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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
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
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
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
Cost
$35
Instructor

Jennifer Hester Mattox

Venue
Online
May
18
In this two-hour webinar, you will learn tips, tools, and techniques for revising and self-editing your fiction in preparation for querying, submission, traditional or self-publication. Tiffany Reisz is a USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels. She lives with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, in Louisville. This class is suitable for intermediate ...
Start Date
Wednesday, May 18th
Note
Pre-Recorded
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tiffany Reisz

Venue
Online
Jul
28
Overwhelmed by the college search, selection, and application process? Let an expert help. Through her work in college admissions and private consulting, Beth Murner has guided hundreds of students through the college admissions process. Services include: pre-college planning, scholarship search, college search, ACT preparation, interview skills, essay writing, application navigation, ...
Start Date
Thursday, July 28th
Time
12:00am - 12:00am
Cost
$45
Instructor

Beth Murner

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
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
Nov
2
THIS CLASS HAS REACHED CAPACITY. This is an opportunity for advanced fiction writers of all genres. 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 the YA novels, Breakfast Served Anytime ...
Start Date
Wednesday, November 2nd
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
November 2nd - December 8th
Time
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cost
$80
Instructor

Sarah Combs

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Nov
9
GRADES 4–5: Hone your writing skills in a creative, hands-on environment! Together, we’ll explore how fun writing can be as we play writing games and write stories, poems, and more. This class will start online, but may also meet in person. Carole Johnston is a poet, former school library media ...
Start Date
Wednesday, November 9th
Note
No class November 23
Time
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Carole Johnston

Venue
Online
Nov
16
Learn to speak conversational Italian and appreciate Italian culture. In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the language through exercises, poems, songs, and practice. Levels 1 & 2 of Just Enough Italian can be taken at a discounted rate. Click here to register for Levels 1 & 2. Andrea ...
Start Date
Wednesday, November 16th
Note
Meets Wednesdays
Duration
November 16th - December 14th
Time
5:30pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$84 ($140 for Levels 1 & 2)
Instructor

Andrea Branchini

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Dec
3
Genres like fabulism, slipstream, and magical realism are known for blurring the boundaries between the fantastic and the mundane. This blurring often results in stories that feel familiar, yet new, and that allow the author to explore complex themes in an accessible way. In this class, we’ll dig into the ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 3rd
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Ashley Blooms

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
Dec
6
When it comes to roping in your reader, every page matters. We’ll explore and discuss the web of elements (character, plot, setting, style, etc.) that create a book that will keep the reader turning pages from start to finish. Tracee de Hahn is the author of the Agnes Lüthi mystery ...
Start Date
Tuesday, December 6th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
5:30pm - 7:15pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Tracee de Hahn

Venue
Carnegie Center
Address
251 West Second St.
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
The new date for this class is Saturday, December 10 at 10:30 am. 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 ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 10th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
$35
Instructor

Elizabeth Kilcoyne

Venue
Online
Dec
10
3–5 YEAR-OLDS & THEIR GROWN-UPS: Join us for story time, parent assisted activities, and free books designed to encourage early excitement for reading through hands-on activities for parent and child. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first introduction to a story time ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 10th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
11:30am - 12:30pm
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Glenna Holloway

Venue
Online
Dec
10
2 YEAR-OLDS & THEIR GROWN-UPS: Join us for story time, parent-assisted activities, and free books designed to encourage early excitement for reading. This laid-back atmosphere is friendly to busy toddlers and preschoolers and is a great first introduction to a story time setting. With experience in performance and teaching, Glenna ...
Start Date
Saturday, December 10th
Note
Meets One-Time
Time
10:15am - 11:15am
Cost
FREE
Instructor

Glenna Holloway

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.
Feb
5
The Carnegie Center invites young women and nonbinary writers in grades 9-12 to apply to the Young Writers Project, a FREE series of intensive workshops focused on creative self-expression through writing. The selected group of participants will attend seven sessions (see below). In these workshops, experienced writers in their 20s and 30s will ...
Start Date
Sunday, February 5th
Time
12:00am - 12:00am
Cost
FREE
Instructor

TBD

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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