Tuesday
Duration
June 11 - June 11
Time
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Venue
Online
Jun
17
Join us for this 7-week session and learn how to create a new work of genre short fiction from start to finish. Jason Sizemore is the editor-in-chief and owner of the genre press Apex Book Company. Jason resides in Lexington, KY, where he works to make science fiction as popular ...
Start Date
Monday, June 17
Note
Meets Mondays
Duration
June 17 - July 29
Time
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost
$98
Instructor

Jason Sizemore

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jun
21
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, June 21
Note
Meets Fridays
Duration
June 21 - August 9
Time
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Lexington Senior Center
Address
195 Life Lane
Jun
26
This is a 2 part "Cozy Mystery" sequence of classes. You may either take only the first class on June 26 OR take both classes. The second class builds on the first.  Part 1: "What is a Cozy Mystery?" Whether you have heard of a cozy mystery or not, the genre is extremely popular ...
Start Date
Wednesday, June 26
Note
Meets Wednesdays (Two Class Sequence)
Duration
June 26 - July 24
Time
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost
$35 - $70
Instructor

Sylvia Ahrens

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jun
26
Want to write but struggling for ideas? Find some inspiration through ekphrastic writing—writing inspired by different art forms. Sean will lead you through this non-stop writing boot camp and show you how to tap into endless fields of creative insight. Sean L Corbin has taught ekphrastic writing for years, and ...
Start Date
Wednesday, June 26
Note
One time, Wednesday
Duration
June 26 - June 26
Time
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost
$52
Instructor

Sean L. Corbin

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jun
26
This is an opportunity for fiction writers of all genres and levels of experience. Through hands-on writing exercises and discussion of contemporary fiction, we will examine such nuts-and-bolts elements as voice, point of view, mood, and plot. Sarah Combs is the author of YA novels, Breakfast Served Anytime and The ...
Start Date
Wednesday, June 26
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
June 26 - July 31
Time
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost
$112
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jun
29
The purpose of this circle is to offer a safer space (because there is no truly safe space) for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) womxn to write and share our truths. It will also serve to build a strong BIPOC womxn’s writing community. Each session will include writing ...
Start Date
Saturday, June 29
Note
Meets Saturdays
Duration
June 29 - July 27
Time
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Mya Sophia and Ondine Quinn

Venue
Online
Jul
2
Please join this inclusive group of intermediate level speculative fiction writers who aim to hone their craft and build a vibrant community of fellow artists. We will perform generative writing exercises, live structured workshops, and craft-focused close readings. Sam Milligan is a queer southern writer, educator, and nonprofit communications professional ...
Start Date
Tuesday, July 2
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Duration
July 2 - August 6
Time
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Sam Milligan

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jul
9
This class will mainly serve as a workshop for students to bring finished drafts of work in for critique and discussion in a safe, supportive environment. Please note that we work under the assumption that students are looking for feedback to change and improve their writing. This is a class ...
Start Date
Tuesday, July 9
Note
Meets Tuesdays
Duration
July 9 - August 27
Time
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost
$112
Instructor

Sean L. Corbin

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Jul
17
This eight-week series is recommended for writers with works of nonfiction in progress, or ideas for true stories they want to tell. During each class, we will study a contemporary essay and discuss what we can borrow from it, and workshop class members’ original essays. Lucy Jayes holds an MFA ...
Start Date
Wednesday, July 17
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
July 17 - August 28
Time
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost
$98
Instructor

Lucy Jayes

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West 2nd Street
Jul
24
You don’t have to be an artist to write picture books! This workshop focuses on structuring, writing, and formatting your idea into a book perfect for the picture book market. Enrolled students also receive an invitation to join Marcia in additional kids’ book writing opportunities for free. Marcia Thornton Jones ...
Start Date
Wednesday, July 24
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
July 24 - August 28
Time
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost
$84
Instructor

Marcia Thornton Jones

Venue
Online
Jul
31
Humankind has always been fascinated by extremes: what is extraordinarily beautiful, extraordinarily ugly, and beyond societal norms. If you find these ideas appeal to you more than usual, how do you capture these experiences and portray them in your art, whether written or visual? In this course we will discuss ...
Start Date
Wednesday, July 31
Note
One time, Wednesday
Duration
July 31 - July 31
Time
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Darian Bianco

Venue
Online
Aug
8
Enliven your poetry by understanding and practicing sound devices unique to poems, such as consonance, assonance, harmonic structure, rhythm, and rhyme. We'll look at model poems and draft new work with an option to share what you've written during class. Marianne Worthington is co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The ...
Start Date
Thursday, August 8
Note
One time, Thursday
Duration
August 8 - August 8
Time
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Marianne Worthington

Venue
Online
Aug
24
"Outdoor Writing" as a genre, can take many forms. It can be creative nonfiction (Steven Rinella), fiction (Ernest Hemingway), or combinations of both (Norman Maclean). The genre can include book-length essays, novels, weekly newspaper columns, and the most common, magazine stories. The market is extensive. The outdoor industry adds $70 ...
Start Date
Saturday, August 24
Note
One time, Saturday
Duration
August 24 - August 24
Time
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cost
$70
Instructor

Bill Carman

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.

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